They are not the same age, do not follow the same school curriculum on the benches of the professional high school of the Golf-Hotel. However, Julien Legras, 19, in the final Bac pro commerce, and Guillaume Merlino, 20, in the final Bac pro public works, have made the same choice: that of becoming apprentices while continuing their studies. Back to school was not only academic for these two high school students. Just like their fellow apprentices, divided between mixed classes or in small groups in the four training units for apprentices opened in high school after market studies in conjunction with the CFA of the Academy (CAP channeling, Bac pro public works, BTS works public, and Bac pro cuisine), the resumption of work took place in the company.
Guillaume Merlino alternates two weeks a month in class in a training unit for apprentices, and two others on the A 57 widening site, where he works on behalf of the company NGE, based in Tarascon. Ditto for Julien Legros, integrated into a mixed class and employed by the company Hygiène Discount, based between Cuers and Puget-Ville.
Leverage for employment
Beyond the interest of the salary (a percentage of the Smic which evolves according to the age and the diploma which they prepare), both see in it a rewarding training and diploma for the under 29s, with a job at stake. According to the apprentice training center of the Nice Academy, “Apprenticeship is a lever to access the labor market, more than 70% of apprentices are employed when an apprenticeship contract is issued”.
“It’s a way to upgrade the high school, but also give access to new teaching methods for young people”, explains Patrice Mascarte, headmaster.
Unlike traditional internships in companies paying for the diploma (CAP, bac and BTS), “The apprenticeship is an employment contract governed by the Labor Code with remuneration, and five weeks of paid leave”, says Patricia Transon, training advisor for the National Education CFA for the Nice Academy, who has an interface role with companies. “They are on the same level in the company. And when they come here in high school to learn theoretical notions, there is the application of what they have seen. They also bring us a professional state of mind, of which high school needs adds Hervé Boix, professor of public works.
Guillaume and Julien, once graduated, are already planning to continue their studies with a higher diploma (BTS) in apprenticeship. Young apprentices also have the opportunity to gain professional experience abroad, particularly in Senegal, within the framework of international mobility for apprentices, a price that is financially supported, as Romain Lo Monaco, project manager, reminded us.
“Learning is a pathway to success”
Three years after the first signing in 2019 of the apprenticeship contract in Bac pro public works between the young person and the company, the demand is there as is the offer at the Golf-Hotel, renowned “for having a very wide training offer . “The establishment which is part of this government desire to reduce unemployment, in particular by developing apprenticeship,”ends the year with 60 apprentices divided into classes with a mix of audiences, and 38 divided into the four training units for apprentices (UFA)”character Patrice Mascarte.
Currently, the high school has more than one hundred apprentices, “which corresponds to 10% of the school’s workforce.
And this percentage could be revised upwards. “I keep receiving young people from CAP or first Bac pro who want to go on an apprenticeship and who have already found their business, explains Stéphane Domine, works manager for the industrial division. I also have companies that are looking for apprentices in this or that sector.”
The analysis of the results of the end-of-year exams confirmed that the apprenticeship had nothing to envy to the initial training.
“The success rate of apprentices in mixed classrooms is identical to the percentage of students who stay in class. Apprentices in FMUs succeed better than students in initial training. We already knew this for initial training but now we know that learning which forms all levels is a path to success, notes Patrice Mascarte. This is a real challenge for public establishments as well as for vocational high schools.”