For programmes starting on 1 September 2019 or later, the Flemish Training Leave applies, which replaces the current Paid Study Leave (BEV). Do you work in the private sector and would you like to follow a training programme? There are three training incentives with which the Flemish government wants to give you a boost if you wish to combine work and training as an employee.
Every entitled employee can apply for study leave via the employer. If this is approved, you will receive extra leave hours for certain training courses that you follow in your free time. If the classes coincide with your working hours, you will be granted leave to attend the classes. You therefore have the right to be absent from work with retention of your salary in order to follow the course. You must take this leave between the start and end date of the course. For internships and modules given in distance learning, you are not entitled to study leave.
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Employees from the private sector and contractual employees in autonomous public companies can make use of Flemish training leave. However, public employees cannot make use of this rule.
The new regulations for Flemish Training Leave apply in the Flemish Region. Only employees working in a Flemish site unit of a company are eligible for Flemish Training Leave.
orkers who work in a Brussels business site unit of a company are subject to the Brussels regulations. As the Brussels government has not made any changes, this means that the regulations for Paid Training Leave continue to apply to these workers.
For an overview of the most recent information, please visit the website of the Flemish government.
From next school year onwards, study leave can only be requested for the following languages: French - English - German and Dutch.