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Netherlands: Training and development

Updating author: Wouter Engelsman and Jasper Hoffstedde, CLINT | Littler

Original authors: Mark Carley and Robbert H. van het Kaar

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  • Employers have a statutory obligation to provide training that is necessary for the employee to perform their job. (See General)
  • If training is mandatory in terms of an applicable law, regulation or a collective bargaining agreement, the employer must pay for the training and it must occur during regular working hours, if possible. (See General)
  • Sectoral expertise centres oversee vocational training, including apprenticeships, in their industry. (See Apprenticeships)