Groups dealing with continuing training reforms: the case of Veolia Environment
The French Law of May 2004, wich introduced new tools for managing lifelong learning, has had considerable impact on firms, which are the main players in the vocational training field. Although some firms have responded rather passively to the new legal requirements, others have decided to take a more aggressive approach to their application. This is the case of the French group called Veolia Environment, which immediately signed an agreement in October 2004 on "the principles governing the development of competences and occupational advancement" with the relevant trade union organizations. However, the implementation of this agreement, which places much of the onus for vocational training on managers and staff representatives, is not likely to be an easy task in this group, which is characterized by the complexity of its structure.