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Eligibility Criteria

Career counselling is provided without any conditions being attached. In order to be eligible for financial support, dancers must have paid a certain numbers of premiums to the Omscholingsregeling during their career.

Dancers working for companies that receive long-term subsidy and come under the Collective Labour Agreement automatically pay premiums to the Omscholingsregeling. Premiums are paid by both the dancer and the employer. The amount of the premium paid to the Omscholingsregeling is a monthly contribution of 4% of the gross monthly salary, including holiday allowance. The employer pays 3% of the premium and the dancer pays the other 1%.
Freelance dancers and dancers who do not work for a company that automatically pays premiums can join the Omscholingsregeling on a voluntary basis. They must pay the total premium amount of 4% to the scheme every month.

Dancers who have paid at least 60 premiums can apply for a refund of their study costs up to a maximum amount of € 10.000. In that case, their dancing career does not have to have ended.
Dancers who have ended their dancing career and have paid at least 96 premiums during a time span of at least ten years can apply for a Study and Income Allowance. This Allowance comprises a refund of the study costs and a contribution to maintenance costs. It is also possible to use the allowance for a refund of costs incurred in setting up a business.

As of the 1st of October 2015 it is possible for dancers working on short-term contracts to pay more premiums. The number can be doubled. Someone on a three-month contract can voluntarily pay extra premiums for a further three months. Someone working for five months can pay ten premiums. Of course, it is not possible to pay more than twelve premiums a year.

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Funding the Omscholingsregeling

The Omscholingsregeling itself is funded by the premiums paid by dancers and employers and by the subsidy employers receive for retraining dancers. The premiums on their own are not enough to enable ODN to offer good guidance and financial support to all the dancers who want to retrain. Without subsidy, Stichting Omscholing Dansers Nederland cannot do its work properly!

Until a few years ago, ODN received this subsidy directly from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). At a certain point, however, the Netherlands Court of Audit determined that there was no longer a legal possibility for the Ministry to give subsidy directly to ODN. Since then, the subsidy originally given to ODN has been paid to the companies, who are supposed to pass on the subsidy to ODN in turn.

The board of the Omscholingsregeling views the transfer of the subsidy as a payment obligation on the part of the employer receiving this subsidy for dancers’ retraining. Unfortunately, not all the employers are passing on this subsidy to ODN. This has consequences for dancers who are applying to the Omscholingsregeling for financial support. 

Addition to the decision about handling applications

The board does not want dancers to be the dupe of the uncooperative attitude of some dance companies. The last thing ODN wants is for dancers to fall victim to the circumstances, yet the irresponsible attitude of the companies in question cannot remain unaddressed. So the applications of dancers from those companies will be dealt with, but their study budgets will be reduced. If these dancers lack the funds for their plans, they can then call on their employers to make up the deficit, as that is precisely what the companies have received the subsidy for



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