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Apprenticeship, studying while working

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Apprenticeship is a training period when you share your time between a school and a company. It is an open door to working life and a first step towards autonomy. There are two types of contracts: make sure you choose the right one.


  • If you are a national from an EU country, a European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland: you do not need a work permit if you want to sign an apprenticeship contract in France. All you will need is your ID card or passport.
  • If you are not a national from an EU country: you can make an apprenticeship for a set period of time if your resident card or student long term visa gives you the right to work. You must apply for a temporary work permit with the service for foreign workers or from Direccte.

Apprenticeship and professionalization contracts

Apprenticeship contract

  • For who? Young people from 16 to 25
  • Aim: To get a qualification (all levels)
  • Where: You will follow your training at an apprentice training centre called "CFA" and work in a private or public company
  • How long: From 1 to 3 years, depending on the training and the level of qualification. You can sign a temporary or a permanent apprenticeship contract.
  • Wage: From 25% to 78% of the minimum wage (SMIC) according to your age and the training year you are in
  • Follow-up: Each apprentice shall be followed by an apprentice master
  • Training cost: Free of charge


Professionalization contract

  • For who? Young people from 16 to 25 and unemployed people who are more than 26
  • Aim: To improve professional inclusion and return-to-work by giving access to a qualification
  • Where: Certified continuous vocational training centre. The employee cannot work for the State, local authorities and public administration institutions
  • How long: From 6 to 24 months maximum depending on the employee's situation. The professionalization contract can be temporary or permanent
  • Wage: From 55% to 85% of the minimum wage (SMIC) according to your age and your qualification level
  • Follow-up: Each employee shall be followed by a tutor
  • Training cost: Free of charge

If you don't know which contract to choose, make your decision once you know which training and which company match your professional project best.


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Paskelbta: K, 17/03/2016 - 11:48

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