When can a work-study contract start?

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The work-study contract combines theory in a training center and practice in a company. It allows the student to immerse himself in the life of a company and to acquire professional experience. The work-study program involves several steps that are spread out over the year. À When can you start a work-study contract? This detailed schedule will allow you to arrange your program and avoid the rush to contract at the last minute.

January: find out about work-study programs

Following a work-study program requires a good organization. In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, it is essential to be informed. First of all, find out what work-study programs are and what conditions must be met. Then, look for the different schools in your area. INSEEC has several campuses in France. Sort out the options available to you, depending on the job you want to do.

If you don’t have a clear idea of the job you want, you can choose based on your motivations. Are you a sociable person who wants to be in contact with the public? Do you want to work in an office or be on the move? Do you like to work alone or do you prefer to work in a team? In order to succeed in the work-study program, it is necessary to know the field of activity in which you wish to work.

February-March: attend open houses and forums on work-study contracts

From the end of January to the month of March, many fairs on work-study contracts are organized. Through these events, you can not only find the right specialized school for you, but also your future employer. Indeed, it is possible to apply on the spot. There are many places for this purpose. You will have the chance to apply for several offers. This will save you the hassle of going back and forth to companies.

In addition, some companies are recruiting early. In fact, according to the labor law, it is possible to start a contract 3 months before and 3 months after your training.

It is also the time needed to choose your establishment. To do this, you need to weigh the pros and cons of the offers. You must take into account several criteria, including: opportunities, costs, pace of work, location. There are two types of work-study programs : the apprenticeship contract and the professionalization contract. You must therefore remain attentive to the news of the various establishments. Some institutions also offer coaching. At INSEEC, we offer you a personalized follow-up.

April: prepare work-study applications

Once you have decided, it is time to submit your application to the training centers. Here, there are two preparations to make: the employer file and the training file. They should be prepared in parallel so that you are not caught short. It is advisable not to wait for the CFA’s answer to look for employers. You must be proactive in applying at forums or online.

If you are a high school graduate, you have until the beginning of April to make your choice on Parcoursup. However, some organizations recruit without going through Parcoursup. You can look at the Directory of work-study programs to help you in your search.

May: prepare for the work-study admission

From May onwards, the invitations for interviews and tests in the training centers and companies begin. In general, admission is finalized in June if you have found a host company. Once you have passed the company tests, it is time to sign the employment contract . Once this step is completed, you can finalize your registration in your training center . As mentioned earlier, you can start your work in a company before your training.

September – October: start work-study programs

Training often begins in September. Indeed, the work-study program is in parallel with the school calendar. Concerning the working hours, it depends on the training. For example, it could be two days in the company and two days in the classroom, or every other week. The schedules in the companies respect the work code. However, in some cases, contracts can be signed between the companies, the training center and the student. This contract will contain the terms and conditions to be followed during the work-study program.

October-December: find a work-study contract before the last minute

For those students who were not lucky enough to get a work contract in time, or who did not have time, there is a deadline. In fact, you have 3 months after the beginning of the training to start working in a company. After this period, without a successful contract, you will not be able to continue the training.

Updated 21 July 2022