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National School for Adults (École Nationale pour Adultes - ENAD)

Offering a new chance at success within the school system

Based on an innovative educational concept, the National School for Adults (École Nationale pour Adultes - ENAD) is an integral part of the public school system. It is open to any young person or adult between the ages of 16 and 30 years who, as a result of failure or of bad orientation choices, has dropped out of school or has been unable to find a place as an apprentice.

The ENAD teaches these learners in a specific way, giving priority to supervision and personal tutoring. It meets learners’ needs in terms of initiation, catching up, qualification, retraining and personal fulfilment.

The school is able to offer classical secondary education and general secondary education from the 5e class upwards. The ENAD also offers sandwich and on-the-job training courses for social education workers leading to the social education worker’s diploma and to the general secondary school leaving diploma as well as preparatory modules providing access to higher studies.

Personal project

Registration with the ENAD is subject to certain conditions. The learner must take part in an individual interview,

  • undergo a skills audit: assessment of knowledge, including verbal and written communication, mathematics and logical reasoning, and skills acquired outside the school environment,
  • sign a training contract stipulating that the learner is motivated to participate in classes actively and assiduously and will comply with the school’s discipline and timetable, and
  • define a personal and professional project.

On the basis of the learner's personal project, and according to his/her needs and learning rhythm, the educational team draws up a training plan.

General education is provided in:

  • languages (French, German, English and, as the case may be, Luxembourgish)
  • mathematics and logical reasoning
  • natural sciences (health, biology, chemistry, physics)
  • human sciences (civic education, economics, geography, history)

The target skills and content of courses depend on the learner's project.

Practical teaching takes the form of internships in companies and in workshops at the ENAD. Learners may supplement their personal and professional project by working in a training kitchen, a horticultural greenhouse, or in the various workshops at the ENAD.

The reports and attestations issued by the ENAD fall within the national certification system operated by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth. The methods for the examinations taken at the end of studies are the same as those for secondary school learners in initial training.

A statement of skills, which serves as a supplement to the report, forms an integral part of the attestations issued by the ENAD.

Any learner who has been absent from more than 10% of the total of the compulsory lessons scheduled for the academic year will not be allowed to continue on the course for the rest of that year.

Initial training - Classical secondary modern education
(Classes of 5e and 4e C and 3e to 1re CG - section humanities and social sciences)

The classes available as continuous daytime education, with 32 to 36 lessons per week, at the start of the 2021/2022 school year are:

Class Description/Objective Preferred profile
5e C
minimum age 16 years
Refresher class preparatory to admission to the class of 4e C Successful completion of the class of 6e ES or on the basis of the applicant's dossier
4e C
minimum age 17 years
Refresher class preparatory to admission to the class of 3e CG Successful completion of the class of 5e ES or 9e TE or on the basis of the applicant's dossier
3e CG
minimum age 17 years
Class of 3e CG Successful completion of the class of 4e ESC or on the basis of the applicant's dossier
2e CG
minimum age 17 years
Class of 2e CG Successful completion of the class of 3e CG ES or on the basis of the applicant's dossier
1re CG
minimum age 17 years
Class of 1re CG
leading to the classical secondary school leaving diploma (Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires classiques)
2e CG ES or any other 2e class of classical education on condition of passing an admission test in the basic subjects of the section.

Initial training - General secondary education and vocational training (Classes of 5e G, 1st to third year DAP, 4e and 3e GPS)

The classes available as continuous daytime education, with 32 to 36 lessons per week, at the start of the 2021/2022 school year are:

Class Description/Objective Preferred profile
5e G (basic)
minimum age 17 years
Preparatory class for admission to the class of first year DAP On the basis of the applicant's dossier
5e G (advanced)
minimum age 17 years
Preparatory class for admission to general secondary education
Successful completion of the class of 5e (basic) or 6e G or on the basis of the applicant's dossier
first to third year DAP - carer
minimum age 18 years, must have left school at least 12 months previously
6 semesters - concurrent training programme available under an apprenticeship contract (course taught in German/Luxembourgish)Successful completion of the class of 5e and initial skills audit
first to third year DAP –
cook
minimum age 17 years
6 semesters - 1st year organised full-time at the school with internships in the professional environment First-year class:
certified 5e access
first to third year DAP –
plant nursery worker-landscape gardener
minimum age 17 years
6 semesters - 1st year organised full-time at the school with internships in the professional environment First-year class:
certified 5e access
first to third year DAP –
electrician
minimum age 17 years
6 semesters - concurrent training programme available under an apprenticeship contract, organised in modules First-year class:
certified 5e access
4e GPS
minimum age 17 years
Health professions and social professions,
class of 4e of general education (paramedical and social)
Certified access on successful completion of the class of 5e G (advanced) or 5e (classical education), or admission on the basis of the applicant's dossier
3e GPS
minimum age 17 years
Health professions and social professions,
Class of 3e of general education (paramedical and social)
Successful completion of 4e GPS class on the basis of the applicant's dossier

Adult education - Social education worker - sandwich course
(Classes of 2e GEA, 1e GEA and 1e+ GEA)

The sandwich training course for social education workers is a new training route available for people in employment. It is part of the offer of training for adults which enables them to obtain a recognised diploma by an alternative route. The aim is to offer on-the-job training tailored to the Luxembourgish professional sector. The course is aimed at adults with no recognised professional qualifications as a social education worker but who are already active in the childcare or social field.

The three-year course comprises:

  • theory classes during term time: 16 hours per week, on two consecutive days per week,
  • independent learning,
  • professional activity accompanied by consideration of related educational theory.
Class Description/Objective Preferred profile
2e GEA
minimum age 21 years
2e class GEA Social education worker - sandwich course Admission requirements
1re GEA
minimum age 21 years
1re class GEA Social education worker - sandwich course Successful completion of the class of 2e GEA ENAD
1re +GEA
minimum age 21 years
1re class +GEA Social education worker - sandwich course
social education worker's State diploma
Successful completion of the class of 1re GEA ENAD

New Project (2021-2022):1 GSO bridging scheme to social education worker qualification

The '1 GSO bridging scheme to social education worker qualification' course is for adults who hold a diploma certifying successful completion of general secondary education (social sciences section) and an employment contract in the educational and social sector for at least 16 hours per week starting no later than 15 September 2021.

Adult education - Access to Higher Education Diploma (Diplôme d’accès aux études supérieures - DAES)

The DAES diploma enables people who have not been able to obtain a diploma certifying successful completion of secondary studies for any reason to obtain an equivalent diploma. Like the diploma awarded on successful completion of secondary studies, the DAES is a national diploma, allowing its holder to enrol at a higher education institution in the Grand Duchy or abroad; it also opens up the path to professional insertion or promotion; lastly, it allows the holder to sit the examinations for entering the civil service.

The DAES is also for holders of the DAP, the master craftsmanship qualification, or the technician's diploma to enable them to attend adult education classes providing direct access to higher and university studies (allgemeine Hochschulreife).

More information here

Last update - 26.07.2021
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