Work-study: record number of apprenticeship students in 2022
Work-study continues to progress: + 14% last year, with a total of more than 837,000 new apprenticeship contracts signed last year according to the results of the Ministry of Labor made public on Thursday 2 March. Dares, the statistical service of the Ministry of Labor and Full Employment, has published the final data for the year 2022: and the figures are still just as good for this form of study which continues to appeal to young people. .
The objective of one million contracts signed per year
While the increase in the number of contracts is less spectacular than over the past two years (+46% in 2020 and +38% in 2021), the total remains in line with the executive’s objective of reaching one million contracts signed per year by 2027.
Accessible to young people aged 16 to 29, apprenticeship (also called “work-study”) is based on a virtuous principle of a mix of “theoretical” training in the classroom and “practical” training in the job with the employer – the training being fully paid by the employer who also pays the student a salary. Virtuous but who had trouble imposing himself with a bad image. What aid with the Covid made it possible to unlock – in addition to a reform of the statutes of training establishments in 2018, which liberalized learning both in terms of entry conditions and training offer.
63% of training courses prepared on a work-study program concern Bac + 2 or more
As in previous years, this increase is still driven by higher education, which represents 63% of apprenticeship contracts. But “there is an increase in the number of contracts for all levels of diplomas”, underlines the Ministry of Labor.
In small companies for 1 out of 2 contracts
Two-thirds of contracts are signed with companies with fewer than 50 employees. 45% of contracts started in 2022 are signed in companies with fewer than 10 employees, compared to 48% in 2021.
In terms of sectors concerned: services (with 73% of contracts signed) take the lion’s share, ahead of industry (14%) and construction (11%).
65% of graduate apprentices are employed 6 months after their apprenticeship
Two out of three young people are in employment six months after the end of their apprenticeship. This figure rises to 73% in the energy/chemical/metallurgy sector, ahead of transport/handling/warehousing (72%) and mechanics/metal structures (71%). In 6 out of 10 cases, it is a permanent contract, while 3 out of 10 young people work for the employer where they did their apprenticeship.
Government aid is massive to develop work-study, despite a slight remodeling announced at the end of last year, it is above all sustainable: with the guarantee of maintaining aid until the end of the five-year term. These measures show that in the long term they have made it possible to establish this new training and recruitment trend in the minds of young people and parents.