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National reforms in vocational education and training and adult learning


14.Ongoing reforms and policy developments

14.3National reforms in vocational education and training and adult learning

Last update: 15 September 2022


New vocational training courses

In May 2022, the minister of Education, Children and Youth presented the four new vocational training courses for the 2022/23 academic year:

  • DAP Education: The training in the German-speaking regime provided in 12 schools, allows graduates to work in child or youth care facilities, namely in crèches, relay houses and school homes. From the school year 2023/24, the training will also be offered in the French-speaking regime, but the command of the Luxembourg language being required.
  • DAP Electro-Technologies: This vocational diploma, offered in 7 high schools, focuses on renewable energy and electromobility. In addition, the training is oriented towards companies active in the fields of communication, automation and industrial electrical installations.
  • DAP Horticulture in Landscaping: The horticulture course can be taken by holders of a DAP in landscape gardening or another DAP in the "green" sector. This new training enables graduates to design tomorrow's green spaces, plan gardens and plantations by using digital tools.
  • DAP Tourism and Communication: The new diploma allows graduates to work with private operators (airlines, travel agencies, tour operators), whether national, international or public, in Luxembourg or abroad.


Launch of the Digital Learning Hub

The opening of the Digital Learning Hub (DLH) in September 2022 marked a new stage in the mastery of digital technologies. In a society that is becoming increasingly digital, learning digital tools is essential to meet the growing demand of the job market.

The DLH's offer is part of the ministry of Education, Children and Youth's continuing professional education programme and is characterised by a high degree of flexibility to accommodate training in the field of IT (coding, cybersecurity, blockchain, design thinking), and by an alternative pedagogy compared to a traditional school.



Diversification of VET initial training offer

The ministry of Education, Children and Youth has announced early April that from the start of the new school year by September 2021 new opportunities will be opened in initial vocational training. This means that several courses will be updated, the offer will be expanded and there will be a linguistic diversification of the courses.
The development of the educational offer is a key action lever in Luxembourg's national education policy. It is based on the needs expressed by the economic world as well as on the variety of students' profiles.

The new offers include new professional outlooks:

  • e-commerce
  • Agricultural worker
  • Mecatronician in agriculture and civil engineering
  • French-speaking mecatronician
  • Smart buildings & Energies
  • Smart technologies.

For more details and information:

  • (e-commerce / mecatronician in agriculture and civil engineering / agricultural worker / French-speaking mecatronician / Smart buildings & Energies)
  • (smart technologies)
  • (lycées' geographical location).



Financial support for companies training apprentices

The general measures taken by the government in the education sector (see subchapter 14.2) to curb the Covid-19 pandemic also concern vocational education and training (VET) establishments.

Moreover, a financial support for apprenticeships was decided on 18 August 2020 in order to motivate enterprises to keep their apprentices and/or conclude new apprenticeship contracts in spite of the economic difficulties entailed by the crisis.

The aim of this measure is to support professional learning in companies such as to meet future needs of skilled workforce.

The financial support may be awarded in the form of a single lump sum between € 1 500 and € 5 000 per contract, depending on criteria such as the number of apprenticeship contracts in the company, the circumstances in which they were concluded, etc.

More details on amounts, eligibility conditions and obtention procedure, are included in the press release (PDF) from the Education ministry's VET department.