Why go for apprenticeship?
Published on 2023.04.07
emlyon's objective is to have 500 students under apprenticeship contracts by 2025. This very professionalizing training mode is virtuous both for corporations and for student apprentices.
Apprenticeship at emlyon
In its strategic plan Confluences 2025, emlyon business school has set the development of apprenticeship within its training programs as an objective of 5 times the number of student apprentices and the reinforcement of its CFA created in 2019.
Apprenticeship is already available to students in the Global BBA, the Grande Ecole Program, the Mastère Spécialisé Entrepreneuriat et Management de l'Innovation, the Mastère Spécialisé Juriste Manager International and the Mastère Spécialisé Transformation Digitale, Marketing et Stratégie of emlyon.
Its development within our programs, is one of the levers of the School's policy in favor of social diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities. Thanks to the co-financing by recruiters and by the State, of apprentices' training programs, apprenticeship can actually lift up financial barriers for students to enter emlyon. The CFA's growing development both addresses the strong student demand, and that of the recruiters.
Recruiting under apprenticeship contracts
For employers, apprenticeship is a means to feed a pedagogical approach by contributing to the training of young talents and supporting their skill improvement. The emlyon students eligible to apprenticeship are nearing the end of their training programs, and already have a first professional experience they can rely on, to provide fresh perspectives, expand the teams' diversity and rapidly take on missions with responsibilities.
Apprenticeship turns out to be preferred also, as a recruitment mode, by corporations. On average, more than one student our of two, stay on at the same position, in their apprenticeship companies. Contract duration gives time for apprentices to actually immerse themselves in the corporate culture and work methods, thereby creating apool of potential future collaborators.
“When we recruit apprentices, the aim is to help them grow while addressing real needs within our company. We build a close-to-hand relationship with the younger ones but also, through them, the company's future.”
Apprenticeship as a career booster !
For students, opting for a school-work mode, alternating between learning and in-company practical experience, provides a number of benefits. Beyond the co-financing of the training program by the State and the employer, apprenticeship provides a significant professional experience and the development of field competences. The rhythm alternating between at-school learning and life as a collaborator, allows to supplement the theoretical input with the concrete in-company application of knowledge. For Florian Gaillard, Head of School Relations in the Limagrain Group, “it allows apprentices to actually experience a pre-professional daily life before truly immersing themselves in the working life”.
Apprenticeship is a contract type very popular among corporations: at emlyon, the number of school-work job offers is still a lot higher than the demand. It often constitutes a prerecruitment feature, and as such, strongly increases student employability.
“I don't think I will have a hard time finding an apprenticeship, there are many opportunities. By cumulating school and work, I will acquire a concrete professional experience of more than 20 months, which I wouldn't be able to get otherwise. It's also such a relief not to have to pay for the whole of my training program.”