French Centre for Research on Education, Training and Employment (Céreq) is a public body under the joint supervision of the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Labour.


Created in the early 1970s, the French Centre for Research on Education, Training and Employment (Céreq) is devoted to research on workforce employability and the evolution of professions and certifications. As a public expertise centre working for the benefit of key stakeholders in the fields of vocational training and employment development, Céreq provides research, statistics and policy implementation support. It also provides expertise and guidance for clarification of training policy options at the regional, national or international levels.


Areas of expertise

The Centre's areas of expertise have progressively expanded to include all aspects of initial and continuing vocational education and training, i.e. workforce mobility, lifelong learning and skills development, assessment of state-funded employment assistance programmes, monitoring of changes in training requirements, and analysis of key player roles in vocational education and training.



The Centre is headed by Florence Lefresne. The Board of Administration is chaired by Florence Cordier and composed of staff members, highly qualified individuals and representatives from social partners, ministries and public agencies. A Scientific Committee chaired by Eric Verdier is in charge of evaluating the scientific consistency of services provided.



Our team includes 102 staff members, most of whom are research staff working at Céreq (three research units) and partner network centres. Our 2018 budget was approximately 8.7 million €.


Private and public partners

Céreq works under the joint supervision of the Ministry of National Educationand the Ministry of Labour, but also conducts research for other ministries, particularly Agriculture and Sports. Many of our projects are carried out in partnership with regional and local authorities, foreign counterparts and other international organisations. Additional research is conducted for or in collaboration with private and public institutions, branch-level social partners, and employer and worker unions.

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