An employer needs to apply for a combined work and residence permit to be able to employ a trainee from abroad. The purpose of the training in the Netherlands must be to gain experience that will benefit the position of the trainee in his/her home country.

Part of the application is a training program explaining why is it necessary for the training program to take place in the Netherlands. The maximum duration of a trainee work permit is 24 weeks, and this period can not be extended.