A digital overview of all available education and training budgets for the unemployed and employed must be created. The Social and Economic Council (SER) is in favor, as unemployment is expected to continue to rise in the near future due to the corona crisis. The key advisory body also urges the government to invest in work-to-work processes.
According to the SER, there is a great need for information about public and private training opportunities and their financing. There is a wide range of training courses available and there are many different funds and budgets that have to be paid for training, but there is still no clear overview. According to the advisory board, a so-called “training portal” can become an important instrument for promoting a learning culture.
The SER has found that many workers have to look for another job in a short period of time. This is because the number of jobs is decreasing in some sectors while bottlenecks remain in others. “In view of this crisis situation, let’s build together on a better and permanent infrastructure for learning and development so that we can anticipate changes in the labor market now and in the future,” says Mariëtte Hamer, Chairwoman of the SER.
The government already plans to introduce a development budget for every Dutch citizen in 2022.