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Factsheet for measure LU-2021-52/2150 – measures in Luxembourg

Measures on work placement

Nouvelles mesures concernant les stages de professionnalisation

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 20 December 2021 – 30 June 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Measure added 12 January 2022 (updated 01 June 2022)

Background information

The professionalization internship is an employment measure that promotes the professional reintegration of jobseekers into the labour market by offering a real prospect of employment. This measure is aimed at private and public promoters.

This course allows :

  • employers to pass on their experience and give a real job perspective to jobseekers aged 30 or over or employees with a disability or reduced working capacity
  • jobseekers to put their abilities to use in a concrete way, while acquiring new skills

The legal basis is Art. L. 524-1. of the Labour Code, with a temporary derogation by the law of 24 July 2020.

Content of measure

Employers wishing to give a jobseeker the opportunity to do a vocational training course must be able to offer him/her a real job prospect at the end of the course.

ADEM can offer the professionalization training course to jobseekers :

  • aged at least 30 (temporary derogation: 16-64 years) or in external reclassification or who have the status of a disabled employee
  • registered with ADEM for at least one month.

The work placement in a company is an unpaid placement. The entrepreneur is therefore not obliged to pay the trainee any remuneration. However, the trainee is entitled to an internship allowance of €356.53 (index 855.62) per month paid by ADEM. The employer will send ADEM a weekly attendance record of the trainee.

Persons receiving unemployment benefit, a waiting allowance, an occupational waiting allowance, an occupational waiting pension or income for the severely handicapped continue to benefit from this during the traineeship.

The traineeship is subject to insurance against accidents at work; the relevant contributions are paid by the Employment Fund

Use of measure

All jobseekers are concerned. The traineeship enables jobseekers to put their abilities to good use in a practical way, while acquiring new skills. In this respect, the employer must appoint a tutor, who will be responsible for assisting and supervising the trainee throughout the professional training course. In the event of a change, the employer is required to notify ADEM.

At the end of the vocational training period, the employer must inform ADEM, in writing, about the jobseeker's possibilities of integration into the company. If the trainee is not hired at the end of the course, the employer must provide ADEM with a document indicating the skills acquired during the course of the experience, as well as any deficiencies noted. The trainee's entitlement to unemployment benefit is extended for the duration of the training period. An employer who hires a trainee aged 45 or over, or who is in the process of being reclassified as a disabled employee, on completion of the traineeship, under a full-time permanent contract, may be reimbursed 50% of the minimum social wage for unskilled employees for the 12 months following the hiring, upon request to ADEM. The work experience period must be deducted from any trial period. If the trainee is hired under a part-time contract, the reimbursement will be prorated according to the working time. The reimbursement is only due and paid 12 months after the engagement, provided that the employment contract is still in force at the time of the request and that the duration of the professional training course has been expressly deducted from any trial period.

It should be noted that this reimbursement can be combined with other aid, with the exception of the tax subsidy, up to the amount of the monthly minimum social wage for unskilled workers. The vocational training course may be followed by a Contract for Reinsertion into Employment (CRE). In this case, the combined duration of the SP and the CRE may not exceed 12 months

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Company level


The social partners can only intervene in cases of non-compliance with the law when they are approached by the worker

Views and reactions

Any additional support for the job seeker or retrainee, improvement is perceived positively by the social partner. No specific comments have been made to date



Eurofound (2022), Measures on work placement, measure LU-2021-52/2150 (measures in Luxembourg), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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