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Sector specific application criteria

Sector specific application criteria apply for companies and organisations in the following sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Textile
  • Environment
  • Vocational education

The following institutions meet our SME (private sector) healthcare definition: Private (for profit) healthcare institutions. Hospitals, institutions for mental healthcare, institutions for the mentally disabled, laboratories, dental clinics, health resorts, etcetera. Non private (for profit) healthcare institutions subject to private management or which are private subcontractors. Please note that the private sector (for-profit) element must be clearly stated in the request. We will only target our services at those healthcare organisations that are responsible for their own funding, meaning that they cannot fall back on government resources.

The definition of Enabling Environment covers (public and private) health care organisations that (directly) stimulate or support private health care, such as sector organisations for healthcare businesses. Here too, the requirement is made that the request must clearly set out the manner in which the organisation supports SME activity in the healthcare sector.

Guidelines for applications in the Healthcare sector:
Assessment of healthcare applications (pdf)

In some countries textile production has made tremendous technical progress over the past decades, so there are cases in which PUM cannot send a textile expert. Although there are similar restrictions for some states in India, applications will be looked at on a case by case basis, based on the added value that PUM can bring. For this sector the condition concerning the number of employees is 50-500 employees.

PUM welcomes project applications from SMEs, government bodies and institutes, as well as non-governmental organisations, provided the PUM expert can contribute to the environmental solutions in typical short missions. PUM environmental projects are:

  • Municipal waste: waste prevention, separate collection, recycling, transportation, composting and final disposal. Waste management planning.
  • Industrial and hazardous waste: waste reduction, re-use and recycling, change in industrial processes and waste processing aimed at sustainable development.
  • Drinking water: water production, water purification.
  • Waste water: reduction, (sewage) water treatment.
  • Soil pollution: remediation and cleaning of contaminated soil.
  • Pollution abatement in general: clean technology in industry and agriculture.
  • Energy: energy management, energy saving, conventional and sustainable energy production: solar, wind and bio energy.
  • Cleaner production: prevention and reduction of waste and emission during the production process (including end of pipe solutions).

PUM welcomes only project applications submitted by the private sector (associations, groups of companies etcetera) with regards to vocational education. The application has to contain a clear description of the need, and the name of a school that should be included in the project. When the application is successful, a tripartite (private sector, school and PUM) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed, specifying the activities that PUM and the school will carry out. The private sector partners will monitor the project. Projects will usually be for a longer period with several missions by different experts. For the first mission the usual €400 will be paid, for each consecutive mission €200 will be paid.

Application procedure
Vocational institutes as well as (an association of) enterprises can submit applications. However, in all cases requests for assistance must be supported by both. An application by a vocational institute without reference to (an association of) enterprises (and vice versa) which strongly support(s) the application cannot be accepted. Also, willingness to sign a tripartite agreement for execution of the project is requested.

Lessons learned
Experiences with vocational education and training assistance in the past (VEHICLE programme running only in selected countries) learned that a number of projects failed, due to several reasons:
We have experienced that applications from vocational institutes without support from the private sector, required the project itself to create support and do extra work. The expert had to go around and visit companies to see if they support the vocational institute in the curriculum improvement. If the private sector sees no need for curriculum improvement why should we - as private sector support program - intervene in the educational institute? The vocational institute should therefore see the need itself to approach (an association of) companies before they apply for PUM support.

We also noticed that over a period of two to three years, many changes occurred in the vocational institutes that we assisted. Since PUM experts are not around all the time and if there is no other party locally that can revive the activities, the project is bound to fail.
AdvantagesIt is therefore of utmost importance to get involvement of an active party locally. That is why we introduced a tripartite agreement for education projects between the vocational institute, PUM and the private sector. These projects will always last several years and include a number of missions by several experts. Graduating students from participating vocational institutes will in this way have the latest know how in the sector. Consequently they will more easily get a job in the private sector because they have the expertise that the private sector deems important.

There is one exception to the setup in order to receive support from PUM:Vocational institutes that want to give training in entrepreneurial skills and want PUM support to start offering (or improve) training for young entrepreneurs also can apply directly for PUM assistance. For this last category of education it is not always possible to find active support in the private sector. If you have any questions on the above, please contact your country coordinator or AnneMarie Buschers, Sector Coordinator Vocational Education & Training (