Dietary restrictions, flexible training schedules, visible symbols… religious beliefs give rise to demands in the workplace, too. Just like in other big cities across Belgium, cultural and religious diversity is part of daily life in Brussels, but is also a challenge for the future. Brussels boasts a multilingual, multireligious population. Almost 10% of its inhabitants are immigrants who came to Belgium less than three years ago. Belgium is therefore a land of self-conscious minorities where each federated entity is a minority that sees itself as being dominated by others. Over the past few years, more and more employers have been faced with workers demanding that their religious beliefs be taken into account.
Since 2011, numbers of self-employed people under 30 years of age have risen steadily. This trend could well continue unabated despite the obstacles faced by self-employed people. Running a business requires specialist training which is not accessible for most budding entrepreneurs.
According to a study carried out by the temporary employment agency Tempo-Team, 50% of employers believe that workers do not receive adequate training. To address this shortfall, some employers are now introducing specialist training courses.
In May 2013, the FormaForm training centre for trainers established its headquarters in a building in the Einstein science park in Louvain-la-Neuve. It is 30 kilometres south of Brussels, midway between the national capital and Namur, the capital of Wallonia.
Audi Brussels is becoming a pioneer in combining theoretical and practical training in Belgium
Thanks to the traineeship initiative ‘Self-employed junior entrepreneurs’, young Walloons have an opportunity to discover daily life of an entrepreneur for 10 days.
The economic slowdown of the past two years raises concerns for the situation of young job-seekers on the labour market. What new developments are related to the professional insertion of new young job-seekers into the labour market? Which factors contribute to successful transition? These are some of the issues addressed in the latest edition of the Le Forem survey.
The German-speaking area of Belgium lies in the eastern part of the country and borders on the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. Its official title is the Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft – the German-speaking community. In the federal organisation of Belgium there are two kinds of territorial entity with very wide-reaching powers: the communities and the regions. The German-speaking community enjoys political autonomy in such important areas as education, employment, culture, health and welfare.
The Belgian i-COMP project focused on the extent to which the competence concept is integrated into daily practices of 31 European public employment services (PES) and 35 vocational education and training organisations (VET). The i-COMP project (funded by ESF) was run by the VDAB (Flemish Employment and Vocational Training Service) in partnership with SERV (Social Economic Council of Flanders).The results were presented at the i-COMP exchange event held in Leuven in September 2012.