Apprenticeship is a work-study program that combines studies and practical work experience in a company, allowing students to prepare a degree while working for a company. Popular with both young people and employers, apprenticeship has become a winning combination for obtaining a degree up to 5 years of higher education. It is also a way to quickly enter the workforce through a 1ᵉʳ skilled job.

Throughout the year, the apprentice alternates periods of classes at the university and periods of work in the company, according to a schedule defined at the beginning by the training center and the company. They are paid according to their age and year of study and benefit from various financial aid options.

This scheme is available to young people under 30 years of age, on the day the contract is signed.

Why choose apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship training allows students to have a first professional experience and to discover the targeted profession before the end of their schooling. More than an internship, an apprenticeship is considered a real job and allows for total immersion in the life of a company. It is also an opportunity to enrich your network.

Having 1 or 3 years of professional experience at the end of the training is also a real asset to be noticed by future employers. And it is not uncommon for companies to recruit their apprentices at the end of their apprenticeship contract.

Which diplomas are available as apprenticeships?

All levels of higher education diplomas are now accessible to apprenticeship: BUT, Licence Pro, Licence, Master, National Diploma, Engineering Diploma.

At the UM, more than 250 training courses are already open to apprenticeship and new courses are opened every year. To find a course in the field you are looking for, consult the UM's apprenticeship offer.

What status and what missions?

The apprentice at the university benefits from a double status of student and employee. They carry out two activities at the same time and alternate periods of training at the university and work in the company, according to a rhythm that can vary from a few days to several weeks, depending on the educational requirements of the training and the needs of the company.

His or her assignments in the company are validated by the teaching team to ensure that they are in line with the training. This allows the student to directly confront the theoretical notions seen in class with concrete situations encountered in the field.

What kind of compensation and benefits?

The apprentice is an employee of the company to which he or she is bound by an apprenticeship contract. They benefit from the social legislation applicable to employees and receive a minimum salary, calculated according to their age and seniority. The years of apprenticeship are counted as full years for retirement.

The student-apprentice is exempt:

  • registration fees (paid by the CFA);
  • of the student social security fees (he depends on the social security as an employee).

It benefits :

  • a medical examination for the hiring as an employee ;
  • additional financial aid - upon request (driving license, transportation, housing, ....);
  • the same rights as the company's employees.

On the other hand:

  • Apprentices are not exempt from the CVEC (Contribution à la Vie Etudiante et Campus): 95€.
  • The payment of scholarships based on social criteria is suspended during the apprenticeship contract.

For more information, please visit the Apprenticeship Contract section on the service.public.fr website.

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