Applying for a work-study program makes it possible to train for a job and integrate more easily into the life and culture of the company. It is a training system based on a practical phase and a theoretical phase that alternate. It is a real gateway to employment and professional integration.
Alternating: instructions for use
The two types of work-study contracts (apprenticeship contract or professionalization contract), where to turn?
Training at the University is governed by 2 student statuses: those in initial training (FI) and those in continuing education (FC). The first status (FI) is intended for people who are continuing their studies without interrupting them and the second (FC) for people who are returning to school after a period of professional activity and/or unemployment (usually at least 3 years without studies since the last recognized diploma). These 2 statuses give "birth" to 2 work-study contracts: the apprenticeship contract (for the FI public) and the professionalisation contract (for the FC public).
However, it sometimes happens that, although you are a student in initial training (FI), you may have to sign a professionalisation contract (for example, some companies only sign professionalisation contracts and not apprenticeship contracts). This does not cause any problems, but you then switch from FI status to FC status (the opposite is almost impossible).
Administrative aspects, how to proceed?
The implementation of the work-study contract leads the student to communicate with two different interlocutors within the University and outside:
- For an apprenticeship contract: the pedagogical secretariat of the diploma in question, of course, but also the SFCA (Service Formation Continue et Alternance) of the FEG as well as the CFA (Centre de Formation des Apprentis),
- For a professionalization contract: the pedagogical secretariat of the diploma in question, of course, but also the SFCA (Service Formation Continue et Alternance) of the FEG.
The contact details at the end of the training pages provide for each FEG work-linked training course the contacts to be used for the pedagogical secretariats and the SFCA (for the CFA, it is the training course that will put you "in touch" with it).
For any general information of an administrative or financial nature concerning work-study apprenticeship contracts, you can however contact us.
Step 1: Applying for training
- On Apprenticeship Contract (FI)
The application is done in the classic way by eCandidate (link to eCandidate system) for FI students (foreign students who are first-time students are not legally entitled to a work-study contract, so this excludes all those who apply through Campus France).
- On a Professionalization Contract (FC)
The application is done in a classic way by an application file (link to admissiosn FC) requested from the SFCA for FC students (first-time foreign students are not legally entitled to a work-study contract, so this excludes all those applying through Campus France).
Specify in your file whether you are interested in following the training course in which you are applying for a work-study contract or not and, if so, indicate whether you already have contacts with companies about a possible contract.
Step 2: If you are recruited, look for and then validate your work-study programme
Training courses usually distribute work-study offers that they receive, but you can (must!) also do some research on your own. Once you have found a work-study program, you MUST have it validated by the work-study manager of the training program that recruited you.
Step 3: If your work-study program is validated, prepare the work-study contract AND the associated training agreement.
These 2 documents officially bind the company that hosts you on work-study and its OPCO (the organisation that finances your training), you, your training, and the CFA for apprenticeship contracts.
The apprenticeship contract MUST be registered by YOU in the CFA platform (usually CACTUS). Your host company can help you (even if it has its own tool for generating an apprenticeship contract). The platform will generate the 2 documents (apprenticeship contract and training agreement), which can be retrieved on the platform.
The professionalization contract is prepared by the SFCA, as well as the training agreement. These documents are sent to your company. (link to the Continuing Education section)
Step 4: Have the documents signed (work-study contract AND training agreement)
Your host company signs your apprenticeship contract, as well as you. Both documents are then returned to the CFA, which registers your contract.
Your host company signs your professionalization contract, as well as yourself. Both documents are then returned to the SFCA who registers your contract.
Step 5: Administrative registration for the training course
- On an apprenticeship contract, you register with the school and get your student card back.
- Under a professionalization contract, the SFCA registers you and issues you with your student card.
Please note! Should the signature of your contract be late in relation to the start of the training, you may be forced to register as a non-alternating FI/FC before steps 2 to 4 are completed and then have your registration modified once they are completed (by requesting a refund of the payment of the registration fees).