In-company individual vocational training: effectiveness of the measure

Dutch speaking chamber on January 13, 2021

The Court of Audit investigated the effectiveness of individual vocational training (IVT), a measure with which Flemish Government has been seeking to activate jobseekers for several decades, strengthen their competences, fill bottleneck vacancies and employ disadvantaged groups proportionally. The audit focused on jobseekers who followed IVT in 2015. The Court of Audit monitored their employment until the end of 2017 and conducted an online survey among employers and IVT trainees. It adjusted the positive image of the system outlined by policy and the Flemish Employment Agency (FEA): it does not really promote a proportional representation of disadvantaged groups, it does not specifically lead to bottleneck vacancies and training is often not trainee tailored.