Düsseldorf - The new pay-as-you-go financing for nursing training places has proven itself in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). In the past three years, the number of apprenticeships has increased by around 70 percent. "This success shows that together we can change lot of care if everyone pulls together," said Health Minister Barbara Steffens (Bündnis90 / Greens) in Düsseldorf. More and more employers used the opportunity of pay-as-you-go financing to create additional training positions, and more and more young people decided to work in nursing, Steffens continued Refinance geriatric care students. The costs are passed on to all care facilities and services, so that training has not been competitive disadvantage since then, as non-training facilities also have to contribute to the costs.
The number of state-funded training places in geriatric care has risen sharply since the levy was introduced: from 10,000 in December 2011 to around 16,800 this December. The budget required for training in nursing was increased from 32 million euros in 2010 to 2014 to 58.3 million. For 2015, the state budget that has just been approved provides for further increase to total of 64 million euros.
Steffens expects further improvement from change in the law that has just been passed: "Now it is finally law that every student with training contract in the Elderly care is also given place at specialist seminar for elderly care, ”explained Steffens. She emphasized that with the law it was "now clearly clear that in NRW the collection of school fees is forbidden in the care of the elderly."