The guaranteed minimum income (revenu minimum guaranti - RMG) is aimed at persons and households whose income is below a certain threshold defined by law.
Integration allowance is one of the benefits provided for by the law on guaranteed minimum income.
In order to receive this allowance, applicants must participate in a professional integration measure.
One of the possible measures is a traineeship (practical training) in a business.
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All businesses established in Luxembourg who can improve the trainee's practical training, his professional qualifications as well as his physical and mental abilities in order to increase his chances of finding employment, can employ a trainee in the framework of a professional integration measure under the guaranteed minimum income scheme.
The traineeship is offered by the National Social Action Service to the applicant for the integration allowance if the professional integration measure foreseen in the integration contract is a traineeship.
Characteristics of the traineeship
The details of the traineeship are laid out in an agreement on the organisation of a professional integration measure, signed by the trainee, the training supervisor and the SNAS, and which is attached to the integration contract.
The weekly duration of work is set at 40 hours, unless legal provisions or the collective agreement in the business provides for less working hours.
The weekly duration of work may be reduced for persons have been partially exempted by the SNAS from a professional integration measure.
The trainee's absences are considered as working time, provided that:
- they are notified to the business beforehand in order for the trainee to respond to a job offer assigned by the national employment administration (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi - ADEM), or;
- they have been previously notified to the business in order for the trainee to present himself at ADEM's work placement office, or;
- they are due to an illness or accident, provided the trainee can present a medical certificate to his training supervisor from the first day of absence.
Duration of the traineeship
The training course can last up to 12 months.
The traineeship agreement can be renewed once for a maximum duration of 12 months, if agreed between the social worker in charge of the file, the trainee and the training supervisor. The maximum duration of the training course is 24 months within the same business.
The renewal of the training course within the same business is only possible if:
- the trainee has realistic prospects to be hired on a fixed-term or permanent employment contract, or;
- the training supervisor commits to hire the trainee as a priority if he is recruiting new staff.
The training supervisor and the National Social Action Service (SNAS) evaluate the possible hiring prospects together.
Compensation of the trainee
The trainee is not a salaried worker of the business. Thus, he benefits from an integration allowance in the amount of the social minimum wage paid by the National Solidarity Fund (Fonds national de solidarité - FNS), which also covers the employer's share of social security contributions.
The integration allowance can be increased by 20 % if the trainee can provide proof of professional qualifications at the moment of his admission to the training course.
Traineeships cannot be organised to replace an employee who remains tied to the employer by contract (e.g.: parental leave).
The trainee is subject to the working regulations in force within the business.
He also benefits from the legal provisions on:
- duration of work;
- days of leave and holidays;
- weekly rest;
- night work;
- safety at work;
- work of women, children and young people.
The working schedule and leave are managed by the training supervisor according to the procedures in place within the business.
Obligations of the trainee
The trainee must pass a medical examination upon hiring with the Multi-sector Occupational Health Service (Service de Santé au Travail Multisectoriel, STM).
The trainee cannot compromise the training course through his behaviour. He must provide work in good faith, in accordance with the business's rules and comply with safety measures on the workplace.
Obligations of the training supervisor
The training supervisor must provide appropriate supervision to the trainee, a work environment that enables the trainee to improve his practical training, professional qualifications, as well as his physical and mental abilities, in order to improve his chances of finding employment.
The training supervisor must immediately notify any unjustified absences to the SNAS.
The training supervisor must inform the SNAS in case of an accident on the workplace or a commuting accident.
A "monthly declaration" is sent to training supervisors who must return it to the SNAS within 8 days, confirm that the information contained is correct and state any issues that may have occurred.
The trainee works under the responsibility of the business in which the training course takes place.
The training supervisor must be available for regular evaluations throughout the whole period of the training course.
End of the traineeship
The training course ends automatically after its agreed duration, which is stated in the agreement signed by the 3 parties.
It also ends when the trainee is hired under a fixed-term or permanent employment contract in the business where the training course takes place or with another employer. In that case, the training course ends without a notice period, with effect on the day before the start of the employment contract.
The training course also ends when the right to the integration allowance is withdrawn due to the non-compliance with the integration contract, or when the trainee no longer meets the legal requirements to benefit from a scheme within the framework of the guaranteed minimum income. The National Social Action Service (Service national d'action sociale, SNAS) informs the business of the end of the training.
Early termination of the training course by one of the parties must be preceded by a pre-dismissal interview between the training supervisor and the trainee. A representative of the SNAS takes part in this interview.