Starting tomorrow, it’s a subsidy for retraining, but not if you want to be a boa.

The STAP program, which allows you to get a grant for a course, was in use for less than a year before it was shut down for abuse. There are stricter rules now, but there is still criticism: little attention is paid to what is needed in the labor market.

As part of the STAP program (Stimulering Arbeidsmarkt Position), anyone between the age of 18 and the legal retirement age can apply for 1,000 euros per year for training. Condition: The program is entered in the STAP record. However, various training courses for incomplete occupations have been omitted from this list.

The STAP program is part of the 1.2 billion Euros package of measures prepared by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. The aim is to encourage people to develop further, whether they are self-employed, have a job or are looking for a job.

The STAP system has been heavily abused in recent years. For example, trainers have offered get-rich-quick courses and walking coaching. And providers significantly increased tuition fees after the STAP budget was introduced.

Everyone can register for a new tour tomorrow after the ministry tightens the training conditions. For example, it is no longer possible to offer candy trips to attract students. A maximum of 300 students per course can now attend each year and the allocation of funds is becoming more transparent.

Boas outside the boat

Eric Verduijn is the training expert for LOI, the institution with the highest STAP budget after NHA in 2022. Critical: “I personally understand very well that the criteria have been tightened. But there are now out-of-scope programs that I think fit perfectly within the framework of the program.”

The two training courses the LOI is no longer allowed to offer through STAP are the private investigator (BOA) and the childcare pedagogical worker.

This is because the employer has to pay for these courses. “If the training is to be reasonably borne by the employer, then this training is not eligible under STAP,” says a ministry spokesperson. “Employers should provide their employees with the opportunity to attend any training or course necessary to perform their duties.”

But in practice this usually doesn’t happen, it sees the LOI. In addition, the STAP budget is designed for people who are unemployed and therefore without an employer. 83% of childcare students in the LOI do not have an employer to pay them. In fact, this is 100 percent in boa training. Both professions are in great need. “If you look at the current situation in the labor market, it’s strange not to look at the job gap,” Verduijn says.

Labor market professor Ton Wilthagen doesn’t think it’s a wise choice either. “If people don’t have an employer yet and they still feel called to a Boa course, people’s potential is also diminished.”

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Richard Gerrits, president of the Boa Society, finds this development “strange”. “We just have bottlenecks. We attach more importance to sanctions, especially in this period when we see that social disobedience is quite high. Then we should be able to get people excited about work.”

In the meantime, Management and First Aid for Animals training can continue to be given through STAP. LOI is also surprised by this. Verduijn: “There is a broad category of study programs you can ask yourself: what exactly does it offer?

Verduin agrees. “STAP does not exist for nothing, it means improving the labor market position. If someone retrains into an incomplete occupation, then their position in the labor market is more than perfect and you have also solved a problem.”

Last fall, the House of Representatives passed a motion for Laurens Dassen (Volt) to focus the STAP budget more on socially critical sectors. The ministry said Minister Karien van Gennip is working on the details of this motion and will update the House of Representatives “soon”.

Source: NOS