Training and Employment

Vocational training at french firms : A reflex or a strategy ?

Publié le 1 octobre 2005

Vocational training at french firms : A reflex or a strategy ?

Renaud Descamps

  • Training and Employment n°64
  • octobre 2005

ENTREPRISE, FORMATION PROFESSIONNELLE EN ENTREPRISE, GESTION PREVISIONNELLE, FRANCE

Two different managerial approaches can induce firms to provide their staff with vocational training. In the first case, competences are an integral part of the firm's overall strategy and their management is carefully planned in advance. The second approach is a more adaptive one: in this case, vocational training corresponds to a specific response to the changes undergone by the firm. Although vocational training does not seem to be usually part of companies' formal strategic repertoire, this does not mean that firms are set in their ways, since they adapt the competences of their employees to ongoing structural changes. The advent of novel processes and products and the introduction of quality assurance procedures favour recourse to continuing vocational training.

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