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Return to Employment Assistance Training (Aref)

Verified 01 July 2021 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Upgrading of unemployment insurance as of 1 July 2022

Published on 1 July 2022

The Board of Directors of Unédic has decided to increase unemployment benefits by 2.9% as of 1er July 2022.

This page will be updated as soon as the amending text is published in the Official Journal.

If you are taking training validated by Pôle emploi, you can benefit during this training from the help to return to the job training (Aref).

You can receive the return to work training assistance (RJA) if you meet the following 3 conditions:


if you do not touch (or no longer) the ARE on the day of registration in training, you can benefit, under certain conditions, from pôle emploi Training Compensation (RFPE).

The gross amount of the Aref is equal to the gross amount of the AER you receive.

However, the contributions levied on the gross amounts of the Aref and the ARE are not the same.

The Aref is exempt from generalized social contribution (CSG) and Social Debt Repayment Contribution (CRDS). Only participation for the financing of the supplementary pension shall be deducted from the amount of the Aref.

The net amount of Aref may not be less than €21.78 per day.

Like the ARE, the Aref is taxable.

The Aref is paid every month, with a due date (for example, early November for the October allocation).

The duration of payment of the Aref may not exceed the duration of the rights remaining to the ARE.

If the duration of your training exceeds the duration of your ARE rights, you can benefit under certain conditions from the end of training (R2F).

If you do not qualify for R2F, you can continue the training until the end of the training by maintaining the status of trainee of the unpaid vocational training.