- Access to finance
- Support for digitalisation
- Employment incentive
- Fostering innovation
- Fostering mobility
- Recognition of informal and non-formal training
Luxembourg Digital Skills Bridge
Luxembourg Digital Skills Bridge
The Luxembourg Digital Skills Bridge programme is a pilot project that supports all companies that are challenged by the emerging technologies and need to adapt their work process and workforce to the latest digitalisation trends and deal with skills mismatches.
The goal of the Luxembourg Digital Skills Bridge programme is to develop a broad national strategy and provide support mechanisms for the future skills development of the workforce and to assist businesses in their digital transformation. The project provides technical and financial support and aims to foster the modernisation of Luxembourgish businesses by upskilling employees in companies facing major technological disruption.
Among the benefits for participating companies are: analysis of the company's workforce skills, consultation about future development possibilities, introduction of upskilling programmes and plans, connection to specialists pools, competitiveness boost, positive social image and assistance.
Employees in the participating companies will gain: new skills, individual career development consultation, introduction to new job possibilities, career promotion.
There are two different ways of how companies take part in the project:
- As a participating company to benefit from the technical and financial assistance offered to update the existing workforce strategy.
- As a welcoming company looking for and employing new employees and trainees.
The Luxembourg Digital Skills Bridge programme is a pilot project.
- National funds
Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy
Public employment services
Luxembourg Public Employment Agency (Agence pour le développement de l’emploi, ADEM)
Employer or employee organisations
Company staff delegations are involved in the first stage when the company presents its intention to apply for the programme to the company staff delegation. Trade unions and employer associations are involved through the Conjuncture Committee where an application is approved or refused.
Conjuncture Commitee (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 benefiting from national representation
In 2018, the Luxembourg National Employment Agency (Agence pour le développement de l’emploi, ADEM) received the 'Talent Management Award' for its Luxembourg Digital Skills Bridge programme.
No evaluation has yet been disclosed by the Ministry. This brief list of strengths is based on the expert's view of the programme.
The programme clearly raises awareness that companies in Luxembourg increasingly deal with digital transformation. A vital positive feature of the programme is that both funding and thorough assistance are available throughout the programme. Social partners are involved through the Conjuncture Committee, which contributes to a broader appropriation of the measure. A further strength is that the programme can guide employees towards digital-related jobs and contributes by doing so to preserve know-how within the company. For the government, the programme is outstanding, as it provides insights into digital-related skills needs at the company level, how companies deal more generally with competences related to digitalisation, and an overview of how digital transformation processes impact the company level.
Again, as noted above, no evaluation has yet been disclosed by the Ministry. This brief list of weaknesses is based on the expert's view of the programme.
According to the annual report by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, 11 companies were given green light to benefit from the programme. This could point towards a low participation rate, but the potential motivations of companies for not participating (i.e. selection criteria, administrative burden) can only be identified by a thorough evaluation of the programme.