Train­ing sub­si­dies re­main un­paid for years

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ROULA SALOUROU

The de­lays in state pay­ments of the sub­si­dies due to com­pa­nies for their in­ter­nal train­ing pro­grams funded through the Ac­count for Em­ploy­ment and Pro­fes­sional Train­ing (LAEK), to which ev­ery en­ter­prise con­trib­utes 0.24 per­cent of the an­nual salaries of its em­ploy­ees, now reach up to three years.

It is es­ti­mated that a to­tal of 15,000-20,000 en­ter­prises and 150,000 work­ers are cur­rently par­tic­i­pat­ing in the two pro­grams run by the Man­power Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OAED). How­ever, the eco­nomic cri­sis, bu­reau­cratic and tech­ni­cal prob­lems, as well as in­her­ent dif­fi­cul­ties in the na­ture of the pro­grams, which in­volve a va­ri­ety of en­ti­ties in a labyrinthine process, have all led to ex­tra­or­di­nary de­lays.

The re­sult of the above is that the state is to­day only just get­ting round to pay­ing out the sub­si­dies due for train­ing pro­grams com­pleted in 2013.

The vic­tims of these de­lays are the en­trepreneurs (who, along with the sub­si­dies, ex­pect the LAEK pro­grams to help their em­ploy­ees gain the skills to make their en­ter­prises more in­no­va­tive and com­pet­i­tive), the work­ers them­selves (who are forced to wait years for their share of the sub­si­dies), and the LAEK ac­count (which has been threat­ened with cuts through­out the fi­nan­cial cri­sis).

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