Continuing training: who does what?
There are currently several types of stakeholders involved in Luxembourg's continuing training spectrum.
Initiators and promoters
The State plays a very active role in continuing training provision as a whole. It acts in particular to enhance legislation in this area for collective access and individual access, to co-fund company investment and to facilitate the governance of the system.
The employers' professional chambers, i.e. the Chamber of Commerce (Chambre de Commerce), Chamber of Trades (Chambre des Métiers) and the Chamber of Agriculture (Chambre d'Agriculture) - and the employees' professional chambers i.e. the Chamber of Civil Servants and Public Employees (Chambre des Fonctionnaires et Employés publics) and the Chamber of Employees (Chambre des Salariés) - are also involved in shaping educational and vocational training policy through the recommendations they make.
The fundamental mission of the INFPC, a public institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse - MENJE), is to promote lifelong learning within an economic network, and to unite all of the social and economic stakeholders around the common purpose of developing continuing training.
State services and administrations
|Training areas ||Service or administration
General interest training The Adult Training Service (Service de la formation des adultes - SFA) is responsible for:
- Coordinating the training offered to adults through evening courses by secondary education and technical secondary education, together with the training provided by the National Languages Institute (Institut National des Langues),
- Organising a regime for adults which, through evening courses, provides access to the diplomas and certificates usually issued by daytime education with the exception of the vocational regime (e.g. the eBac),
- Organising and defining the content of general interest courses in areas categorised as general training and social promotion,
- Defining the programmes of general interest courses and courses run for adults.
Adult Training Service (Service de la formation des adultes - SFA)Ministry of Education, Children and Youth
12-14, avenue Emile Reuter
Tel. +352 247 85100
Vocational trainingThe Vocational Training Service (Service de la Formation Professionnelle - SFP) is tasked with:
- The vocational training and social and educational supervision of unemployed workers and job seekers,
- The second qualification route (DAP, CCP),
- Adult apprenticeships,
- Organisation of the final examinations and examinations for the Master Craftsmanship in partnership with the relevant professional chambers.
Vocational Training Service (Service de la formation professionnelle - SFP)Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse
29, rue Aldringen
Tel. +352 247 85239
Language trainingThe National Languages Institute (Institut National des Langues - INL), which is under the authority of the ministry of Education, Children and Youth (Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse - MENJE), has the following mission:
- To deliver language courses,
- To organise tests in the Luxemburgish language as required to obtain Luxemburgish nationality,
- To offer the opportunity to sit international examinations in all of the languages taught.
National Languages Institute (Institut National des Langues - INL)15, rue Léon Hengen
Tel. +352 26 44 30 1
The National Centre for Continuing Vocational Training (Centre National de Formation Professionnelle Continue – CNFPC) is the prefered location to implement the continuing vocational training organised by the Ministry.The Ettelbruck CNFPC delivers:
- Professional guidance and initiation courses (Cours d’orientation et d’initiation professionnelles - COIP) aimed at young unemployed people,
- Continuing vocational training and vocational retraining courses,
- Adult apprenticeship courses (DAP/CATP- CCP/CITP-CCM),
- General or specific training to meet the requirements of companies, professional sectors or associations at the request of the minister for work (Ministre de travail),
- Evening courses.
National Centre for Continuing Vocational Training (Centre national de formation professionnelle continue – CNFPC) CNFPC Esch-sur-Alzette
22, rue Henri Koch
Tel. +352 55 89 87
77, rue Jean-Pierre Thill (Z.I.)
Tel. +352 81 89 39 1
Insertion and reinsertion training The Agency for the Development of Employment (Agence pour le Développement de l’Emploi – ADEM) is under the authority of the Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy. It has a wide ranging mission in the field of training including:
- Acting to retrain or re-employ the workforce,
- Promoting the training, physiotherapy and professional integration of disabled workers,
- Organising and providing vocational guidance for young people and adults, with a view to integrating them into the world of work,
- Providing guidance, training, job placements, physiotherapy and occupational reintegration for workers with reduced capacity to work.
Agency for the Development of Employment (Agence pour le développement de l’emploi – ADEM)10, rue Bender
Tel. +352 247 85300
Municipalities are taking an increasingly active role in the development of continuing training for citizens.
They offer courses in many areas including:
- First aid,
- Physical education,
- and many others.
The Internetstuffen are telecentres within municipalities that are financially supported by the State, in order to promote internet access for citizens as well as their participation in the information society.
Over the last few years, new initiatives have sprung up that aim to pool the training supply offered by municipal administrations grouped together in a network.
These initiatives are implemented through, among other things, the availability of websites such as www.landakademie.lu, which offers a wide range of training for the 'Eisleck-Attert' region.
University of Luxembourg
|Training areas ||
University trainingUniversity of Luxembourg's main objectives are:
University diplomas can be obtained through continuing training.
- Knowledge transfer at the highest level.
