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France: Training and development

Original and updating author: Mark Carley

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  • Employers have certain legal obligations and employees have certain rights in respect of continuing vocational training. (See General)
  • All employees and jobseekers have a personal account entitling them to training. (See Personal training accounts)
  • Qualifying employees are entitled to take leave to pursue training aimed at improving their qualifications or changing career. (See Occupational transition project)
  • Qualifying employees are entitled, every two years, to a career-development interview with their employer. (See Career-development interviews and skills assessments)
  • Qualifying workers and unemployed people who have worked or performed voluntary work may apply for a qualification. (See Validation of acquired experience)
  • There are various rules regarding apprenticeship and "professionalisation" contracts. (See Apprenticeships and Professionalisation)
  • Students may undertake work placements with employers, and their placement contracts must contain certain information. (See Work placements)