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Cedefop Database on Financing Adult Learning

04 June 2014


We are pleased to inform you that Cedefop launched a new database on financing adult learning on 1st of April 2014. 

The database provides information on cost-sharing schemes implemented in EU Member States (EU-27, Croatia currently not covered) and designed to increase participation and private investment in adult learning. It covers the following types of instrument: training funds, tax incentives, grants, vouchers/individual learning accounts, loans, training leave, payback clauses.

The information on design of cost-sharing schemes refers to 2010-2013. The data on their performance (beneficiaries and volumes of funding involved) may also date back to previous years. The database builds on Cedefop’s thematic studies (see http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/publications.aspx?project=2656 ) and the surveys of national experts conducted in 2010-2011. In 2013, the information was complemented and up-dated where possible.

Most of the schemes included in the database have in-built cost-sharing (between government, companies and individuals) by nature. Regarding grants for individuals/vouchers/individual learning accounts, only those where cofinancing by beneficiary is embedded in the financing formula are included.

Eligible group

The database covers schemes where those aged 25 and above are the only eligible group or one of them. The schemes exclusively targeted at public sector employees are not covered.

Type of education and training

The database covers formal and non-formal education and training for adults, including higher education. The following are excluded: education and training financed only from public funds/provided by the State (e.g. basic skills) and the schemes exclusively funding apprenticeships.

Level of operation

The database covers cost-sharing schemes regulated by national legislation or regional legislation (where regions have strong influence in country’s political system), or through collective agreements (in particular, in countries where involvement of social partners in collective bargaining is traditionally strong). The local (public administration) initiatives or initiatives at company level are not covered.

Click here to visit the database.

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