Support companies and their employees whose activity will be radically transformed by major technological change towards a new organisation, new functions and jobs.

Anticipate Change

The digitisation and automation currently happening across all industries in Luxembourg, as well as at the global scale, is a disruptive process impacting organisations, jobs and competencies with a magnitude and complexity never before seen.

This paradigm shift requires a new multi-stakeholder and demand driven approach, a common vision, and scalable tools towards new models that better support skills development.

The Luxembourg Digital Skills Bridge programme aims to develop a common national strategy and support mechanism to aid in the future skills development of the national workforce and assist companies’ in their response to the digital transformation of their businesses.

Luxembourg Digital Skills Bridge Objectives

Luxembourg Digital Skills Bridge aims to provide technical and financial assistance to upskill employees in companies facing major technological disruption. Skills Bridge will help you invest in the future of your employees and business by developing the competencies of your employees so as to better anticipate and adapt your organisation to emerging technologies.

Raise awareness and support companies whose business activities have or will be significantly transformed by digital disruption.

Coach and upskill employees – whose jobs will be impacted by the digitalisation – and advise them on new placement opportunities (internal or external mobility).

Achieve a 65% internal mobility rate for pilot project participants.

Demonstrate the value of a proactive and preventive upskilling approach for companies, employees and society.

Develop an ecosystem of relevant assessment and upskilling solutions.

What’s in it for me?

Employees

The advantages for the employee are multiple:

  • Comprehensive assessment of competencies, motivation sources and interests;
  • Research and explanation of new potential jobs (internal or external) related to the results of the individual assessment;
  • Individual guidance through the upskilling process;
  • Acquisition of new professional skills, either transversal, digital and/or industry-related, thanks to tailored trainings selected to fit the requirements of the new identified position;
  • Quality assurance of the trainings selected (recognised certifications);
  • Secured transition and onboarding into new position.

Participating Companies

The advantages for the companies are the following:

  • Competitiveness and innovation;
  • Access to newly qualified staff able to respond to the new challenges posed by the digital transformation;
  • Positive image both external (social innovation) and internal (positive impact on internal working climate);

More specifically, for the participating company

  • Proactive response to the impact the introduction of new technologies will have on workforce planning;
  • Methodological and technical expert assistance throughout the upskilling journey;
  • Better understanding/overview of the skills, motivations and interests of the employees;
  • Promote the company’s existing training services;
  • Inclusion of the employees into the transformation process;
  • Retention of know-how and experience within the company.

How does it work?

Step 1

General application of the company

  • The participating company informs its staff delegation of its intent to participate in the Skills Bridge programme and discusses this option with the staff delegation;
  • It prepares and submits its general application to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy which will proceed with the analysis of the applications. The results of the analysis will be submitted to the “Comité de conjoncture” for validation;
  • The participating company together with its staff delegation will be notified of their eligibility by the Ministry of Labor, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy.

Step 2

Elaboration of the skills development plan

  • The participating company prepares its skills development plan following a workforce planning exercise in order to identify the jobs at risk due to digital transformation and elaborate the competence profiles for future jobs;
  • It submits its skills development plan for homologation to the Ministry;
  • The Minister decides upon the homologation based on the validation by the “Comité de conjoncture”;
  • The company, together with its staff delegation, are informed about the homologation decision by the Ministry.

Step 3

Implementation of the skills development plan

  • Following the homologation of the company’s skills development plan by the Minister, the company launches the set-up of the individual skills development plan of each impacted employee.

Step 4

Skills development

  • Following the employee’s successful completion of the trainings, he/she wil receive a certificate. He/she is supported by an individual advisor throughout the upskilling process up to the onboarding into the new position.

Step 5

Onboarding

Internal Mobility

  • Supported by his/her personal advisor, the employee prepares his/her entry into the new position.

External Mobility

  • Supported by his/her personal advisor, the employee prepares his/her entry into the new position at the welcoming company, either directly under a new employment contract or through the mechanism of the “prêt temporaire de main d’oeuvre” which facilitates workforce mobility between companies.

How can your company participate?

As a company I can:
  • Participate in the Skills Bridge programme as a participating company desiring to benefit from the technical and financial assistance offered to update my workforce strategy.
  • Participate to the Skills Bridge programme as a welcoming company looking for new employees.

Participating company

The participating company wishes to enter into the Skills Bridge programme due to the digital transformation of its business which requires the upskilling (further training) of its employees.

Call for application closed

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Welcoming company

The welcoming company wishes to enter into the Skills Bridge programme due to a need for newly trained and skilled employees.

Call for Application open

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Skills Bridge governance

The pilot project will take place under the current legislative framework. Its governance will be ensured by the “Comité de conjoncture”, which is a tripartite official body gathering government representatives from the administrations directly involved in the project, representatives of employer associations and trade unions benefitting from national representation. The “Comité de conjoncture” is co-chaired by Minister of Labour, Employment and the social and solidarity economy Nicolas Schmit and State Secretary for Economy Francine Closener.