Labour Ministry to provide job-training state aid

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Romania's Ministry of Labour, Family Affairs and Equal Opportunity (MMFES) will become a provider of state aid for job training, following the adoption on August 27, of a decision amending and supplementing Government Decision 381/2007 concerning the ministry's statutes.
The Government reports in a press release that the Labour Ministry will apply the relevant legislation in the area of state aids in its capacity as state aid provider in the area of job training.
 
By granting the state aids for job training, the Labour Ministry aims to stimulate participation in job training and support job training of workers which jobs are in danger because of restructuring or reorganisation measures and who are in need of training in order to adjust themselves to the modifications in the production processes and the requirements thereof. Likewise, the training state aids should contribute to boosting economic competitiveness of enterprises.
 
To this end, the Ministry of Labour, Family Affairs and Equal Opportunity will set up a management unit for job training state aids (UMAS), to be chaired by an office manager, at the Workforce Programme and Strategy Directorate.
The state aids for job training will be granted in full compliance with the state aids requirements mentioned in Commission Regulation (EC) No 68/2001 of 12 January 2001 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty to training aid.
As far as continuing job training is concerned, Romania has recorded a very low rate of
participation among the people in the 25-64 age bracket (1.1% in 2001; 1.1% in 2002; 1.3% in 2003; 1.6% in 2005).
 
Data with the Romanian National Statistics Institute (INS) indicate that 2005 investment in continuing professional training was visible at the level of large companies employing 250 or more people – 73.5% – with the highest percentage, of 90.9%, having been recorded by companies of 1,000 employees or more. Out of the medium-sized enterprises of between 50 and 249 employees, 49.9% provided continuing professional training to their staff, while only 36.1% of the small-sized enterprises did so.
 
According to the Romanian Government, although all enterprises could benefit from one or more public measures meant to boost continuing professional training under the legislation in force, the enterprises having failed to provide professional training argued training costs were high, or they preferred to hire already trained staff instead of spending their own resources on staff training.
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