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Would you like people to be better prepared for the job market by offering them an internship or traineeship? If so, you can apply for the Practice-Based Learning subsidy scheme. This subsidy compensates employers' costs for supporting pupils, students or participants. The focus of the subsidy scheme is on groups who find it hard to access the job market. These students follow an education in fields which do not have enough qualified personnel or academic staff. Both categories are invaluable to the Dutch knowledge economy.


The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science provide an annual subsidy amount until 2023.
A maximum of €2,700 applies to each internship or traineeship created. If the subsidy budget available to each form of education is exceeded, we will divide the budget between the applications for this form in equal parts.

Forms of education

Businesses and institutions which offer internships or traineeships are eligible for the Practice-Based Learning subsidy scheme.


You can apply for the subsidy as soon as the internship and traineeship has ended. Only Dutch businesses may apply via

Foreign applications

Dutch employers that offer internships or traineeships are eligible for the Practise-Based Learning subsidy scheme. Their participants or students are taking a foreign education in secondary vocational education (only programmes in the basic vocational learning pathway) and higher professional education (dual/part-time programmes in the field of technology/agriculture and natural environment/health care, behaviour & society).
In this case, you can apply for a declaration from the Education Executive Agency (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs). This statement shows the comparability of the foreign education with a Dutch education.

You need this statement when applying for the subsidy.

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