Benefiting from a business internship as part of the guaranteed minimum income (revenu minimum guaranti – RMG)

The guaranteed minimum income (RMG) is aimed at persons and households whose income is below a certain threshold defined by law.

Integration allowance is one of the benefits provided for by the law on guaranteed minimum income.

In order to receive this allowance, applicants must participate in a professional integration measure.

One of the possible professional integration activities is a business internship.

Who is concerned

The following persons may be admitted to such a internship:

  • those who meet the conditions for receiving benefits specified by the RMG law, and;
  • who have signed an integration contract with the National Social Action Service (Service national d’action sociale – SNAS) specifying participation in such a internship, and;
  • who have not been exempted from professional integration activity by the SNAS.

Prerequisites

Before being able to take part in a business internship as part of the guaranteed minimum income, the applicant must file an application for an integration benefit with the SNAS .

How to proceed

Internship offer

Following their application for an integration benefit, applicants must sign an integration contract that specifies their assignment to a business internship as a professional integration activity.

The business internship is offered by the SNAS upon signature of an integration contract, taking into consideration their capabilities and skills, depending on the possibilities offered by businesses that collaborate with the SNAS to improve the applicant's practical training, and to increase their chances of finding a job, either in the business where the internship takes place or in another business.

Characteristics of the traineeship

Working time

The weekly duration of work is set at 40 hours, unless legal provisions or the collective agreement in the business provides for less working hours.

The weekly working hours may be reduced for persons who have been partially exempted by the SNAS from a professional integration activity.

The trainee's absences are considered as working time, if they are:

  • they are notified to the business beforehand in order for the trainee to respond to a job offer assigned by the national employment administration (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi - ADEM), or;
  • they have been previously notified to the business in order for the trainee to present himself at ADEM's work placement office, or;
  • they are due to an illness or accident, provided the trainee can present a medical certificate to his training supervisor from the first day of absence.

Duration of the internship

The internship can last up to 12 months.

The internship contract may be renewed once for a maximum duration of 12 months, by agreement between the social worker in charge of the file, the trainee and the training supervisor. The maximum total duration of the internship is 24 months at the same business.

Renewal of the internship within the same business is only possible if:

  • the trainee has realistic prospects to be hired on a fixed-term or permanent employment contract, or;
  • the training supervisor commits to hire the trainee as a priority if he is recruiting new staff.

The training supervisor and the National Social Action Service (SNAS) evaluate the possible hiring prospects together.

Labour law

The trainee is subject to the labour regulations in force within the business.

He also benefits from the legal provisions on:

  • duration of work;
  • days of leave and holidays;
  • weekly rest;
  • night work;
  • safety at work;
  • working women, children and young people.

Remuneration of the trainee

The trainee is not a salaried worker of the business. Thus, he benefits from an integration allowance in the amount of the social minimum wage paid by the National Solidarity Fund (Fonds national de solidarité - FNS), which also covers the employer's share of social security contributions.

The integration benefit may be increased by 20 % if the trainee can provide proof of professional qualifications at the time of their admission to the internship.

The trainee's obligations

The details of the internship are specified in a contract on the organisation of a professional integration activity, signed by the trainee, the training supervisor and the SNAS, which is attached to the integration contract.

The trainee must pass a medical examination upon hiring with the Multi-sector Occupational Health Service (Service de Santé au Travail Multisectoriel, STM).

The trainee cannot compromise the training course through his behaviour. He must provide work in good faith, in accordance with the business's rules and comply with safety measures on the workplace.

End of the internship

The training course ends automatically after its agreed duration, which is stated in the agreement signed by the 3 parties.

It also ends when the trainee is hired under a fixed-term or permanent employment contract in the business where the training course takes place or with another employer. In that case, the training course ends without a notice period, with effect on the day before the start of the employment contract.

The training course also ends when the right to the integration allowance is withdrawn due to the non-compliance with the integration contract, or when the trainee no longer meets the legal requirements to benefit from a scheme within the framework of the guaranteed minimum income. The National Social Action Service (SNAS) then informs the business of the end of the internship.

Early termination of the internship by one of the parties must be preceded by a pre-dismissal interview between the training supervisor and the trainee. A representative of the SNAS takes part in this interview.

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