This article is related to:

Subsidy Scheme for practice based learning

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Would you like to offer work-based learning or practical learning opportunities? The Subsidy Scheme for practice based learning (Subsidieregeling praktijkleren) may offer you compensation for the costs for mentoring pupils, students, or participants in various further education sectors:

  • pupils in lower vocational professional education (vmbo), who follow a combined training and work programme
  • pupils in special secondary education (VSO), who follow job orientation classes in their final year
  • pupils in practical education (PRO), who do practical learning in their final year
  • pupils in preparatory lower vocational professional education (Entree in het vmbo)
  • students in intermediate vocational education (mbo), who participate in block or day release classes (bbl)
  • students in higher vocational education (hbo) where the programme consists of learning and working
  • doctorate students and technical designers in training (TOIOs)

You can receive at most €2,700 for a work placement or traineeship per academic year.

When do you qualify?

If you want to apply for the practice based learning subsidy, you must meet a number of conditions. These conditions differ according to the type of education (in Dutch). You must keep records, for instance a valid work placement contract and a copy of the diploma. You need to be able to show your records on request.

Students from foreign educational institutions

If you hire a student from a foreign educational institute, you may also be eligible for the practice based learning scheme. You must have foreign education recognised by the Education Executive Agency (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs, in Dutch). You will then receive a statement on which Dutch training programme the foreign training programme corresponds with. Once you receive the statement you can apply for the subsidy.

Extra subsidy for agriculture, hospitality and recreation

Do you own a work placement company in the agriculture, hospitality, or recreation sector? Do you also offer a bbl (senior secondary work-based learning pathway) work placement? Then you may receive extra subsidy. You need to have an SBI code for agriculture, hospitality, or recreation (in Dutch) and specify in your application that you offer work placements in one of these sectors.

How to apply?

You can apply for the practice based learning subsidy scheme (in Dutch) from 2 June 2021, 9:00 hours until 16 September 2021, 17:00 hours.

Please note: from 1 July you need eHerkenning level 3 with authorisation for RVO level 3 to apply. It takes 1 to 5 working days on average to apply for an eHerkenning key, so make sure you do this in time. If you use DigiD to apply there are no changes.

This subsidy is administered by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). Applications run according to the academic year and can be submitted at the end of the placement.

This article is related to:

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO