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The Public Employment Office of Belgium (SOJC / State Office of Job Creation) is the institution at the national level which is entrusted with the design of unemployment insurance programs.  It replaces the former National Office of Job Placement and Unemployment (ONPC / Office national du placement et du chômage), which was founded in 1935. Its mission is:

-          to guarantee the substitution of income lost by involuntarily unemployed employees and self-employed persons through the implementation of unemployment insurance and solidarity principles in the European context;

-          to preserve the contractual relationship between employer and employee –  principally by means of the temporary unemployment system and an interruption of the person’s career path – and this by means of a financial rewards where applicable. The SOJC evaluates the efforts of an unemployed person to actively seek unemployment and enforce sanctions or the reduction of benefits if appropriate.


FOREM is involved with state employment administration of Wallonia.

VDAB is involved with the state employment administration of Flanders. This is the state institution which is entrusted with Dutch-speaking vocational training and professional  development in the Brussels region.

ADG is involved with the state employment administration of German-speaking communities.



BRUSSELS FORMATION is the state institution which is entrusted with French-speaking vocational education and professional development. Each year it places trainees in over 200 different forms of professional qualification training in Brussels. It is oriented  principally towards jobseekers, but also towards employees who wish to  make a career change, or companies which wish to provide training to their personnel. These training programs are free and cover numerous fields, among them building trades, in industry, for transportation and logistical facilities, for secretarial positions and accounting, in computer sciences and Information Technology, computer graphics and internet services, etc. In addition, language training should be mentioned, as well as French as a foreign language and other languages required for various professions. The duration of training programs varies between several weeks and up to  one year. More than two out of three jobseekers who are trained through BRUSSELS FORMATION find employment within the first year after completion of a program. Vocational education and training is the main mission of BRUSSELS FORMATION.






Synerjob was founded in 2007. It is a Belgian consortium of employment and training institutions. Synerjob was founded by Forem, VDAB, ACTIRIS, Bruxelles Formation and ADG. Through means of cooperation and the sharing of good practices, as well as ideas, these institutions have managed to tackle the problems of the various regional job markets in a more efficient manner. This platform has the task of sharing information among the partners about the various topics related to training, education and employment. The Synerjob platform monitors the implementation of the cooperation agreement for mobility between the regions, which fosters mobility in the Belgian employment market.


Since 1991 ACTIRIS has entered partnerships with the various actors in the job market, which are distributed among the 19 municipalities in the Brussels capital region. These agreements are targeted at socio-professional integration, the active search for employment and the inclusion of children of job-seekers. The partners also cooperate with public institutions in particular, support the creation of new jobs, as well as to prepare young people still in school for the work world.

ACTIRIS has developed expansive service offerings with over 150 partners from the public and private sectors. To maintain consistent policies, ACTIRIS and its partners are linked together over the RPE online network.

Among these partners are the offices of CPAS public institutions, which have the legal  entities, instituted at the municipal level and were introduced through the Law of 8. July 1978. CPAS has the mission of ensuring that persons and families receive the assistance they are entitled to from municipalities. Through CPAS, a certain amount of  social services and other assistance are made available. Among the broad spectrum of services and benefits offered are: financial grants, housing assistance, medical care, finding employment openings, debt counseling, psycho-social assistance, legal assistance, crisis counseling, and vouchers to foster participation in social and cultural life. In partnership with ACTIRIS and with the support from the European Social Fund, the CPAS offices assist eligible clients with integration or appropriate financial support so that these clients can, through a structured as well as individualized integration process, become integrated into the job market for the first time, or become reintegrated after being unemployed.

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