Workers will be able to use the STAP budget to further develop their skills at Dutch universities with a €1,000 discount

Workers and job seekers in the Netherlands can apply for a STAP budget of up to €1000 for training and development from the central government, the Universities of the Netherlands (UNL), made up of 14 Dutch universities that work together to strengthen the university sector, announced.

The STAP budget, or in Dutch called “STimulans ArbeidsmarktPositie” is an incentive that aims to improve the position of employees in the labor market, reports

According to a press release published by the UNL, it will soon be possible to use the budget of the Lifelong Development (LLO) offer of universities in the Netherlands, so that individuals can pay 1000 € less per year.

“It is possible if someone is no longer eligible for student funding for a course. Thanks to the STAP budget, workers and job seekers can continue to develop at a lower cost,” read the statement.

In its statement, the UNL asserts that the STAP budget is the most important step for the development of personal learning rights for everyone living in the Netherlands through the model; each worker can attend one week of training per year.

The association of universities points out that higher education institutions in the Netherlands offer a variety of courses, education and training suitable for those who wish to continue to develop after completing their studies.

“Continuing to grow is important on a personal level, but also for society as a whole. With their LLO offer, universities contribute to societal issues such as climate change, health, digital security or an inclusive and innovative society. They support the sustainable employability of highly qualified people, and thus also the maintenance of our strong knowledge economy,” The UNL statement adds.

He further stated that new offers will be released in phases over the coming months at each university.

Earlier, the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, the MBO Council and NRTO, and universities in the Netherlands published a joint proposal to provide training for Dutch people for one week per year.

The annual National Student Survey (NSE) published last year by Stichting Studiekeuze123, an organization set up by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, indicated that more than 78% of the 137,000 students 66% of the 195,000 students in higher vocational education in the Netherlands were satisfied with their education in general.

The survey was conducted between January 2020 and March 2021 and involved over 330,000 WO (academic orientation) and HBO (career orientation) students.