They are not of the same age, nor do they follow the same curriculum on the benches of the Professional High School at the Hotel Golf. However, Julien Legras, 19, in the final trade of the baccalaureate pro, and Guillaume Merlino, 20, in the final general business of the baccalaureate, made the same choice: to become apprentices while continuing their studies. Back to school wasn’t just academic for these two high school students. Just like their fellow trainees, divided between co-ed classes or in small groups in four trainee training units opened in high school after market studies in conjunction with the Academy’s CFA (CAP directing, Bac pro public works, BTS public works, and Bac pro restaurant), they were Resume work in the company.
Guillaume Merlino rotates two weeks a month in class in an apprentice training unit, and two more at the A57 expansion site, working on behalf of NGE, based in Tarascon. The same for Julien Legros, who is incorporated into a mixed class and employed by Hygiène Discount, based between Cuers and Puget-Ville.
In addition to the salary interest (a percentage of Smic that develops according to age and the diploma they prepare), they both see rewarding training and diplomas for those under 29, with a major job. According to the Junior Training Center of the Nice Academy, “Apprenticeship is a lever to access the labor market, more than 70% of apprentices are employed at the end of the apprenticeship contract.”
“It’s a way to raise the bar for high school, but also to give young people access to new teaching methods,” Patrice Maskart, principal of the school, explains.
Unlike traditional internships in companies that count towards a diploma (CAP, Baccalaureate and BTS), “An apprenticeship is an employment contract governed by wage labor law and five weeks of paid vacation,” says Patricia Transon, National Education CFA training advisor for the Nice Academy, which has an interactive role with companies. “They are on the same level in the company. And when they come here in high school to learn theoretical concepts, there is an application of what they saw. They also bring us a professional state of mind, which high school needs Adds Hervey Boyks, Professor of Public Works.
Guillaume and Julian, once they graduate, plan to continue their studies with a Higher Diploma (BTS) in Vocational Training. Young interns also have the opportunity to gain professional experience abroad, particularly in Senegal, within the framework of the international mobility of interns, who are financially supported as mentioned by Romain Le Monaco, Project Manager.
“Learning is the way to success”
Three years after the first signing in 2019 of the Bac pro apprenticeship contract for public works between the young man and the company, the demand is there and so is the supply at the Golf-Hotel, famous for “offering a very broad training offer.” The institution that is part of this government’s desire to limit from unemployment, particularly through the development of apprenticeships”,The year ends with 60 trainees divided into classes with a mix of audiences, and 38 divided into four training units for trainees (UFA)”Figure Patrice Maskart.
The high school currently has more than a hundred trainees ”,This is equivalent to 10% of the school’s workforce.
This percentage can be revised upwards. “I constantly receive young people from CAP or first baccalaureate professionals who want to enter vocational training and have already found their work, Stephan Domin, business manager for the industrial division, explains. I also have companies that are looking for interns in this or that sector.”
Analysis of the end-of-year examination results confirmed that vocational training has nothing to envy in initial training.
“The success rate of interns in blended classrooms is identical to the percentage of students who remain in the class. FMU interns succeed better than students in initial training. We already knew this for initial training but now we know that learning that trains all levels is a path to success, Patrice Maskart notes. This is a real challenge for public institutions as well as for vocational high schools.”