On 21 of May 2019, the Ministry of education and the president of WorldSkills Luxembourg launched ‘Skills United’, a new joint campaign promoting vocational training and skills competitions in trades and professions in Luxembourg.
On June 19, 2019, the Chamber of Deputies voted to amend the labour code and the Law Reforming Vocational Training (2008). The amended law entered into force on July 12 2019.
From school year 2018/19, five secondary schools have been offering a new technician programme in smart technologies
The beginning of 2019 brought a new project Sprong an D’Léier, which addresses young people who after the school year has started (after 1 November of each school year), are without any apprenticeship contract or are not satisfied by their choice of profession. The objective is to help such young people to find an apprenticeship contract for the following school year.
The current digitalisation and automation process taking place across business sectors has a major impact on skills and competences required on the labour market, and affects companies and trades to various degrees. In response, the Digital skills bridge pilot project was launched in May 2018, targeting employees whose positions are changing or are at risk due to the digital transformation. This preventive and proactive project anticipates the changes introduced by digital transformation and allows both companies and employees to adapt to this new environment.
Cross-border apprenticeship is a concrete example of the European principle of free circulation, which opens up new chances and prospects for young people to broaden their professional and educational horizon, while helping to fight skill shortages. Luxembourg, France and Germany have recently been reinforcing cross-border apprenticeship by concluding bilateral agreements.
In 2018, The Ministry of Education, Children and Youth has launched Mengschoul, a platform aiming to help young people to find the right secondary programme and school to continue their education. Diversification of the school offer is a main priority of educational policies in Luxembourg. Recent reform offers growing autonomy to schools to push this diversification and to support school innovation efforts. With this development pupils have a larger choice of diverse secondary programmes, making their choice of the right programme and school more challenging while delivering the support provided in this platform.
The Chamber of Trades and the Chamber of Employees have adapted Basic-check to the Luxembourgish context and are providing it free of charge to pupils from the fifth grade of general secondary education (corresponds to the ninth year of secondary education). The check examines pupils’ knowledge and aptitudes, helping them to set up a competence profile which helps their decision-making in respect of apprenticeship training.
In mid-2017, a new law was adopted foreseeing that each secondary school would develop its own guidance approach. Although national targets will be defined, secondary schools can now choose autonomously the best guidance practices, taking into account their learner populations and allowing students to make informed decisions with a view to their choice of training.