Alert your employees to the €1000 STAP training budget

The STAP budget is a training budget for jobseekers and workers. It offers employers advantages as well. Your staff can develop, and as a result your company can grow. We highlight 3 advantages, plus tips to motivate your employees.

On 1 March 2022, the STAP budget (‘STimulans ArbeidsmarktPositie’) came into effect. The first instalment of the scheme was fully allotted within a month. New application periods open every 2 months. 

The STAP scheme replaces the former private tax deduction for schooling costs in the income tax return. It allows jobseekers and persons in employment to apply for a training budget of up to €1000 per year each. They need to apply (in Dutch) for the budget themselves at the Employee Insurance Agency UWV. As an employer, you can alert your employees to this subsidy and stimulate them to apply for it.

STAP applications have to be in time

Be aware that there is a financial limit to the STAP budget scheme. The Dutch government allots €218 Million per year to this schooling scheme. That means that, on average, some 300,000 persons can follow a training using STAP budget money. Application for the STAP budget opened on 1 March 2022, and is spread over 5 time slots. The second time slot opened on 2 May. The budget for each timeslot may only be available for a few days. So be sure to alert your employees of the scheme beforehand, and allow them to prepare all the required information.

3 advantages for employers

The STAP budget helps your employees grow. That comes with advantages for you as an employer too. KVK business advisor Yvonne Nikkelen talks to employers about their issues on a daily basis. Issues such as staff shortage, corona, and growing ambitions. She sees 3 advantages for employers resulting from the STAP budget.

1. Extra training money for your employees

“Do you have a limited budget for training your employees, or even none at all? The STAP budget is a personal budget for your employees that gives them extra financial opportunities for schooling. You as an employer do not have to pay for it”, says Nikkelen.

2. Employees continue to grow

Employees gain extra knowledge or skills when they train, allowing them to grow to a higher-level or different position. Nikkelen: “Employees will be more likely to stay in your company, especially those who want to continue to develop.”
A short training course, paid for by the STAP budget, allows a worker to explore a different position or specialism.

3. Stimulates innovation in your company

Innovation requires new knowledge or experience. Do you want to get to work on making your business more sustainable, or digitalise your work processes? Or are you thinking of trying out new marketing methods, like setting up a podcast? The STAP budget offers several training options that can help your business continue to grow. “Look into the trainings on offer and see which are aligned with your business goals”, Nikkelen suggests.

Extra costs

Does your employee want to follow a course that costs more than the STAP budget maximum of €1000? You can offer to supplement the remaining schooling costs. The employee indicates on their application how much funding they receive from an external source, in this case you as the employer. The STAP budget is lowered by this amount. The extra costs incurred by you are business costs, that you can deduct from your corporate tax partly or in full.

Example: your employee wants to do a training course from the STAP catalogue. It costs €1500. You offer your employees a training budget of €500 per year. Your employee can then apply for €1000 to pay for the rest of the training. Check out all the STAP budget conditions for more information.

How to motivate your employees

The STAP budget offers you and your employees advantages. You can alert your employees to the possibilities in several ways. Nikkelen explains: “Send your employees an email about the STAP budget, for example. Select 3 training courses from the STAP budget pre-selection portal (in Dutch) that match your business and the business goals. Explain why these courses are a match for your business, your business goals, and your employees’ positions. In the email, tell your employees that they can browse the available courses themselves, and make suggestions about the training they want to do.”

You can also arrange a team meeting to discuss the options for your employees. Or alert them to the budget by putting up information in a visible spot; or by including it with the payslip.

Offering training and retraining may seem like a lot of work. But if you know which steps to take, you will be ready in no time. Read about Retraining your staff.

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