200 mln PLN – that is the sum available next year for company owners from the National Training Fund (KFS) for employee training. Changes will also be made, so that the money is accessible for a broader group of employers.
Currently, the funds are available to companies employing people over 45 years of age. Training younger people cannot be co-financed in this way, which is an inconvenience for many.
– According to plans, this criterion is to be abolished next year – informs Grzegorz Tokarski, member of the Labour Market Council, Deputy Chairman of the National Labour Centre. – Decisions in this regard will be made in a matter of days.
It is also known that, as is the case this year, the money assigned to employee training will be 200 mln PLN.
– This is a serious sum and the money should be made use of – adds Grzegorz Tokarski. He also remarks, that this is the only money assigned to improving the job skills of people who are already employed rather than only for those who are looking for a job. – Unemployment dropped to single-digits and will continue to drop next year as well. In many regions of the country, there is already a shortage pf workforce. On the other hand, employers point out that sometimes employees lack the required skills. This has to change and this is precisely the objective of the fund.
Micro-companies who need money for that may get full financing from the KFS – in the value of up to 11 000 PLN. These funds may be used for studies, workshops and training contributing to the improvement in employees’ skills. There are no restrictions regarding the sectors or the formula of training to be co-financed.
– We try to restrict the formalities to the absolute minimum, although – of course – we also have to make sure that public funds are spent properly – informs Ewa Popiołek, Deputy Director of the Labour Office of the City of Warsaw. She adds that the interest in KFS co-financing is growing.
– No one can have any doubts that in today’s labour market developing employees’ skills is one of the key issues. KFS is a great tool for that – confirms Magdalena Żyszkowska-Osińska, Corporate Learning Director at ICAN.
Funds for employee training were used a.o. by the Mazovian branch of the Red Cross. Is it worth it?
– It helped us a lot. We are using it now and will apply for it next year – says Elżbieta Bielecka, Chairman of the Mazovian Department of the Polish Red Cross.
In the near future, the KFS will organize similar seminars in other Polish cities.