the extension of aid to companies is “excellent news”

The State will extend until the end of the year the aid granted to companies that welcome young people in apprenticeship, up to 8,000 euros for an adult apprentice. To talk about this, France Bleu Bourgogne welcomes the director of the École des Métiers de Longvic, Christine Fréquelin.

France Bleu Bourgogne: Is the extension of this aid to companies good news for the learning sector?

That’s excellent news. It was news we had been waiting for, as Madame Borne must have told her minister it was file number 1 to put on top of the pile so that learning would continue to have the wind in its sails. , as currently. This is a very good signal sent to employers because they are obviously waiting for these help bonuses to hire apprentices. They were waiting, as the promised help was until June 30th. They had already been extended once. They are even more until the end of the year. And that is very good news.

Without this state aid, would companies be more hesitant to hire work-study interns?

So we found that this state aid was a lever. They lift the brakes on hiring young apprentices. Because when we financially help an employer to train an apprentice, which takes time, but is also part of human resources, also because sometimes it makes staff available to train a young person, we see that in fact there are hirings that are made. We had a very significant increase at École des Métiers in our number of apprentices. Anyway, there was a very significant increase in France.

Can young people easily find companies that will accept them into a work-study program?

Getting better, I would say. In a certain sector, the hotel and restaurant sector, apprentices find a boss very quickly and even arrive at the school’s open days with a boss. It is a completely new phenomenon, as the search for a boss is not so simple. And then we saw the opposite phenomenon. There are sectors where it is a little more difficult. But in food and catering, it is still quite simple to find a chef as there is a real demand from companies.

Which sectors are hiring the most?

Traditionally, the sectors that hire the most at school are the food sector: bakery, butcher, delicatessen, pastry shop, chocolate. It is the spearhead of the school. It’s the biggest team. Second is the automobile, as we go from CAP to BTS and we have a large workforce. And it comes third in the hotel and restaurant sector, and there, in fact, there is a shortage of labor and also of apprentices.

In these sectors in tension such as the hotel and restaurant business, are companies still careful to train and transmit young people and not just consider them as a workforce?

There are so-called professional activity standards to which they are required to adhere. This means that when you hire an apprentice, you need to go through a training permit. And we are then obliged, during the educational visits that the CFA (apprentice training center) makes, to show that we adhere to the activities’ reference framework. It is a way of allowing young people a methodical and complete formation.

Is transmission really important for companies that hire these young apprentices?

This is very important. It is a great pleasure to see the school’s former apprentices become today’s bosses. It is the Dijon chiefs who, in turn, train the apprentices. And we see them at the time of retirement, which they pass on to their apprentice, recent graduate or former graduate, their company.

What has changed in learning? Is it no longer considered a siding as it might have been before?

We left the bypass, the royal road. The apprenticeship was for young people who did not succeed in school. It was a siding. They were apprentices because they couldn’t do anything at school. This is no longer the case, because learning is a path that has now been deliberately chosen. We train in apprenticeship up to engineering levels. Traditionally, we thought of the small local baker, or jobs like that, but that is no longer the case. We go to trade school from CAP to BTS. We train young people who have chosen their destiny and who, sometimes, are also in recycling.

Do you earn well when you’re in the apprenticeship, when you’re out of the apprenticeship?

When you come out of apprenticeship, you can earn a very good living because there are salary scales. And there are trades that train and that are very remunerative. The butcher shop, in this case, is a highly sought after profession, a profession in tension and in which young people really enjoy this learning and earn very well.

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