The SLIM subsidy for learning & development in SMEs

Kenneth Smit editorial | 07-09-2020

It is possible for SMEs to receive a subsidy of up to € 24.999,00 with a maximum duration of 12 months and must start within three months after award. NB!! The application must be submitted between September 1 and September 30, 2020. The company remains responsible for the subsidy application at all times.

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What can you do with the SLIM subsidy?

The scheme lists four activities for which you as an entrepreneur can apply for a subsidy. To get a better idea of ​​these four activities, you will find further information below.

1. Screening of the company

Changes in the labor market can influence the required knowledge, skills and organizational structure of your company. For the strategic planning of your company, it can be useful to gain insight every now and then into what these changes mean for your organization and your employees.

As an entrepreneur, you can apply for a subsidy to engage an external advisor to have your company examined and create a future-oriented training and development plan, which your company can then start working on immediately.

A training and development plan provides insight into the current structure of your company, the knowledge and skills of your staff and the environment in which your company operates. A plan not only shows the current state of affairs, but also looks at the consequences of trends. Specific attention is paid to the expected required knowledge and skills of employees. The plan contains tailor-made advice that your company can use immediately.

2. Career and development advice

To create an educational working environment, it is important to pay attention to
the careers of your staff. What wishes, ambitions and possibilities do your employees have? How does this relate to the labor market? And how can you, as a manager, respond to this together with the employee? To get an answer to these questions, you as an entrepreneur can receive a subsidy to obtain career or development advice for the employees in your organization.

To arrive at career or development advice, a process is started between a career advisor and an employee. This process looks at the employee's current work and its future prospects. In addition, the competencies (skills) and qualities of your employee are made transparent and it is examined what future career options he or she has on the labor market.

Career or development advice encourages employees to actively think about their future. This also helps you as an entrepreneur to keep employees healthy and can also be helpful for the strategic planning of your company. A method in the company that encourages employees in the company to further develop their knowledge, skills and professional attitude during work

3. A method in the company that encourages employees in the company to further develop their knowledge, skills and professional attitude during work.

As an entrepreneur, you can apply for a subsidy to support or guide you in developing or introducing a method that encourages workers in your company to further develop their knowledge, skills and professional attitude during work. The scheme encourages the further expansion or scaling up of projects that have already proven to be successful. It is also possible to apply for a subsidy to introduce or devise new methods in the field of learning and development. You can think of the following activities.

  • System of periodic development discussions
    The conversation between the manager and the employee about his or her development is important for creating a working environment in which learning and continued development are fully stimulated. But it can be difficult as an entrepreneur to know how to best and most effectively have this conversation. You can therefore apply for a subsidy for the costs of introducing a periodic development interview. Consider a consultation with an external advisor about how to implement such a system
    can best implement in your company and how this development conversation can best be conducted.
  • Educational working environment
    There are various methods that can be devised
    to create an environment where employees can acquire new skills in an accessible way. This may include:

    • Developing an e-learning program
    • Setting up and implementing a knowledge and learning portal
    • Introduction of learning ambassadors and/or business ambassadors.
  • Business school
    Companies feel the need to attract and retain staff and keep them employable in a sustainable manner. This can be done, for example, by joining an existing business school or by setting up a business school yourself, where learning and working are combined. This way, an entrepreneur can have new and existing employees follow training and work in the company at the same time.

4. Offering a practical training position in the third learning path

Changes in the labor market influence the required knowledge and skills of workers. That is why further training, upskilling or retraining of current employees or of job seekers may be urgently needed. Offering a practical apprenticeship in your company to obtain an MBO diploma, MBO certificate or practical declaration in the third learning path can be a way to provide this.

The third learning path is a training path without a legally established hour standard or study duration. Such a process can lead to an MBO diploma, an MBO certificate or a practice statement.
This brings a lot of flexibility and at the same time offers opportunities for people with a vulnerable position on the labor market, for example because they do not have a starting qualification. In addition, the scheme is attractive for adults, because it offers scope for shortening the training for employees who already have the necessary work experience. As an entrepreneur, you can receive compensation for the costs you incur for offering a practical apprenticeship.

For more information about learning and working in secondary vocational education, see:

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