First round of training course funding program oversubscribed

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The first round of applications for up to €1,000 to help pay for an officially recognized training course have been massively oversubscribed, state employment agency UWV, which manages STAP funding, said on Friday.

The government has earmarked €160m to be split into five rounds, and the next will start on May 1, when the second batch of €32m becomes available. In total, the money is enough to enable at least 160,000 people to attend an educational course or program.

“The main interest is the confirmation of the need that the STAP process fulfills,” UWV director Tof Thissen told the Nu.nl news site. “Some 35,000 people applied for funding within three days and can now…strengthen their position in the job market.”

Funding is open to anyone aged 18 up to statutory retirement age as well as Dutch and EU nationals and their partners. The training they wish to follow must be officially recognised.

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