Professionalisation training

This page was last modified on 16-08-2017

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

  • job seekers 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 training 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 training 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.

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Who is concerned

The professionalisation training can be offered by the National Employment Agency to job seekers who are:


Employers who intend to offer professionalisation training 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 training, job seekers must have been registered with ADEM for a least a month.

How to proceed

Training offer

Employers who intend to welcome a job seeker for professionalisation training 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 training 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 trainee 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 training, the job seeker is entitled to 2 days of leave per month.

Payment of an allowance

The professionalisation training in a company is an unpaid traineeship. The employer does not have to pay an allowance to the trainee.

The trainee is entitled to a training allowance of EUR 323 per month (index 775.17) paid by the ADEM. To this end, the employer will send ADEM the trainee's record of attendance each week.

Persons with unemployment benefits, a tideover allowance, a professional tideover allowance or income for severely disabled persons continue to receive these benefits or allowances during their training.

The training is subject to insurance against occupational accidents. Related contributions are paid by the employment fund (Fonds pour l'emploi). 

End of the training

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

Hiring the job seeker

If, after the professionalisation training, the job seeker is offered a permanent employment contract, the employment fund will reimburse the employer 50% of the social minimum wage for unskilled workers during 12 months. For this to happen, the employer has to submit an application for a subsidy after professionalisation training 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 training 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.

Job seekers who are not hired

If the trainee 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.

Who to contact

National Employment Agency (ADEM)
10, rue Bender
L-1229 - Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 247 - 88000