Interview with ROA researcher Ruud Gerards: the E-miles employability voucher scheme

The Philips E-miles voucher scheme

In 2009, Philips started the E-miles voucher scheme to make workers across all levels of education aware of the importance of continuous personal development and draw their attention on the notion of employability. Under the E-miles ((E)-mployability miles) scheme, all Philips employees received a voucher worth 1,000 E-miles, which could be redeemed for training courses that would increase their insights in their own employability and further career opportunities.

A research study conducted by Andries de Grip, Maaike Witlox and Ruud Gerards from Maastricht University’s Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) analyzed the E-miles voucher scheme and focused on two main questions:

[1] Which workers spend the voucher?

[2] What is the effect of voucher use on “employability awareness” and on the willingness to participate in future training?

They found that workers who use their voucher and thus participate in employability training, show a significant improvement of their employability awareness compared to workers who do not spend their voucher and hence do not take employability training.

Workers who use their voucher also show an increased willingness to invest in future training compared to those who do not spend their voucher. Increasing workers’ employability awareness and willingness to train can be considered as an early intervention to help safeguard the workers’ future employment.

Also readTraining, employability and the E-miles employability voucher scheme, by Ruud Gerards

About ROA

The Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) is a research institute of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, established in 1986. Through its research, the institute aims to improve the understanding of the relationship between education and the labour market. More specifically, ROA studies the effects of knowledge and skills acquired in education and other learning situations in three areas, namely the interaction between labour demand and supply, occupational careers, and performance within organisations. ROA also contributes to both academic discussions and the public debate on education and labour market issues.

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