University of Luxembourg
2, avenue de l'Université
Tel. +352 46 66 44 1
Professional chambers' training bodies
Professional chambers are strongly involved in upskilling.
They are constantly increasing their training activity, and for a number of years have all had facilities dedicated solely to training.
|Training areas ||Training body
Continuing training and the Master Craftsmanship (Brevet de Maîtrise)
Every year, the Chamber of Trades (Chambre des Métiers) offers a programme of courses and seminars aimed both at company managers and their employees.
This training offer includes management courses adapted to the specific needs of small and medium-sized companies, courses to study towards the Master Craftsmanship (Brevet de Maîtrise) as well as specific technical courses. The latter are reserved exclusively for companies in the crafts sector that are registered with the Chamber of Trades (Chambre des Métiers).
Chamber of Trades (Chambre des Métiers)2, Circuit de la Foire Internationale
Luxembourg - Kirchberg
Tel. +352 42 67 67 1
Vocational and university training
The Chamber of Commerce (Chambre de Commerce) pools all of its training activities together in the "Luxembourg School for Commerce".
These revolve around three main themes:
- Initial vocational training,
- Continuing vocational training,
- University training.
The LSC is also active in promoting a legislative and regulatory framework to support training. It acts as an interface between the economic world and the public authorities.
LSC - Luxembourg School for Commerce 7, rue Alcide de Gasperi
Luxembourg - Kirchberg
Tel. +352 42 39 39 220
Continuing training, specialist training and university training
The Chamber of Employees' (Chambre des Salariés) LLLC offers evening courses, seminars and specialist training together with university training, in association with Luxemburgish and foreign partners.
The LLLC also allows anyone that can provide proof of significant professional and/or non-professional experience to obtain one or several diplomas from its 'Evening Classes' (including Computer Science and Office Automation Equipment, Accounting and Budgetary Control, Law, Marketing Actions, Social Skills, Economics and Management) programme without having to attend a course or sit examinations.
LLLC - Luxembourg Lifelong Learning Center13, rue de Bragance
Tel. +352 27 49 46 00
Trade union stakeholders
|Training domains ||Training body
Trade union trainingCreated as part of the formation of the new Chamber of Employees (Chambre des salariés), the main missions of the Luxembourg Trade Union Training Centre (Centre
de Formation Syndicale du Luxembourg - CFSL) are to:
- Develop trade union training programmes for the trade unions represented within the Chamber of Employees (Chambre des salariés),
- Develop tailor-made training for trade unions under the Chamber of Employees (Chambre des salariés),
- Produce studies and publications on topics of health, safety and well-being at work,
- Organise thematic conferences and seminars on health, safety and well-being at work,
- Contribute to the recommendations of the Chamber of Employees (Chambre des salariés) on health, safety and well-being at work.
Luxembourg Trade Union Training Centre of the Chamber of Employees (Centre de Formation Syndicale du Luxembourg de la Chambre des salariés - CFSL) 13, rue de Bragance
Tel. +352 27 494 300
Economic and legal trainingThe Higher School for Labour (Ecole Supérieure du Travail - EST) is a training institute that is under the authority of a tripartite board of directors, and under the supervision of the Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy (Ministre du Travail, de l’Emploi et de l'Economie sociale et solidaire).
It delivers courses aimed at employed workers and self-employed workers covering the acquisition, development and adaptation of their knowledge, particularly in the following areas: economics, taxation, constitutional law, employment law, social security legislation and culture.
The EST may also be tasked with the training of staff representatives in companies based in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Higher School for Labour (Ecole Supérieure du Travail - EST) 3, rue des Primeurs
Tel. +2361 2361 +352 247 86133
The Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) is responsible for the transfer of knowledge gained during research activities through high-level placements. These placements are aimed at young academics wishing to refine their academic knowledge, and at executives with some professional experience who wish to develop in their field or retrain in new professional fields.
|Training areas ||Research centre
Research dedicated to lifeThe Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) is a public research body dealing with biomedicine. Striving for excellence, its researchers generate knowledge, through their creativity, enthusiasm and commitment, about disease mechanisms and contribute to the development of new diagnostics, innovative treatments and clinical applications that affect the health of Luxembourg and European citizens. The activities of the LIH are developed around the following research areas: oncology, infectious and auto-immune diseases and public health.
At the forefront of biomedical sciences, the LIH is deeply involved in implementing national and international research programs in personalised medicine. It acts as a catalyst to promote research collaborations with health care providers, hospitals and other public and private biomedical organisations. In order to create economic and social value, it sets out to transfer its scientific discoveries and technological developments. As the leading provider of public health information in Luxembourg, it also allows public authorities to take decisions based on scientific findings and to communicate validated data to international institutions.
The LIH hosts a large number of trainees, Masters and doctoral students affiliated with the University of Luxembourg or partner universities abroad, as well as postdoctoral researchers wishing to specialise in a particular field of research. These young scientists at the beginning of their careers benefit from modern infrastructure, equipment at the cutting edge of technology and a stimulating work environment, guaranteeing high quality coaching and training for research.
