Whether you're looking to retrain or just pick up an additional skill, there's hundreds of courses available in the Grand Duchy.

Lifelong learning is about recognising that, no matter your age or current circumstances, there's always something new to learn. The pursuit of knowledge - whether for it's own sake or to access jobs or opportunities - can enhance personal development, self-confidence, and employability.

During the coronavirus pandemic, in-person training options may be limited and some courses have been cancelled. Check with the provider for the latest situation.

What are the options?

Lifelong-learning.lu 

This portal offers access to over 280 training providers and over 10,000 courses across 62 broad areas. From agriculture to communication, crafts to hospitality, languages, finance, and more, the portal will help you find the course which is right for you.

The portal is an initiative of the National Institute for the Development of Continuing Vocational Training (INFPC) and includes a wealth of support and guidance in English. It aims to provide access to those looking to gain new skills in their jobs, access work, develop their own business, find a new direction, or seek stimulation and opportunities during a break from work or retirement.

A wide range of course types are on offer, including: digital learning, evening classes, seminars and weekend classes, full-time or part-time options. The portal also links to opportunities for gaining further qualifications, such as masters degrees and vocational diplomas.

Once you select a broad area, the search tool has additional filters so you can narrow down by language, duration, course type, price and more.

Luxembourg Lifelong Learning Centre

LLLC is run by the Chamber of Employees, one of five professional chambers in Luxembourg. Its focus is therefore particularly on personal and professional development in the workplace.

It has a variety of night school classes in English, including IT essentials, financial analysis, accounting and project management. It also offers a number of English-language seminars on more specialist topics, such as Introduction to Blockchain, Conscious Leader Training, Python for Data Science, and The Scrum Framework.

House of Training

Created in 2015 by the Chamber of Commerce and Association of Banks and Bankers, Luxembourg, House of Training (site in French) aims to advance professional training for individuals and business leaders.

The training offer is therefore focused on industry. They offer over 300 courses in English, in areas such as banking, insurance, accounting, cybersecurity, law, and communication in the workplace.

The Second Degree

With an emphasis on creative pursuits, The Second Degree offers courses in English over eight-week periods, typically for two hours per week. Courses run over three terms (September to December, January to March, April to June).

Courses currently running include outdoor photography, interior design, and creative writing. The provider has access to classroom facilities at St George's International School in Hamm.

Sector-specific

Luxembourg Chamber of Trades offers sectoral training in areas such as food, fashion, construction and crafts. Courses tend to be in Luxembourgish, French or German.

Luxembourg School of Business offers a range of executive options for those in industry, including an Emerging Leaders programme, a Weekend MBA and online-specific courses such as Leading High-Performance Virtual Teams.

The Building Sector Training Institute (IFSB) has over 850 courses, mainly in French or German. The topics include construction and sustainable construction, machinery, occupational health and safety, and construction sector management.

How much will it cost?

The price of courses varies widely depending on the provider, sector, and course duration. However, help is available to meet at least some of the cost.

For a start, private sector companies can obtain training support from the government worth up to 15% of the cost of training. Co-funding applications are made via INFPC.

Professional development training is also tax deductible when paid for by employees. This includes course fees as well as materials purchased such as textbooks.

If studying for a higher education qualification, including vocational diplomas, an application can be made for a grant and loan. Grant amounts start at 1,050 euros with uplifts available depending on travel needs and household income. Student loans of up to 3,250 euros are also available. Use the simulator here to see what you could get.

If you're a job-seeker, you may be eligible for support for vocational training. This applies irrespective of whether you are receiving unemployment benefit. The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy (ADEM) will reimburse up to 75% of the course cost, although the initial outlay must be paid upfront. The remaining 25% can be reclaimed if you're successful in finding employment within three months of finishing the training.

Can I take time off work for a course?

You can take up to 80 days paid training leave over the course of your career. Applications must be sent in two months prior to the start of the leave, and must be supported by your employer. The leave is also available for the self-employed. Apply via guichet.lu.

If you're a private-sector employee with at least two years of service with your employer, you can also request unpaid training leave. Between one and six months of leave can be taken at any one time, and up to two years in total per employer. For the duration of the leave, your employment contract is suspended, meaning the employer must offer a similar role on your return. You must write to your employer requesting the leave, specifying:

  • The type of training course
  • The course length
  • The training provider
  • The period of leave sought, along with a note stipulating that no response from your employer within 30 days will be deemed an automatic acceptance of the request.