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Training Leave - Youth Facilitator or Executive

Verified 06 May 2019 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

The employer may grant an employee, manager or youth worker leave of absence to train or improve in the supervision or animation of young people.

To qualify for training leave, you must:

  • be a coach or youth leader,
  • and be under 25.

However, an employee over the age of 25 may also benefit from this leave, on an exceptional basis, if he participates in a single higher training course for facilitators.

You must make the request to your employer by any means giving certain date (e-mail, mail with acknowledgement of receipt).

This document shall include the following information:

  • Date of training
  • Duration of training
  • Organization responsible for training.

It must reach the employer at least 30 days before the start of the training.

Your employer may refuse you leave if a number of employees are already entitled to leave at the establishment during the current year.


Number of employees in the establishment

Number of beneficiaries from which refusal is possible

Less than 50


50 to 99


100 to 199


200 to 499


500 to 999


1,000 to 1999


From 2000

1 additional beneficiary per additional 1,000 employees

The employer may also refuse leave if the employer considers that your absence is detrimental to the production and operation of the business after consulting the Social and Economic Committee..

His refusal must be justified and you must be notified within 8 days of receipt of your request.

Apart from these 2 cases (refusal to exceed the number of employees absent and reasons relating to the production and good functioning of the company), the employer is obliged to accept your leave request.

The duration of the leave is 6 business days per year. It can be taken in 1 or 2 times.

The days taken for this leave may be combined with leave for economic, social or trade union training up to 12 days per year.

Compensation shall not be maintained during the course of the training.

Upon return to the company, the employee must provide his employer with a certificate proving that he has actually completed the training.

This certificate shall be issued by the training body.