Learning, undertaking in New Aquitaine with young skills
Learning is a solution that allows young people in a student course to reconcile theoretical and practical knowledge. They alternate between periods at school and periods in business, to learn a trade. A great springboard for professional integration, apprenticeships also allow the company to benefit from new skills. Students are trained with the latest knowledge, evolving with innovations. With COVID-19, companies face a brake on hiring after a period of containment that marked a halt in activity. In New Aquitaine, as in other regions, it is time for recovery and recruitment.
Encouraging the recruitment of young people for apprenticeships
The recruitment of young apprentices has also been impacted by COVID-19 since the beginning of the year. The interruption of many contracts as a result of the shutdown did not penalize only the companies. However, today, the measures announced are aimed at reviving this important operation for companies and their recruitment. The latter receive financial assistance for each apprenticeship recruitment. $5,000 if the apprentice is a minor, and $8,000 if he is over 18 years old. This financial support helps to relieve companies, concerned about the state of their cash flow. In New Aquitaine, the number of apprentices is quite large. In the year 2018/2019, 14,810 young people are trained in apprenticeships in craft companies. Nationally, this affects more than 150,000 young people. These measures are therefore intended to encourage companies to continue this trend after a complicated period for apprenticeships.
On September 22, Atlas organized a webinar on this issue. How can companies be encouraged to recruit alternates from their teams? Although the majority of apprentice hires then lead to sustained hiring, there are still obstacles. Businesses are quite ill-informed about this system in general, and find the administrative procedures too complex. Moreover, they consider that the return on investment of such a hiring is uncertain, due in particular to the apprentice’s lack of professional experience. Nevertheless, within Atlas in particular, every effort is made to make apprenticeship recruitment more widely chosen by companies. To date, only 12% of Atlas’ member companies hire at least one apprentice in their workforce. A result that is still too weak, but which aims to evolve. Thanks in particular to communication, and to exchanges with all members.
Bringing new skills to new businesses
In general, apprenticeships are initially provided within the CFA (Apprentice Training Centre). But for a few years now, this model seems to be evolving, with the choice of alternatives. Indeed, in schools, learning is one of the courses offered. In 2019, of the 45,000 apprentices registered in New Aquitaine, 87% of them were on a CFA course. Between 2018 and 2019, there was a 14% increase in the number of apprentices in the territory. Among the sectors most focused on learning, hotels and restaurants and cooking are references. The region is particularly well-known for both sectors of activity. Then there are the commercial, masonry or agricultural training. As of October 31, 2019, more than 183 structures are providing apprenticeship training to young people.
Many measures put in place to encourage young people to learn allow businesses to give them a chance. These measures, welcomed by institutions such as CFA schools will have a significant impact following COVID-19. It is a real springboard to revive the economy, and business activity. By combining today’s skills with tomorrow’s career, apprentices also see a promise of employment. Learning is an accelerator of employment. According to Atlas, more than 80% of apprentices find employment at the end of their apprenticeship contract, 40% of whom are in CDI.