25 May 2020
The SLIM scheme is a subsidy scheme of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment that financially supports (SME) entrepreneurs in keeping their employees' knowledge up to date. There is 48 million euros available for learning in SMEs. A further 1.2 million euros has been made available separately for large companies in the hospitality, agriculture and recreation sectors. The first application round is open until 31 March 2020. A second period will open in September 2020.
The ambition for Lifelong Development is formulated in the Brainport Talent & Skills Agreement: the entire population in Brainport Eindhoven is engaged in Lifelong Development. This is a joint responsibility of employer and employee, as well as government and education. This is still a matter of course in every workplace. Financial support can help to start with this or to follow up on a first step. The scheme stimulates the further expansion or scaling up of already successfully proven projects, but new initiatives can also be started.
It is important to know that the SLIM scheme is intended to promote the learning culture within the company. Eligible are, among other things, mapping out the learning needs in the company and individual career advice. Training costs themselves are not eligible under this scheme. If you would like more information on exactly how much you can get for which activity, we recommend that you read the Ministry's Q&A. The four categories of eligible activities are as follows:
- For example, as a company, you could apply for a grant to audit your company in order to create or have a training plan drawn up. We will then look at the organizational structure and activities and the required knowledge of the employees. This is focused on the development needs of the company;
- You can also receive a subsidy for advising on the development of your employees. This is based on the wishes of the individual employees. This concerns, for example, the individual ambitions of employees and the appropriate training programmes;
- Supporting and supervising the development or introduction of a method in the company that stimulates employees to further develop their knowledge, skills and professional attitude during work. For example, you can think of setting up an internal company school;
- The creation of a practical apprenticeship. In this case it only applies to vocational training in the third learning pathway. The vocational pathway (bbl), the vocational training pathway (bol) are explicitly excluded from this regulation. Bbl and bol are funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
As an entrepreneur, you must write and submit the application yourself. You do not have to do this at Brainport, but directly with the central government. Of course, there are application criteria that you first have to go through. If you have any questions about the SLIM scheme, you can contact the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment by e-mail.
Disclaimer: this information is taken from documents of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. No rights can be derived from this article.