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in the jungle of English lessons

Esma Chaïb (34) had a very good command of English in high school. However, she has lost a lot in the ten years she has lived in France. “I, who love contact, now feel a real block to speak, a lack of vocabulary”, he regrets. In 2021, she therefore decided to sign up for training at My English School in the scope of two lessons a week for three months.

According to the Caisse des dépôts, 18% of training requests verified in 2021 on the Personal Training Account (CPF) platform related to learning modern languages, i.e. a total of 380,358 files. Recording! They are in the top 3 most bought formations. Certification courses in English predominate, especially Toeic (Test of English for International Communication), which itself was the subject of 82,539 files in 2021, which is almost twice as many as in 2020.

With the implementation of the Professional Future Act, which was announced in September 2018, many private pharmacies rushed into the breach. “Before you could convert your CPF hours into euros and get the funding, you had to go through the skill operators (Opco), which could take three to six months.”, recalls Déborah Guillotin, president of Lyon-based My English School. By the time the training was completed and payment was made by Opcos, training organizations could wait up to two years for a refund.

Free benefits for using CPF

Since the implementation of the “direct purchase route” on the Moncompteformation platform in November 2019, they receive a 25% deposit within thirty days of the start of the training and the balance within thirty days of its conclusion. It is therefore not necessary to have cash two years in advance. “Since there were very few controls in the beginning, many new players appeared in the market, not always very serious ones,” says Guillaume le Dieu de Ville, co-founder of Lingueo. Some organizations require influencers who offer a benefit to their social media subscribers “gifts” – computers, tablets – at reduced prices for any CPF funded training.

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Others go much further. Dominique Dirand, a 74-year-old doctor who is still active, paid the price. “A month and a half ago, a very nice man called me on my mobile to tell me about my training rights.” he says. “Having never been to the new Moncompteformation site, I gladly accepted the help she offered. » Unsuspecting, Dominique gives him her social security number. Without really realizing it, he is automatically enrolled in a nine-hour long-distance English course—a program he never completed. All for 1900 euros, taken from his CPF. When Dominique noticed the fraud, he managed to cancel the registration. But you may not have noticed it very well.

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