The recent evolution of the provision of continued in‐service training in French companies is described and analysed. This evolution is placed in its legal, political and social context with emphasis being placed on the interaction between state action and managerial strategies. It is shown how an interplay of continued “social democratic” legislation and innovation in Human Resources Management policies has served to place training at the top of the economic and social agenda in France. Its role in contemporary French industrial relations is also considered.
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