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The VDAB is to provide more effective support to get people aged fifty and over back into work
From 1 April, the activation approach for new job seekers is being extended up to the age of 60. “In 2014, we also allocated thean additional budget of EUR 1.4 million for this purpose”, explained Flemish Minister for Finance, Budget, Work, Spatial Planning and Sport, Philippe Muyters (N-VA).
Under his impetus support for new job seekers was gradually increased from the age of 52 to 60 during this legislative session. At the same time the number of vacancies is being significantly expanded, and support for people aged between 50 and 55 can also be provided by the VDAB’s private partners if this offers added value.
“However, I believe it is also important that we demand more effort from employers. We now request that they systematically provide us with feedback following a job interview. This allows us to continue to improve our support and also make employers aware of the talent, skills and experience of applicants that are somewhat older”, concludes Muyters.