From the school year 2019-2020 every employee in the private sector in Flanders will be entitled to 125 hours of training leave without loss of wages. That Flemish Education Leave is the successor of the existing system of Paid Educational Leave. With the reform Flemish Minister for Work Philippe Muyters (N-VA) wants to encourage employees to continue learning.
In the thick pile of decisions taken by the Bourgeois government in the night from Friday to Saturday there is also a decision about the reform of the system of Paid Educational Leave. This system, which entitles private sector employees to take training without loss of wages, is being reformed into the Flemish Training Leave.
In practice, every private individual from the school year 2019-2020 will be entitled to 125 hours of training leave without loss of wages. The Government of Flanders pays the wage costs back to the employer.
'It's a win-win situation', says Minister Muyters. "Employees strengthen their qualities, employers get better and more productive staff and Flanders strengthens its economy." In addition to a traditional training environment, training can also be done through workplace and distance learning in the future.
Unlike in the past, it must always be labor market-oriented. degree programs subject to an assessment system or career-oriented courses that fit into a personal development plan (PDP) after the employee concerned has followed career counseling. All approved labor market-oriented courses will be easily consultable in an online database