Retraining for your personnel? Apply for a subsidy

Offering your personnel training and retraining increases staff satisfaction. It also helps to keep your employees up-to-date on relevant developments. Or, it may help personnel to find a new job. There are several schemes and subsidies you can apply for.


The labour market is changing rapidly. That is why it is important for workers and jobseekers to keep developing. To this end, the government has developed the website 'Leeroverzicht' (in Dutch). Here, employees can ask questions about all kinds of training courses, ways to pay for them, and information about career advisers in their neighbourhood. 

Want to start looking for suitable training straight away? Then follow the step-by-step plan.

The Lifelong Learning Credit

If your employee is going to take an MBO, HBO or university course, they can apply for a Lifelong Learning Credit. The Lifelong Learning Credit is a loan and must be repaid within 15 years. Keep in mind that you may not require your employee to take a training course.

Training and Development Funds ('O&O fondsen')

If your business works with a collective labour agreement, or ‘CAO’ in Dutch, you can apply for the financial compensation of O&O-fondsen (Training and Development Funds, in Dutch). These funds compensate for part of the costs of some training courses. They also employ career advisers, who can help with schooling and training routes. Take a look at the overview of recognised O&O-fondsen and similar funds (in Dutch), or contact your sector organisation.

Learn and work counter ('Leerwerkloket')

The ‘Leerwerkloket’ (in Dutch) helps and advises employers, job seekers, students, and employees on learning and working from the vision ‘Leven Lang Ontwikkelen’ (‘Lifelong Development’). They are there for everyone who has questions about retraining, upskilling, and learning on-the-job routes. Each ‘Leerwerkloket’ is an independent collaboration between municipalities, regional development centres, and the Employment Insurance Agency UWV.

Inform the Works Council (‘Informeren Ondernemingsraad’)

Do you decide to offer upskilling or retraining to an employee? And do you have more than 50 employees and therefore a works council? As an employer, you are required to inform the works council (‘ondernemingsraad’ or OR) if you decide to train or upskill an employee using one of the schemes mentioned in this article.

Training obligation

As an employer, you must offer your employees training. For instance through an annual training budget as part of a personal development plan. These costs are business operating expenses that you can partially or fully deduct from your income tax.