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Factsheet for case FR-2020-11/1286 Updated – measures in France

Exceptional aid to support the employment of a disabled person on an apprenticeship contract or a professionalisation contract

Aide exceptionnelle de soutien à l'emploi d'une personne handicapée en contrat d'apprentissage ou en contrat de professionnalisation

Country France , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 13 March 2020 – 28 February 2021
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies, incl. subsidised job creation
Author Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound
Case created 16 October 2020 (updated 18 May 2021)

Background information

Agefiph provides an exceptional assistance to support the employment of a disabled person on an apprenticeship or work-study contract ('contrat en alternance' or 'de professionalisation'). The aid supports companies wishing to continue apprenticeship contracts or work-study contract for people with disabilities following the COVID-19 crisis.

The aid is open to any employer under private law with fewer than 250 employees who, no later than 10 May 2020, has hired a disabled person who is a beneficiary of the employment obligation under Article L5212-13 of the French Labour Code or who has filed a request for recognition of his or her disability, whose apprenticeship or work-study contract or professional training contract is in progress on the date the request is filed and continues beyond 31 August 2020.

Content of measure

Amount of aid

The flat-rate financial assistance is assessed according to the age of the apprentice:

  • €1,500 for an apprentice aged under 18 and up to 21 years old;
  • €2,000 for an apprentice over 21 and up to 35 years of age;
  • €2,500 for an apprentice over 35 years of age.

The flat-rate financial assistance is assessed according to the age of the beneficiary of the work-study contract:

  • €1,500 for a trainee under 40 years of age;
  • €2,000 for a trainee apprentice over 40 and up to 50 years of age;
  • €3,000 € for a trainee over 51 years of age.

Conditions

The work-study contract is ongoing at the time of application and continues beyond 31 August 2020. The aid can be combined with aid for an apprenticeship contract or a work-study contract. The aid is temporary and non-renewable. The employer has to:

  • sign the Agefiph application form,
  • sign the general conditions or send an e-mail stating that the contractor has read them and approves them unreservedly;
  • provide a certificate of employment dated less than one month ago certifying that the employee is still present;

Updates

The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

15 October 2020

In the context of the health crisis, the Association for the Management of the Fund for the Integration of People with Disabilities (Agefiph) has set up exceptional aid to support the employment of people with disabilities, applicable since 13 March 2020. "In order to secure the resumption of activity, Agefiph's Board of Directors has decided to adapt, extend and extend the duration of its exceptional aid until 28 February 2021, according to a press release from the Association dated 15 October 2020.

Use of measure

According to Agefiph, these aids have 'met with their public', with 19,000 beneficiaries at the end of 2020, including 1,014 for the aid for work-study students, 8,529 for the exceptional aid for training and 5,581 beneficiaries of the exceptional aid for setting up teleworking and financing specific prevention equipment.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Disabled workers
Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

Peak-level social partners organisation participate to the management of the Agefiph. Therefore they are consulted on such measure.

Views and reactions

Not available.

Sources

  • 07 August 2020: Aide exceptionnelle de soutien à l'emploi d'une personne handicapée en contrat d'apprentissage (www.agefiph.fr)
  • 07 August 2020: Aide exceptionnelle de soutien à l'emploi d'une personne handicapée en contrat de professionnalisation (www.agefiph.fr)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Exceptional aid to support the employment of a disabled person on an apprenticeship contract or a professionalisation contract, case FR-2020-11/1286 (measures in France), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.