What is the difference between apprenticeship and work-study programs?

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Apprenticeship and work-study programs allow students to combine studies at a training center with work in a company. But what is the difference between these two training methods? Whether you’re already in the workforce or still in the middle of your studies, this article explains the difference between apprenticeship and work-study programs.

What are apprenticeships and work-study programs?

In order to be able to distinguish between apprenticeship and work-study programs, it is important to understand their respective definitions.

As its name indicates, the alternating work-study program is a training system that alternates periods of theoretical courses in a business school, such as INSEEC, with periods of work in a professional environment.

In our training center , there are several work-study programs. You can choose from 10 specific specializations. The advantage of choosing this type of training lies in the fact that it will allow you to acquire skills while discovering the reality of the professional world.

The work-study program can be carried out under school status for which training periods in a professional environment are planned for pupils or students. The work-study program is carried out as a salaried employee. Generally, the expression “work-study training” is used when the work-study student signs a work contract with a company. An employee means a salary. The work-study student therefore receives a monthly salary and benefits from certain advantages such as paid vacations and salary protection, in return for the work done in the company.
Apprenticeship is a possible case of work-study. In fact, this is only one of the types of contracts you can choose if you want to do work-study training. A work-study contract can be done via a professionalization contract or an apprenticeship contract.

What is the difference between an apprenticeship contract and a professionalization contract?

The alternating rhythm in our business and management school can be carried out under 2 types of contracts: an apprenticeship contract and a professionalization contract in a company.

The apprenticeship contract offered at INSEEC

This type of contract aims above all at acquiring a certified title in the RNCP, recognized by the Ministry of Employment and Labor (from BAC to BAC +5). This is a continuous training program during which the apprentice alternates periods of theoretical training with periods of practical training in a company of which he or she is an employee, on a fixed-term or permanent contract.

The duration of the apprenticeship contract in our school is from 6 to 36 months maximum. Our apprenticeship contract is available to students under 30 years of age. Students receive a salary as well as a contribution to their training costs.
Students may be assisted by a mediator in the event of a conflict or financial problem. The apprenticeship contract at INSEEC can begin 3 months before the start of the training course, with the agreement of the OPCO (Skills Operator). As for the end date of the contract, the apprentice has up to 2 months after the end of the course (with the agreement of the CFA), while respecting the 25% minimum training time.

INSEEC’s professionalization contract

The professionalization contract also aims at the employability of students. The latter follow a 12 to 24 month continuous professional training course during which they have the status of employees in training, on fixed-term or permanent contracts.

In our business school, students can follow a qualifying course related to the position they hold in the company. Our professionalization contract is open to students under 26 years old. This type of contract allows for the recruitment of profiles over 26 years of age, provided that the candidates are registered as job seekers. In addition, the legal minimum wage for this type of contract is higher than for an apprenticeship.

At INSEEC, companies that take on students under a professionalization or apprenticeship contract in a company with fewer than 250 employees can claim government aid of 8,000 euros.
Now that you understand the different “apprenticeship” and “work-study” training schemes, choose the work-study program that suits you best in the largest network of business alumni in France: INSEEC. You will benefit from a completely flexible and customized course. You will find the eligibility requirements on our portal.

Updated 21 July 2022