The final year students in the nursing bachelor’s receive a one-off payment for their internship. Ben Weyts (N-VA), Minister of Education, said this in parliament on Thursday. The students receive an expense allowance of 1,000 euros.
The 1,000 euros are paid once to the final-year students who are now graduating. It is the first batch that took four years to complete the course. The previous Flemish government had proposed compensation to compensate for that extended study duration.
During their last year, students often have to provide transport costs themselves or even work and protective clothing. According to Minister of Work Hilde Crevits (CD&V), the corona crisis also justifies an extra boost.
“Promise is debt,” says Ben Weyts. “But we also have to keep the training attractive and therefore provide an expense allowance for the internship.” The government therefore wants to work out a permanent expense scheme together with the employers. ‘We want to work out a structural solution so that these students are always entitled to compensation for their expenses in the future,’ says Wouter Beke (CD&V), Flemish Minister for Welfare.