In Wallonia, vocational training is part and parcel of corporate life and involves many public players, orchestrated by The Forem (regional public service for employment and vocational training). These operators cater for your skills requirements by organising training courses tailored to meet the very latest professional needs.
At the same time, a great many employment and training aids have been developed by the Walloon government in order to help companies of all sizes to be more competitive and to employ a fully qualified workforce.
These aids can be broken down into two major categories:
- Tax benefits and grants that make it possible to reduce wage costs. This is the case for employment grants, reduced social charges or tax breaks for employees working in the field of R&D, export or quality.
- Support measures in favour of training, through attractive and tailored training plans or programmes, financial aid for the training of staff and the insertion of job seekers within companies…
Example of measures:
The Training – Insertion Plan
Job seekers benefit from a training period of between 4 and 26 weeks, even 52 weeks for a young job seeker under the age of 25. This period is determined by the employer and the Forem and, at the end of the training course, is immediately followed by an employment contract for a period at least equivalent to that of the course of training.
This formula offers several advantages: the trainee continues to draw any unemployment benefits for which they are eligible and the company pays them an additional training grant that is not subject to social security contributions. This means that at the end of the training period, the company employs a member of staff who is efficient and productive from the word go.
The Training Cheques and the Conversion Credits
The Training Cheque is a financial aid to encourage the continuous training of employees and makes it possible to reduce the cost of training courses by 50%. It is available to companies with a maximum of 250 employees and whose turnover does not exceed 40 million euros.
Within the framework of the “Conversion Credit”, companies can also take advantage of a subsidy that ranges from 6 to 10 euros per hour. This financial aid is designed to cover a part of the costs of training courses that meet descriptions contained in professional benchmarks, qualifications and common training courses that encourage the adaptation of the employee to the function and to professional mobility in the company, as long as at least 3 workers are concerned.