Professionalisation internship

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The professionalisation internship is an employment measure aimed to develop the professional reintegration of the most vulnerable populations on the labour market, such as:

  • jobseekers over 30 years of age;
  • workers with reduced work capacity;
  • disabled workers

The National Employment Agency (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi - ADEM) may offer job seekers the professionalisation internship with a potential employer.

This training will allow:

  • employers to pass on their experience and to give a real employment perspective to older job seekers, people with reduced working capacities or disabled persons;
  • job seekers to show their capacities in a concrete manner all the while acquiring new competencies.

The professionalisation internship cannot exceed 6 weeks.

It may be extended to 9 weeks for persons who are deemed to be highly qualified and if the position is in line with their qualification.

Who is concerned?

The professionalisation internship can be offered by the National Employment Agency (ADEM) to job seekers who are:


Employers who intend to offer professionalisation internship to job seekers must be in a position to offer a real employment perspective to the job seeker at the end of the training.

ADEM will therefore verify if the employer can provide an appropriate work environment and if there are real employment perspectives.

In order to take professionalisation internship, job seekers must have been registered with ADEM for a least a month.

How to proceed

Internship offer

Employers who intend to welcome a job seeker for professionalisation internship must contact ADEM's Service employeurs and submit a declaration of vacant position.

Training conditions


The duration of the training cannot exceed 6 weeks.

It may be extended to 9 weeks for persons who are deemed to be highly qualified, i.e. have successfully passed 3 years of higher education (bac +3) and provided the position matches their qualification.

Training course

The professionalisation internship enables job seekers to put forward their capacities in a concrete manner while they acquire new competencies.

To this end, the employer must appoint a mentor who is responsible for assisting and guiding the intern throughout the training period.

In the event of a change occurring during the training, the employer must inform ADEM by any means (telephone, email, fax, post, etc.).


During the internship, the jobseeker is entitled to 2 days of leave per month.

Payment of an allowance

A professional training internship at a company is an unpaid internship. The employer does not have to pay an allowance to the intern.

However, the intern is entitled to an internship allowance of EUR 393.54 per month (current index value), paid by ADEM. To this end, the employer will send ADEM the intern's record of attendance each week.

People receiving unemployment benefits, a tideover allowance, a professional tideover allowance, a waiting pension or benefits for the severely disabled continue to receive those benefits throughout the internship.

The internship is subject to insurance against occupational accidents. Related contributions are paid by the Employment Fund (Fonds pour l'emploi). 

End of the internship

At the end of the professionalisation internship, the employer informs the National Employment Agency (ADEM) in writing of the job seeker's employment possibilities in the company.

Hiring the job seeker

The employment fund reimburses the employer 50 % of the social minimum wage for unskilled workers during 12 months, if after the professionalisation internship, the job seeker is offered a permanent employment contract (CDI). The intern must:

  • be aged 45 or over at the time when the professionalisation internship was concluded; or
  • currently be in an external redeployment programme; or
  • have disabled worker status.
For this to happen, the employer has to submit an application for a subsidy after professionalisation internship to ADEM.

If the worker receives a permanent contract on a part-time basis, the reimbursement will be calculated in proportion to the work schedule.

The reimbursement is only due and paid during 12 months after the recruitment provided that:

  • the work contract is still in force at the time of the application;
  • and that the duration of the professionalisation internship has been specifically deducted from the duration of a possible trial period.

It should be noted that the reimbursement can be paid out concurrently with other financial aid received but only within the limit of the minimum social wage for unskilled workers.

Jobseekers who are not hired

If the intern is not hired at the end of the training, the employer must provide ADEM with a document listing the competencies acquired during the training as well as the shortcomings identified.

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