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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.11 Current debates and reforms

New responsibilities at IAWM

  • Starting and internship bonus

The so-called starting bonus is a premium paid to a young person who successfully completes a dual training course during part-time compulsory education. Apprentice are entitled to this bonus. The internship bonus is a premium that the employer receives if he employs a young person on an apprentice contract.

  • Target group reduction for tutors:

The employer who enables a young person to have professional training or a placement may apply for a reduction of the employer contributions to the social security (LSS reduction) for the “tutor” (trainer).

  • Exemption rules (states on what conditions the unemployed may start a training/degree course and at the same time be paid unemployment benefit)


QUBUS East Belgium

QUBUS East Belgium (QUBUS Ostbelgien) is a ESF (European Social Fonds; Europäischer Sozialfonds) project of the Bussiness Development Agency (Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft) that has started on 1 January 2020. It aims at promoting and supporting entrepreneurship in East Belgium. QUBUS offers guidance and counselling to young entrepreneurs and start-ups, thus targetting young people not exclusively but as part of its target audience.


Preparing for real life

"Preparing for real life" (Auf das echte Leben vorbereiten) is a project of the Regional Development Concept III (Regionales Entwicklungskonzept III, REK III). It is a follow-up project of the Regional Development Concept II project "Consolidate school, strenghten school" (Schule festigen, Schule stärken). This project aims at providing pupils and students with a better structured vocational guidance, thus improving their chances on the labour market. The project, having started in early 2019, contains several measures like the implementation of continuous training for targeted career counseling or the creation, promotion and coordination of offers for study and career choice preparation and orientation, both at the level of primary and secondary schools.


New Europass platform

As of 1 July 2020, the new Europass platform is online. Europass structures application documents in order to present acquired qualifications and competencies in a transparent, comprehensible and uniform manner throughout Europe. With the help of the Europass, experience gained abroad, as well as all other relevant skills and knowledge, are made visible in a uniform and transparent manner. The new Europass allows learners and workers across Europe to register and create an e-portfolio that records all their skills, qualifications, interests and experiences. Based on this, users will receive tailored proposals for courses and jobs through EURES in their portfolio (EURES is a network that promotes the mobility of workers in the countries of the European Economic Area). With the new curriculum vitae editor, users can create curriculum vitae and cover letters. They can also add documents, diplomas, pictures, etc. to a personal library so that their information and documents are all available in one secure place.