The INFPC's Training Observatory (Observatoire de la Formation) meets the aim of the Government and social partners to build a detailed statistical knowledge and to produce reliable qualitative analysis on the link between work and training.
This mission is being carried out through studies which aim to provide useful insights into public policies and private strategies, in order to optimise the quality of skills offered on the labour market.
Studies and analyses
The Training Observatory (Observatoire de la Formation) carries out studies and analyses on various topics.
In company training
The analysis of training practices relates to the companies who have submitted a State co-funding request in the area of Continuing Vocational Training (Formation Professionnelle Continue - FPC). These requests contain a qualitative and quantitative description of the training plans implemented by the companies.
The indicators provided each year, include the profile of companies seeking financial support from the State by size and business sector, numbers of people in training, the business sectors in which the most training takes place, the average hourly cost of training courses and even the amount of the financial contribution from the State.
Study on the Transition from school to working life (Etude sur la Transition Ecole-Vie Active - TEVA)
The objective of TEVA is to analyse integration into the labour market and the vocational path of those leaving the vocational regime, the technician's regime, and the healthcare and social professions division of the secondary technical education regime. Analysis work is being carried out.
Based on the observation that there is little data available on continuing training provision, particularly as regards the training offered by private providers, the Training Observatory (Observatoire de la Formation) conducts a regular survey (every 3 years) on training providers. The first was published in July 2011.
The identification of active training providers in Luxembourg shows that the majority are small private organisations with training focusing on services, which reflects the Luxemburgish economy. Continuing training provision is also defined by the working languages used in training courses, training organisation methods and whether provider training leads to diplomas or certificates.
The perception of the working population
The expression "Lifelong learning" is gradually being adopted into everyday language. The Training Observatory (Observatoire de la Formation) has run a study which aims to gauge the working population's perception of this concept.
The study addresses questions such as: What are the best ways of cementing a future career? What is the ranking of places of learning in which the most skills can be gained? Are the skills gained in school sufficient for the labour market? What training support is available to individuals?
The studies and analyses carried out by the Training Observatory (Observatoire de la Formation) are co-funded by the European Social Fund (Fonds Social Européen).
The European Network of Reference and Expertise in Vocational Education and Training (Réseau Européen de Référence et d’Expertise sur l’Enseignement et la Formation Professionnelle - ReferNet) is made up of experts in the field from each European Union Member State, as well as Iceland and Norway.
The Network was implemented and coordinated by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Centre Européen pour le Développement de la Formation Professionnelle - Cedefop) to meet the growing demand for information enabling comparison of vocational training policies and developments in the Member States.
Since 2009, the Training Observatory (Observatoire de la Formation) has been responsible for coordinating actions at a national level, producing deliverables in English and maintaining the www.refernet.lu. website.