Adult Learning in Italy

What Role for Training Funds ?

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While Italy has made major progress in the past decade to up-skill its population and workers, further efforts are needed to improve access to good quality adult learning opportunities. Training funds represent one important tool through which Italy could face the pressures brought about by the mega-trends, and equip adults and workers with the skills needed to thrive in the labour market and society. This report analyses how training funds are designed, used, and monitored, and provides actionable policy recommendations to ensure that they are put to their most effective use.



An overview of Training Funds

Training Funds (TFs) are associations run by social partners that finance workers’ training, using resources collected through a training levy imposed on employers. Since their implementation, they have significantly encouraged firms to provide training to their workers, and positively influenced participation to adult learning opportunities. This chapter provides a brief description of the history of Training Funds, how they work, as well as recent developments in the legal framework that have modified the way Training Funds operate and function.


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