Faced with the difficulty of finding a job, a candidate naturally seeks to expand his CV, for example by enriching it with language skills. Knowing how to speak a second, or even a third or fourth language is an asset that is highly sought after by recruiters today. With the phenomenon of globalization and trade, knowledge of languages has become essential for entering the world of work. Apart from English, other languages such as Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or German are more and more in demand: it is possible to use your CPF to follow a course of your choice and optimize your chances of finding a job.
The importance of language skills in the world of work
In the current context of globalization, multilingual candidates have an undeniable advantage compared to their competitors. With equal skills, a candidate who masters one or more languages will be favored by companies over another who does not have such an asset. Indeed, having to collaborate with international partners, companies are looking for collaborators who can help them develop these partnerships and achieve their objectives.
Mastering a foreign language, therefore, increases the opportunities to find a job. It is a skill required in many sectors such as tourism, commerce, hotels, hospitality, banking, etc. It can also represent opportunities for work or international mobility for those who aspire to work abroad.
Finally, language skills also allow professional development. They promote dynamism and proactivity thanks to information monitoring. Mastering a foreign language allows you to learn about your sector of activity and know best practices.
The CPF to learn a language and optimize your job search
Replacing the Individual Right to Training (DIF) since January 1, 2015, the Personal Training Account (CPF) is a device created to secure the professional career of workers and maintain or increase their level of qualification. It allows its holder to benefit from hours of training that he can mobilize, to finance all or part of the training that he considers necessary to improve his qualification. For example, it is possible to use your CPF to learn English, Russian, Portuguese, computers, etc.
When is the CPF accessible?
The CPF is available from the age of 16 (or 15 for those who are on an apprenticeship contract) and ends when pension rights are liquidated. As a personal right to training, it can only be mobilized by its holder himself and is attached to the person. The hours earned remain unchanged, even if he changes employer or loses his job. However, as the account is not funded during the period of unemployment, the holder can use his hours, but to credit his account.
How to finance language training with the CPF?
The CPF can be mobilized by its holder when he wishes to follow a training course, but this must allow him to acquire recognized skills, such as certification, a qualification, or a diploma. It must also be included in the list of eligible training courses drawn up by social partners, regional councils, and professional branches to meet future economic needs.
To finance language training with the CPF, the employee or job seeker must first create their personal training account on the government site. Thanks to this account, he will be able to follow the evolution of his training hours from his entry into the professional world until his retirement. The purpose of this account is also to facilitate the training process.
Once the account has been created, all you have to do is select a training course, complete the training file and send it to the OPCA concerned. Beforehand, the account holder must contact a training center to obtain a quote.
The reform of the CPF and the My Account Training application
As part of the law for the freedom to choose one’s professional future, the Personal Training Account has undergone some modifications in its functioning. Among them, we cite the transition from the account in training hours to that in euros. Since January 2019, the CPF is no longer counted in hours but the amount of money.
The counting in training hours provided for an increase of 24 hours per full working year, in the limit of 120 hours, then 12 hours per year for 3 years, to reach the ceiling of 150 hours. From now on, the CPF credits are calculated in dollars s at the rate of 500 dollars per year for full-time employees and 800 dollars for unskilled workers. The ceiling is set at 5,000 dollars for the former and 8,000 dollars for the latter.
Besides, the training hours acquired under the DIF or the CPF will be not lost. They will be converted into dollars from 2019 knowing that each hour is equivalent to 15 dollars. Thus, a CPF balance of 100 hours will be converted to into1,500 dollars.
As a reminder, the management of the DIF was first carried out at the level of OPCAs and employers at the start. By setting up the moncompteformation.gouv.fr site and the application, the government wanted to simplify access to the right to training. To allow everyone to directly manage their CPF, the My Training Account application has been designed: usable on mobile terminals, it simplifies research and registration for training. It also provides tools to highlight the skills of each person.
Also, CPF holders can find out about the job offers available in their geographical area and which correspond to their profile. At the same time, they can learn about the training that improves their skills in these positions. Besides, there is the possibility to register directly for training via the My Training Account application. The latter therefore allows lighten the administrative procedures and avoids going through an intermediary.