László György, State Secretary for Economic Strategy and Regulation at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, announced a new workforce development program, saying it could result in 70,000–100,000 workers being trained.
Companies can apply for funding for corporate and on-the-job training within the framework of the program, which has a total budget of HUF 70 billion. Support will cover training costs and wage subsidies.
Companies can apply from October 1 until the resource is exhausted, but no later than December 31, 2021. According to the call for proposals, SMEs can apply for a maximum of HUF 50 million, while large companies can get a maximum of HUF 100 million.
The program is being co-financed by the European Social Fund and the government of Hungary.
The pandemic has shown that workers must also be prepared for emergencies, Sándor Bodó, Secretary of State for Employment Policy, said. He added that it is important that employees have the opportunity to take on other jobs where they work and obtain different qualifications through retraining, including language training.
Bodó said that the grants can be used for training aimed at expanding professional knowledge, soft skills training, training for information and communication technologies, and language training.