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In-company training

In 2014, companies requesting financial support from the State to fund a training plan allocated an average of 2.4% of their total payroll to training. Training cost 53 euros per hour, on average. Again on average, employees attended 4.6 training courses lasting 5.3 hours.

The data on in-company training in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is provided by those companies in the private sector requesting public-co-financing for continuing vocational training. The applications they submit make it possible to analyse their training habits.

Companies' training effort

Investment differs according to sector of activity and size of company

Businesses in the “Specialised, scientific and technical activities” and “Transport and storage” sectors are at the top of the list, investing on average 4.0% and 3.8% of their payroll in employee training. At the other end of the scale, the financial effort of businesses in the “Administrative services and support activities” sector is only a third of this amount (1.2%).

Except in companies with at least 1,000 employees – where investment is above average, at 2.7% – financial effort decreases the larger the company.

While the average investment is 2.4% of payroll, very small companies – those with fewer than 10 employees – devote 4.5% of their payroll to staff training.

Average-sized and large companies with between 100 and 999 employees proportionally invest more in training than small companies because of their size. Generally, however, their training effort is lower than average, in the order of 2.1% of their payroll.

The cost of training courses varies according to the sector of activity

In 2014, a training course costs an average of 284 euros per participant. The highest average cost per participant in a training course was in the “Information and communication” sector (550 euros); this is because the average training period per participant was the longest (9.3 hours) and the average hourly cost of training among the highest (59 euros).

Employee access to training

Number of training courses and duration remain stable

In 2014, employees each took part in 4.6 training courses on average, compared to 4.3 training courses in 2013.

Since 2008, the duration of training courses fell. The trend is continuing: the average duration of training courses per participant is 5.3 hours in 2014, compared to 5.5 hours in 2013.

On average, an employee takes part in 6.5 training courses in companies with more than 999 employees, and between 3 and 5 training courses in smaller companies. While these results suggest that access to training is better in larger companies, this is not confirmed by the analysis of the duration of the training courses, as this decreases the larger the company.

In companies with fewer than 10 employees, training courses last 6 hours longer than in companies with 1,000 employees or more, where they are shorter (4 hours per participant).

Public co-funding

The State's financial contribution to continuing vocational training for 2014 stood at 53.7 million euros, an increase of 11.6% as compared to 2013.

A total of 1,832 companies received financial support from the State. These companies individually or in groups submitted a total of 1,487 co-funding applications (+9.9%), one out of five is a new company.

The co-funding granted amounted to an average of 36,082 euros per application, and to 290 euros per employee. At a national level, 28.9% of private companies with 10 or more employees received financial support from the State, 56.7% of all private sector employees are represented.


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