What is “dual education”?
Hello guys, I believe that many of you have heard of the “alternance” or “dual education” system in France: a mechanism which allows you to work and study at the same time. However, many students do not know what it is and how it works. Now let’s look into the work-study contract derived by “Alternance” in France!
what is “Alternance”?
The work-study program can be associated with two types of employment contract:
-The apprenticeship contract
– The professionalization contract
“Alternance” or “Duel Education” is a personnel training mechanism run by French government, and its major characteristic is the organic combination of professional activities within a company and scholar experience. The interns are both students and employees of a company and companies will grant them allowances which generally represent 27 to 100% of the minimum wage.
The party or person concerned in an apprenticeship contract shall be at the age of 16 and up to 29 years old at the start of the contract (art. L6222-1 du Code du Travail).
The work-study training concerns both private and public service sectors such as industrial and commercial sectors, such as crafts, agriculture and fishing, etc.
The work-study program in France could be found in almost all specialties and different kinds of institutes. Generally, it is divided into two levels: secondary education and advanced education, which cover various national certificates of professional qualification diplomas.
The remuneration of a work-study program could be different depending on the type of contract. It also varies according to the age of the attendants and their educational background.
For an apprenticeship contract
For a professionalization contract
(Source : Wikipédia)
This dual training model can significantly reduce students’ financial burden. Students engaged in contract could benefit from stable incomes and the tuition fees paid by their companies. In addition, professional training offered by company makes it easier for them to pursue their carrierism in their current position. Indeed, the big companies such as Air France, EDF, TOTAL, have tendency to hire their apprentices.
For companies, the dual education system helps them to cultivate talents.
1 After signing an apprenticeship contract, students will undergo a long-term training in companies, which will impose certain restrictions on the future direction of their career.
2 Due to the popularity of alternance, it is extremely hard to compete with our candidates and find an apprenticeship, so that many French students cannot find their work-study program.
3 This training model forces students to shoulder pressure from both arduous professional life and academic courses.
How to find an apprenticeship
We can apply for the program on websites for jobs. After finding the right company, candidates could contact CFA learning center to receive it. Of course, we can also contact the learning center in advance for job search assistance.
Websites for an apprenticeship searching.
It is strongly recommended to make good use of the LinkedIn platform in your job searching. In order to start your apply, you need to manage your LinkedIn profile and complete your experiences. Because many HR will search your name when they look through your CV. In addition, LinkedIn can also expand your professional network.
Recruitment information on this site is also frequently updated , it is highly recommended!
It is a platform for student jobs and internships, not only for apprenticeship.
After reading this article, I believe everyone has knew something about the dual education system. Considering the difficulty to find a work-school program especially for foreign students, we would like to suggest everyone that finding an apprenticeship requires a long-term searching, and you need to be ready for at least three or four months’ job searching. If you decide to give a try, then hang in there to the last minute. Good luck!!!