The LIH offers a series of training courses, the "Training and Workshops", which enable scientific and transversal skills to be acquired. They are primarily intended for PhD students and young researchers.
Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH)1A-B, rue Thomas Edison
Tel. +352 26 970 1
Associations and foundations
Private associations and foundations are also stakeholders as regards continuing training.
A non-exhaustive list of not-for-profit associations and foundations can be accessed via the search engine on the lifelong-learning.lu portal, as well as through the directory of training bodies published by the INFPC.
The not-for-profit association and the foundation whose head office is located in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg must be approved in order to practise training activities.
Further information on practising in Luxembourg.
Sector-specific training bodies
There are currently several sector-specific bodies that are involved in delivering continuing vocational training.
|Training areas||Sector-specific bodies
Banking sectorThe House of Training made its appearance on the continuing vocational training market in 2015. It brings together, under one umbrella, the continuing training programmes offered by the LSC (Luxembourg School for Commerce) and the IFBL (Luxembourg Banking Training Institute). These are the training bodies of, respectively, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and the Luxembourg Bankers' Association.
The House of Training offers a very extensive range of training courses tailored to the needs of companies, employees and of the labour market.
House of Training7, rue Alcide de Gasperi
Tel. +352 46 50 16 1
Fax +352 46 50 19
Construction sectorThe main objective of the IFSB is to implement a sector-specific construction training system for all categories of employees. The IFSB is an initiative created by the Federation of Construction and Civil Engineering Companies (Fédération des entreprises de construction et de génie civil), and the Grouping of Building and Public Works Entrepreneurs (Groupement des entrepreneurs du bâtiment et des travaux publics).
With its Training centre in Bettembourg, the institute intends to market itself as the skills centre for sustainable construction in Luxembourg.
Institute of Sector-Specific Building Training (Institut de formation sectoriel du bâtiment - IFSB)5, Zone d’activités économiques Krakelshaff
Tel. +352 26 59 56
Fax +352 26 59 07 44
Hospital sectorThe DeWidong Continuing Vocational Training Centre (Le Centre de formation professionnelle continue DeWidong - CFPC DeWidong) was created by the Luxembourg Hospitals Alliance (Entente des hôpitaux luxembourgeois) and the trade unions OGB-L and LCGB, as part of the hospital sector collective agreement. Its main purpose is market research and information on training provision, both on continuing training and certified training.
It offers sector-specific training programmes for all categories of employees in establishments that are members of the Luxembourg Hospitals Alliance (Entente des hôpitaux luxembourgeois).
DeWidong Continuing Vocational Training Centre (CFPC DeWidong)Cité des Sciences - Maison de L'Innovation
5, avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux
Tel. +352 26 54 00 57
Fax +352 26 54 00-58
Medical sector The Luxembourg Institute of Continuing Medical Training (Institut luxembourgeois de formation médicale continue - ILFMC) is an initiative of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Association of Doctors and Dentists (Association des médecins et médecins-dentistes du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg - AMMD), and its purpose is to train the medical staff.
The Institute's missions include among others, quality management through the accreditation of continuing medical training events, in accordance with national and international quality criteria, and the coordination of continuing medical training events and programmes through the publication and circulation of a summary plan showing all accredited events.
Luxembourg Institute of Continuing Medical Training (Institut luxembourgeois de formation médicale continue - ILFMC)29, rue de Vianden
Tel. +352 44 40 33 1
Fax +352 45 83 49
The mission of the National Institute of Public Administration (Institut national d'administration publique - INAP) is to promote the vocational training of employees of the State, public State institutions, municipalities, municipal trade unions and municipal public institutions.
The Institute depends on the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reform (Ministère de la Fonction publique et de la Réforme administrative).
National Institute of Public Administration (Institut national d'administration publique - INAP)
67, rue Verte
Tel. +352 247 83172
Fax +352 247 83174
Private training bodies
Private bodies play an important role as stakeholders in continuing vocational training.
They may include:
Specialised training bodies in areas as diverse as languages, quality, human resources, safety, health, the environment, sales and financial management, law, banking/insurance, industrial management etc.
Commercial companies which usually combine sales - mainly of computer science hardware and equipment - with the training of their client base.
- Consultancy firms or independent consultants which usually offer management-related training.
A non-exhaustive list of training bodies can be accessed via the search engine on the lifelong-learning.lu portal, as well as through the directory of training bodies published by the INFPC.
The private training bodies whose head office is located in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg must be approved in order to practise training activities.
Further information on practising in Luxembourg.
Companies are key stakeholders of continuing vocational training. The on-going development of workforce skills constitutes a strategic challenge which they address with their annual training plan.
It is at the heart of business that the true value of training is being fully realised and where knowledge gained is gradually turned into skills.
Companies also fall within the scope of legislation that aims to support and develop continuing vocational training. This measure enables companies to seek financial support for their training investment.