Applying for a training budget for jobseekers and persons in work (STAP budget)

As a person in work or a jobseeker, you can apply for a budget for training. This is called the STAP budget, which stands for STimulans Arbeidsmarkt Positie (Incentive for improvement of labour market position). You can use the budget for training, a course or further education.

Last updated on 28 February 2023

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Eligibility requirements for a STAP budget

Examples of some of the eligibility requirements for the STAP budget are: 

  • you are at least 18 years of age; 
  • the training, course or education is listed in the STAP training register (in Dutch). These courses have been approved by the government.

You can check the eligibility requirements for a STAP budget (in Dutch) on the UWV website. The UWV is the Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen (Employee Insurance Agency).

Applying ofr a STAP budget

Applications for a STAP budget (in Dutch) are made to the UWV. You can apply once a year. A new application round opens every 2 months. Are there no more budgets available for the period you want to apply for? Then try again in another application period.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Subsidieregeling STAP-budget

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