Initiators and promoters, State services and administrations, Municipalities, University of Luxembourg, Professional chambers' training bodies, Trade union stakeholders, Research centres, Associations and foundations, Sector-specific training bodies, Private training bodies, Companies.
There are currently several types of stakeholders involved in Luxembourg's lifelong learning spectrum.
The State plays a very active role in continuing training provision as a whole. It acts in particular to enhance legislation in this area, 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’Éducation nationale, de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse), 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.
The Department of Adult Education (Service de la formation des adultes) is responsible for:
The Department of Vocational Training (Service de la formation professionnelle) is tasked with:
The National Institute for Languages (INL),
which is under the authority of the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, has the following mission:
As a national certification centre, the INL:
The National Centre for Continuing Vocational Training (Centre National de Formation Professionnelle Continue – CNFPC)
is the preferred location to implement the continuing vocational training organised by the Ministry.
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The Employment agency (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:
Municipalities are taking an increasingly active role in the development of continuing training for citizens.
They offer courses in many areas including:
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 "Éislek-Attert" region.
University of Luxembourg's main objectives are:
University diplomas can be obtained through continuing training.
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 specifically to training.
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 provision includes management courses adapted to the specific needs of small and medium-sized companies, courses
to study towards the Master Craftsmanship 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.
With regard to initial training, the Chamber of Commerce (Chambre de Commerce) is committed to improving the quality of secondary
education and in particular the vocational education. It proposes curricula for general secondary education and
is also actively involved in organising the apprenticeship, in particular by identifying potentially-relevant
professions, developing programmes, providing general supervision and defining the operating methods.
The Chamber of Commerce is the co-founder of the House of Training, the reference partner for continuing vocational
training for the Luxembourg economy. By bringing together the continuing vocational training offers from the LSC
and the IFBL (the training bodies of the Chamber of Commerce and the Luxembourg Bankers’ Association respectively)
under one umbrella, the House of Training offers a very wide range of training courses tailored to the needs of
companies, employees and the employment market.
With regard to university training, in addition to its partnership with the University of Luxembourg, the Chamber of
Commerce has joined forces with the Chamber of Trades to create the ISEC-HdW higher-education institute of
economics (Institut supérieur de l'Économie – Hochschule der Wirtschaft), which opened its doors in September 2016
and which aims to promote a complete value chain for continuing vocational training by creating a "professionalising"
tertiary training course. The ISEC offers higher education courses that lead to certification or a diploma.
According to the Bologna nomenclature, the diplomas are delivered at a Bachelor's or Master's degree level.
The courses can be followed as a work-study programme, but since the educational scheme is practice-oriented,
it also provides for placements and apprenticeships in companies that enable students to obtain ECTS credits.
The Chamber of Employees' LLLC offers evening courses, seminars and specialist training together with university training, in association
with Luxembourgish 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" programme (including Computer Science and Office Automation Equipment, Accounting
and Budgetary Control, Law, Marketing Actions, Social Skills, Economics and Management) without having to attend a course or
The EST, the Higher School for Labour 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.
It provides 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
The EST may also be tasked with the training of staff representatives in companies based in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
The LIH, the Luxembourg Institute of Health, 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.
The 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
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.
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.
Not-for-profit associations and foundations whose head office is located in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg must be approved in order to
carry out training activities.
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There are currently several sector-specific bodies that are involved in delivering
continuing vocational training.
The main objective of the IFSB,
the Institute for Training in the Construction Industry 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
The DeWidong Continuing Vocational Training Centre (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
The mission of the INAP, the National Institute of Public Administration (Institut national d'administration publique),
placed under the authority of the minister responsible for the civil service, is to promote the vocational training of employees
of the State, public State institutions, municipalities, municipal trade unions and municipal public institutions.
The INAP is also responsible for organising the assessment of knowledge of the three administrative languages in the context of
the admission of candidates to work for the State and municipalities and offers services in the field of continuing vocational
training for other public institutions.
Private bodies play an important role as stakeholders in continuing vocational training.
They may include:
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.
Private training bodies whose head office is located in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg must be approved in order to carry
out training activities.
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 the 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.