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Ponta Delgada ,  May 12, 2020

Regional Government creates support for training of laid off workers

The Regional Government, through the Vice-Presidency, has created another financial support measure for companies with workers attending training courses during the layoff period. 

The measure, which can be combined with the Regional Layoff Supplement, is intended to create a complementary incentive that enables laid off workers to use this period of reduced business activity to improve their professional training, thus transforming this moment into a period for the professional enhancement of laid off workers. 

Besides the creation of new incentives in a period of reduced business activity for the investment in training and professional development of workers, this measure increases the income of laid off workers and the support for companies. 

According to an ordinance of the Vice-Presidency published today in the Official Journal, the measure is aimed at private companies, including those in the social sector, which have applied for the layoff scheme. 

The aid to be granted by the Region during the implementation of temporary suspension or reduction of work comprises workers attending training courses, according to the provisions of the training plan to be developed by the employers. 

In addition to supporting meals, this measure includes an additional monthly support for training of up to 131.64 Euros per worker, which will be allocated in equal parts to the worker and the employer. 

The training sessions to be conducted face-to-face or at distance, when possible and if the necessary conditions are met, should preferably take place during working hours and correspond to the normal working period or the remainder of that period in the event of reduced activity. 

The aid granted under this training project aims to support the viability and sustainability of companies, the maintenance of jobs and the improvement of workers' professional skills, thus contributing to a new stage in the competitiveness of Azorean economy. 

Companies can apply for this support measure from today by emailing the application to

This qualification measure for the employability of Azorean workers represents another Regional Government's effort that will enable companies to increase liquidity, which is fundamental for their sustainability and, consequently, for the maintenance of workers' jobs and income.


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