Collective transitions: the career retraining path of the recovery plan

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Collective Transitions or TRANSCO is a vocational retraining scheme set up by the State. This system is worked on in collaboration with the social partners. Thus, it seeks to support companies in difficulty and to preserve the employment of their employees. Relocation issue; digital, energy and ecological transition; Redesigning the business model need rare skills… The problems of companies in times of crisis are exacerbated. Consistent with the Industry Territories program and its “rebound pack”, Transitions Collectives joins the recovery plan to deal with the economic crisis.

Collective Transitions, Job Preservation and Training in Promising Trades

In order to preserve employment, the TRANSCO scheme is currently in the process of identifying the occupations concerned. Thus, it seeks to identify the promising trades in the territory,as well as the threatened trades. By framing the retraining paths,the state seeks to avoid economic layoffs, on the one hand; and train employees in new trades and key skills,on the other hand. It is also an opportunity to facilitate professional mobility.

Thus, it offers employees concerned to take a certified training or a VAE towards a promising trade. This is either to stay in his current company or to be recruited to another company in the territory. All this, without unemployment and without losing his salary during the training period.

To launch this scheme and support the companies participating in the programme, the State dedicates substantial resources. It thus adds an envelope of 500 million euros (FNE-Formation) to the 900 million euros already mobilized in France Relance on the retraining of employees. In addition, it proposes exemptions from social contributions on earnings from the 12th to the 24th month for mobility and reclassification leave.

As Transco is only in the implementation phase, these resources can be adjusted according to actual needs on the ground.

Currently, the state is working to establish platforms for professional transitions. Created as a result of a call for expressions of interest, they aim to connect companies with interested employees with companies with recruitment needs.

Pilot territories for the TRANSCO device

Following the closed applications at the end of December, the call for expressions of interest received about 100 responses, 42 of which were from industrial territories. The files are being reviewed to define the first TRANSCO pilot territories. According to Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne, the scheme could officially begin in February.

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Transco, to start in February 2021.

These pilot territories mobilize a complex of significant players. Employment and training organizations, state services, regions, intercommunities, companies… Thus, an entire ecosystem is organized to bring the Transitions Collectives device to life.

The role of pilot territories in each the employment pool will include identifying locally promising occupations; Identify companies in difficulty and those looking for new profiles inform employees about the scheme and the trades involved; study their skills needs with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) …

Companies, the conditions for access to the Collective Transitions scheme

First of all, companies already invested in a collective conventional break-up or job safeguard plan cannot benefit from Transco for the jobs concerned.

Overall then, all other companies should be able to use the Collective Transitions scheme. This therefore applies to any company with vulnerable jobs, identified in a collective agreement of the type GEPP (management of jobs and career paths), as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs and SMEs outside GEPP agreements). They must then submit their own specific collective agreement to the Dirrecte and consult the ETS if necessary.

To implement this system, employers can count on the help of different agencies. HR diagnosis, collective agreement, identification of the trades involved… For this, they can contact the OPCO, but also the Dirrecte for companies with less than 250 employees. In New Aquitaine,the region also offers its help through its AEI scheme, which provides individual support to businesses.

The cost of using this device is not intended to weigh on companies. So they can apply forfinancial assistance from Transitions Pro. These funds correspond to the amount invested by the State in FNE-Formation.

This aid helps to finance both retraining projects, training, as well as the salaries of accompanied employees. It is divided into three segments depending on the size of the company. As a result, Transitions Pro pays 100% of the costs for companies with fewer than 300 employees; 75% for those with 300 to 1000 employees; 40% more than 1000 employees.

Good to know, however, wages continue to be paid by the employer. Transitions Pro refunds them within one month. The percentage of expenses not covered by Transitions Pro remains the responsibility of the employer and the possible company hosting the employee.

The retraining via Transco, a voluntary approach for the employee

Following the identification of thethreatened trades,the company must publish the list in the collective agreement and inform the employees concerned about the Transitions Collectives route.

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On a voluntary basis, employees can then position themselves on training for a retraining in a promising occupation within the employment pool.

To be eligible, the employee must be in CDI, CDD or acting and justify an employee activity of at least 24 months, necessarily consecutive.

In fact, the Transco beneficiary continues to be an employee of his company throughout his career retraining. In addition, his training is supported by his company’s Skills Development Plan and the public aid offered to companies. His professional training account remains intact. It can also count on New Aquitaine’s aid for project leaders, for example.

Upon obtaining his certifying training, the employee can either stay in the company, at his position or to a new correspondent for his new skills; or join a new company.

At present, the Transitions Collectives scheme is not yet active. Indeed, the regional prefect and the CREFOP still know how to draw up a list of fragile occupations. Once known, the first conversion courses can take place quickly.


“CollectiveTransitions (Transco)“, Cap Métiers Nouvelle-Aquitaine, January 2021

“CollectiveTransitions: Retraining Paths,”Ministry of Labour, January 2021

“Deploymentof the “Collective Transitions” scheme: launch of a call for expressions of interest to identify the first pilot territories before the end of the year”,Ministry of Labour, November 2020

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