STAP Training and Development Scheme

STAP Training and Development Scheme

22 Feb 2022

STAP budget
Workers and job seekers can apply for a STAP budget of up to €1,000 per year for training and development from March 1, 2022. You can use this subsidy to follow a training, course or education. The subsidy is called STAP. This stands for Stimulating the Labour Market Position.

More opportunities in the job market through training.
With the money from the STAP budget you can follow an education, training or course. With the STAP-budget the government wants to give employees and jobseekers the opportunity to take more control of their own development during their career. This gives you more chances to keep your job or to find a new one. See the frequently asked questions about the STAP budget subsidy scheme for more information.

Applying for the STAP budget
As of March 1, 2022, you can apply for the STAP budget as a worker and job seeker via This can be done once a year per person. There are a number of conditions. For example, that you are 18 years or older and you are not yet receiving AOW. Also, the training, course or education you want to follow must be in the STAP training register. If the application is approved, the amount is paid to the trainer. UWV administers and executes the applications. 

Retraining and keeping or changing jobs
If you undergo retraining, you can avoid losing your job. You also have a better chance of finding another job. After all, work changes quickly. More and more work is digital. As a result, new jobs are being created, while other jobs are disappearing. Jobs are also disappearing due to the corona crisis. While in health care, technology and education, there are many vacancies. For people with heavy occupations, for example in construction, retraining can help to change jobs. In this way, they can reach the state pension age in a healthy way.

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