Labor shortage – government prefers nursing allowance

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In response to the acute staff shortage in the nursing sector, the federal government is bringing forward the introduction of the nursing grant, which is actually planned for September 2023. As of January 1, people who participate in the AMS training for nursing professions will receive a minimum of 1,400 euros per month to pay for their care. to provide livelihood.

The aim behind it is to make the nursing profession more attractive and to bring more people to nursing assistant and nursing assistant training, as well as training for social professions and the senior health and nursing service, as Minister of Labor Martin Kocher (ÖVP) and Minister of Social Affairs Johannes Rauch (Greens) before the Council of Ministers on Wednesday.

600 euros training amount per month
Eligible are people over the age of 20 who are entitled to unemployment benefits or who have dropped out of school or college or graduated from AHS at least two years ago. Both job seekers and people on parental leave are eligible. The AMS gives approval before the start of the training, but people who have completed their initial training can also be supported. People who have been training to become a nurse since September 1, 2022, can also take advantage of the scholarship from January 1, 2023, by applying to the AMS. Trainees who do not meet these requirements receive a monthly training allowance of 600 euros.

For the nursing scholarship and the increase in funding for higher qualifications, an additional EUR 30 million will be made available each year. This should result in 1000 extra training places per year. Greater emphasis should also be placed on the promotion of qualifications.

Rauch: “Confront the dire shortage”
The training subsidy will also be expanded: with retroactive effect from September, 5,500 students in the healthcare sector will receive 600 euros per month for their entire training period. The scheme applies to health and nursing schools and technical colleges. Until now, trainees in social care professions have only been supervised for the duration of one year of training. “All new trainees in social care now also benefit from this for the entire duration of their training. With these measures we will combat the acute shortage of nursing staff,” says Rauch.

Source: Krone

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