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The relevance of work-related learning for vulnerable groups. Dutch case study of a Health Impact Assessment with equity focus


  • Storm, Ilse
  • Uiters, Ellen
  • Busch, Mirjam C.M.
  • den Broeder, Lea
  • Schuit, Albertine J.


Learning is essential for sustainable employability. However, various factors make work-related learning more difficult for certain groups of workers, who are consequently at a disadvantage in the labour market. In the long term, that in turn can have adverse health implications and can make those groups vulnerable. With a view to encouraging workers to continue learning, the Netherlands has a policy on work-related learning, which forms part of the ‘Vitality Package’.

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  • Storm, Ilse & Uiters, Ellen & Busch, Mirjam C.M. & den Broeder, Lea & Schuit, Albertine J., 2015. "The relevance of work-related learning for vulnerable groups. Dutch case study of a Health Impact Assessment with equity focus," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 119(7), pages 915-924.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:119:y:2015:i:7:p:915-924
    DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2015.03.011

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