Who has been able to train since the Covid?

Office notebook. During the health crisis, training continues, but not for everyone. This is pointed out by the Center for Studies and Research on Qualifications (Céreq), which is preparing a major report on the impact of the Covid on vocational training, coordinated by Ekaterina Melnik-Olive. The titled study “Impact of the health crisis on mobility, projects, professional aspirations, skills and work” was conducted from March 2020 to May 2021 and addresses three components: “access to training”, “adaptation careers during the crisis ”and“ the evolution of professional aspirations ”.

The figures taken from the first part, which have just been sent to the Ministry of Labor and should soon be published, indicate that the means deployed to deal with the exceptional situation of generalized teleworking and massive partial unemployment have not reduced the costs. inequalities in access to training.

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The employees who were trained during the Covid tend to be graduates: at 52% of bac + 2/3/4 level, against only 29% for those without a diploma; 48% employed in intermediate professions against 33% for manual workers; and mostly (56%) in large companies (2,000 and more) against around a quarter in companies with 10 to 49 employees.


During the health crisis, the FNE-Training system was extended to allow companies affected by the partial activity to train their employees. In April 2020, the Ministry of Labor announced a massive availability of online educational resources to promote distance training.

However, 60% of employees monitored by Céreq did not receive any training during the crisis, and aid did not allow those left behind in vocational training to access it. “People who had not been trained from 2014 to 2019 are mostly found among those who did not have the opportunity to train during the crisis”, indicates the Céreq. But not necessarily for the same reasons.

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The Covid disorder has cast another shadow over the already very hazy vocational training circuit. More than the means, actually deployed, it is the information, the organization and the context of the health crisis that the employees have designated as obstacles to training during this period. Many training proposals or requests were unsuccessful. More for women (37%) than for men (32%); and more for qualified employees (37% of bac + 5, 41% of bac + 2) than for non-graduates (28%).

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