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Understanding co-funding

Legislation on continuing vocational training allows private-sector companies which are legally established in the Grand Duchy and carry out their main business there to obtain aid in funding their training plans.

This State aid corresponds to 15% (taxable) of the amount invested each year in training. An extra 20% is taken into account in terms of the salary costs of participants who do not hold a qualification recognised by the public authorities and who have been employed in the company for less than 10 years, as well as employees over 45 years old at the start of implementing the company's training plan. The amount of investment in training is capped depending on the company's size.

The training courses organised must be aimed at employees who are affiliated to the Grand Duchy's social security system and have an employment contract whether fixed-term or of indefinite duration.

Access to financial aid is achieved through an application for co-funding. The INFPC guides companies applying for State support for training and, on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, processes the applications for co-funding from companies wishing to obtain this aid.

More information on co-funding

Accessing the application for co-funding

The application for co-funding is the compulsory medium to be completed by companies wishing to receive financial support from the State for the training of their employees.

The application file for co-funding includes the company's identification sheet and is structured in predefined categories of training projects to be complied with. The training projects organised by the company must be be divided into these categories. The eligibility period of the training plan to be included in the application for co-funding is based on the calendar year from 1 January to 31 December.

The application for co-funding must be submitted to the INFPC within five months after the end of the financial year, by 31 May at the latest. It must be sent in one copy, by registered post with acknowledgement of receipt, to the INFPC with all the necessary supporting documents.

View and download the application for co-funding

Information session and training on co-funding

Information session

In partnership with the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth and the professional chambers, the INFPC is organising one-hour long information sessions concerning the co-funding of training.

These sessions are targeted at private-sector companies which are established in the Grand Duchy and carry out their main business there. Their aim is to provide an overview of the State's financial support for employee training.

Register for an information session on co-funding

Training

The INFPC offers a training course on "Co-funding for in-company training" for anyone responsible for continuing vocational training within a company.

The course lasts one day; it covers a number of theoretical notions and deals with an actual case, making it possible to understand the procedure for accessing co-funding.

Register for training on co-funding

Using the simulator for calculating co-funding

A simulator for calculating co-funding is available to companies in order to give them a better understanding of the co-funding scheme.

By using the simulator and entering investment estimations, companies can get an approximate calculation of the co-funding amount that they could claim.

Access the simulator for calculating co-funding

Watching the video tutorial on co-funding

A video tutorial with step-by-step explanations of how to fill out the co-funding application is available to companies in order to help them to gain a better understanding of the co-funding scheme.

See the tutorial on co-funding

Finding suitable training courses

lifelong-learning.lu simplifies the training procurement process by providing access to 12 471 courses offered by 319 members’ training organisations.

The training courses offered may be linked to professional skills in the field of finance, construction, communication, industry, mechanics etc. or be more linked to the cross-disciplinary skills that are required in every company, in areas such as languages, business skills, management, IT or personal and professional development.

The courses can be filtered by training domain, venue, duration, level sought, teaching language, etc. The content of each course is set out in detail by the corresponding training provider.

In addition to the search engine, companies are able to use various services on the lifelong-learning.lu platform to develop and manage the training plan to meet their employees’ needs.

  • Training rooms available for rent are also listed to ensure logistical needs are met when organising training.
  • The publication of calls for tender for bespoke training service gives companies a simple and effective way to search the training market. Companies can publish their need for specific training (free of charge and without obligation) to training organisations that are members of lifelong-learning.lu and then receive appropriate training solutions from them.
  • The directory of companies that buy training consists of a listing service which is free and voluntary for the company, so that they can be contacted by training organisations that are members of the portal regarding new collaborations.

Viewing trends regarding in-company training

Companies applying for State aid to fund their training plans invest on average 1.1% of their total payroll in training. Employees attend on average 4.1 training courses lasting 3.2 hours, and the amount of State aid per employee is 122 euros.

In its latest publication, the Training Observatory analyses the training activity of the companies that applied for State aid for continuing vocational training in 2020.

View full information on in-company training practices