Group training - Orange Knowledge Programme

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Orange Knowledge group training supports organisations in developing countries by training a selected group of staff.

There is Orange Knowledge Programme funding for 3 forms of group training:

  • Tailor-Made Training (TMT): customised group training courses with a maximum budget of €75,000 for a maximum of 12 months, for all countries in the Orange Knowledge Programme.
  • Tailor-Made Training Plus (TMT Plus): customised group training courses with a maximum budget of €400,000 for a maximum of 24 months, for only full-programme and compact-plus programme countries in the programme.
  • Refresher courses: these courses are only for previous graduates from the Orange Knowledge Programme or its predecessors. Like TMT, they are for all countries in the programme, the maximum budget is €75,000 and the maximum duration is 12 months.

The grant includes training development and implementation costs as well as participants related costs.

Can I get funding for my training?

Whether or not you can get funding for your training request depends on:

  1. the candidates to participate in the training;
  2. the focus of the training;
  3. the type of organisation submitting the proposal.

We have listed the criteria for all of these below.

Training candidates

You can apply for funding for group training if your course focuses on candidates who:

  • work at national and/or local organisations such as ministries, secondary vocational or TVET institutions, universities, private sector organisations, commissions or NGOs;
  • are a national or resident of and work in one of the partner countries in the programme;
  • are in a position to use the knowledge of the course in practice;
  • (for refresher courses) have followed a course with NFP, NICHE or OKP.

Candidates don’t all have to work for the same organisation, but should have a common training need.

Focus areas of training

For each Orange Knowledge Programme country there are specific focus areas. Only proposals in the focus areas of the specific country are eligible for funding.

Please note: for some countries there is a minimum of co-funding that the requesting organisation has to pay. This is a percentage of the training budget. You can find the exact percentages per country in the country focus document:

Orange Knowledge Programme country focus‌ (214.1 kB)

The more the proposal is aligned with the country focus, the greater the chance that your proposal is accepted.

Type of organisation

A Dutch training provider and a group with a common training need from a partner country can submit a joint proposal for funding.

The Dutch training provider should be a Dutch vocational or higher education institution, or a training organisation that:

  • will give the training themselves: an intermediary agency cannot apply for funding and is not allowed to give the training;
  • has a proven track record of training provided in the focus area;
  • has sufficient organisational and financial capacity, as proven in a COCA form that has been approved by us:

Checklist Organisational Capacity Assessment (COCA) group training Orange Knowledge‌ (89.5 kB)

An approved COCA is valid for a maximum of 1 year and can be used for different applications. You don’t need to fill in a new COCA form for a new proposal if you still have a valid COCA form.

You can submit a completed COCA form throughout the year. We encourage you to submit the form well ahead of any application deadline.

Submit your COCA form by email to okp@nuffic.nl referring to 'COCA'.

How can I find a training partner?

If you are in one of the Orange Knowledge partner countries and you have a training need that meets the above criteria, you need a Dutch training provider partner to submit a proposal together. Here are some tips to find a partner:

Check the Country Plan of Implementation for your country to see what the focus is in your country and if your training need fits one of these focus areas. If so, check the overview of current open calls for group training.

Check www.studyinholland.nl/okp to see a list of programmes offered by Dutch education institutions that are involved in the Orange Knowledge programme. You can contact one of these institutions to see if they are interested in group training.

You can also contact the Dutch embassy in your country to ask for information on Dutch organisations that are already active in your country.

Still not found a good partner?

If you are having trouble finding a partner, send your request to our Facebook or Twitter account (Nuffic Global Development), so we can share it on social media. Please tell us:

  • the country you are from;
  • that you are looking for a partner for group training;
  • what the specific training need is.

How can I apply?

You can only apply for funding for group training if there is an open call for the specific type of training. If there is a call for the type of group training you are interested in, you need to follow the process below.

Step 1: you need to submit your application, with the necessary attachments, through our Delta application system. The link varies per open call. You can find formats for all the documents on the call page as well. Never used Delta? You can find guidelines in this manual:

TMT Delta user manual - Orange Knowledge Programme‌ (367.3 kB)

Step 2: after you have submitted your application we check if it is complete, meets the basic criteria listed above and that no information is missing. This normally takes 1 week.

Step 3: The Dutch embassy in the country where the training would take place assesses the application.

They score all proposals for their country based on local context. This normally takes 2 weeks.

Step 4: The embassies send us their assessment. We then review the proposals ourselves. This takes about 3 weeks.

Step 5: We make a final selection taking into account:

  • ranking based on scores of the applications;
  • spreading funding across countries, focus areas and training providers.

This takes 2 weeks.

Step 6: the grant is awarded to the Dutch training provider about 2 months after the deadline of the open call.

What happens next?

Once you have accepted the grant you are committed to delivering the training and reporting on its progress and outcomes. You need to submit a narrative report within two months after the training has finished.

Format narrative report Tailor-Made Training Orange Knowledge‌ (131.2 kB)

For courses with budgets higher than €25,000 there are some additional reporting requirements:

Training with budget > € 25,000 – < €200,000

For these training courses you need to include a statement of actual cost with the narrative report:

Statement of actual costs Orange Knowledge Tailor-Made Training‌ (107.2 kB)

Training with budget > €200,000

For these training courses you need to include a statement of expenditures with the narrative report (instead of a statement of actual costs).

If your course takes longer than 18 months, you also need to submit an additional narrative report, two months after the end of year 1:

Statement of expenditures group training Orange Knowledge‌ (40.8 kB)

Additional narrative report OKP tailor-made training (available soon)

Results from training

We would love to hear your success stories so please share on Facebook or Twitter!

If you would like to know which types of training requests were previously funded by Orange Knowledge grants, you can see an overview below:

November 2018

Granted TMTs November 2018 OKP‌ (105.4 kB)

Granted TMTs Plus OKP 2018‌ (65.1 kB)

June 2018

Granted TMTs June call 2018 Orange Knowledge Programme‌ (36.4 kB)

April 2019

Granted TMTs April 2019 Orange Knowledge Programme‌ (103.1 kB)

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Questions?

Please contact us via email: tmt@nuffic.nl or call +31 70 42 60 260.

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See also

Information for Dutch embassies and consulates - Orange Knowledge

A guide on how to check and assess Orange Knowledge Programme applications

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