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Publication financing Omscholingsregeling

On 2 March 2016, the newspaper NRC Handelsblad reported that the retraining applications of a number of dancers may not be dealt with. This applies, in particular, to dancers working with companies that refuse to hand over subsidy meant for retraining to the Omscholingsregeling.The article in NRC on 2 March 2016 about the Omscholingsregeling has raised some questions for a number of dancers. About their status with the Omscholingsregeling and the Omscholingsregeling itself.

You can read the full article here

As the board does not want dancers to be the dupe of the uncooperative attitude of some dance companies, it has revised its standpoint. 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.

How does it work?
In the scheme that came into operation on 15 October 2015, the budget that can be made available to dancers is determined by several factors, including the number of premiums paid, the average pay over the dancing career, and the subsidy passed on by the employers. The board has now decided to take account of whether or not subsidy has been passed on in determining the amount of the budget. The period in which the subsidy has not been paid by the applicant’s employer(s) will not count towards the sum of the budget.

This means that the applicant has fewer budgetary possibilities than if the subsidy had been paid. ODN will inform the applicant that he or she can call on their (former) employer to make up the deficit in funding.

Read the entire consideration here

If you want to be sure about your own possibilities. Check your status with the Omscholingsregeling by calling the ODN office at 020 341 96 23 or send a mail  
The board of the Omscholingsregeling is working towards solutions for all dancers now and in the future. That is done in consultation with the employer’s cooperation and the trade union and with the greatest possible care.

Any ideas yourself? Please contact the office of ODN. We would love to hear from you.





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