The apprenticeship training centre

The apprenticeship center

Sandwich-course training, adapted to the sector of activity and to the needs of the company, leads to a recognized qualification for a young person on this kind of contract and helps prepare him/her for a future career.

These sandwich courses are open to young people from 16 to 25 years old.

The apprentice is employed by the company and is placed under the responsibility of a tutor. However, he/she is not counted as a permanent member of staff of the company.

The company must name a tutor, responsible for the training of the apprentice, who must be in possession of a qualification of at least the same level as the one the apprentice is preparing, with more than 3 years of experience in the profession or with at least 5 years’ professional experience.

The contract can be broken off from either side, without any formalities, during the first two months of the contract. Beyond that period, both parties – employer and apprentice – must give their agreement.

Our Apprenticeship Training Centre is intended for apprentices preparing the following diplomas:

  • 3 CAPs (BTEC First) in dressmaking, women’s suits, hatmaking and millinery. These courses last 24 months and prepare apprentices for workshop-type professions (seamstresses, machine sewers),
  • 3 Brevets Professionnels (BTEC Second) in dressmaking, women’s suits, men’s suits. The course lasts 28 months and prepares apprentices for professions in sample sewing and patter-cutting.

The number of hours of training varies according to the diploma.

The sandwich courses are organized on the classic basis of one week in the company, one week at the training centre.

Who can hire an apprentice and how to go about it?

All employers can hire one or several apprentices as long as they are able to meet the following conditions:

  • That they possess the equipment and use the techniques adapted to the training of the apprentice and that the employer can offer decent and safe working conditions for the training.
  • That they can name a tutor who will responsible for the apprentice’s training :

a/ The tutor must have a qualification in the related domain of at least the same level as the one being prepared by the apprentice and have 2 years’ experience in the profession the apprentice is training for,


b/ The tutor must have 3 years’ experience in the profession the apprentice is training for.

How many apprentices can be hired by one employer?

A maximum of two apprentices in the same year of training or not as well as an apprentice who is resitting a year, can be hired. In this case, the employer him/herself must be the tutor.

It is possible to hire one apprentice more for each tutor other than the employer working in the company and an apprentice who is resitting a year.

How to go about it?

There is a sandwich-course form for the private sector which can be obtained at the Chambre des Métiers or the Chambre de Commerce depending on the nature of the employer’s company.

These administrative tasks are paid for by our Apprenticeship Training Centre.

Once the sandwich-course contract has been signed by the apprentice or his/her legal guardian and by the employer, accompanied by a medical certificate (proving the apprentice’s physical aptitude) signed by a work doctor, it must be sent to the Chambre des Métiers or Chambre de Commerce for registration one month maximum after the apprenticeship has started.

If there is no answer within a fortnight, this means the contract has been accepted.

The company will be awarded :

  • A regional bonus for each training year provided made up of :

a fixed bonus of 1,000 euros which can be incremented by :

*An increase of 500 euros a year for TPE (very small companies) and Craftsmen. This increase is awarded to companies with 10 or less employees.

*An increase of 500 euros a year for companies training an apprentice for a level IV or V qualification (CAP-ERV).

These bonuses are validated when the apprentice has been officially accepted after the two-month trial period and when the training centre has confirmed his/her full attendance during the training period.

The regional bonus is not awarded if the Director of the Apprenticeship Training Centre declares more than 10% of non-justified absences for the apprentice at the various classes provided by the training centre during the sandwich course.

  • Companies with less than 11 employees do not have to pay any employers’ contributions except work accident and pension contributions.
  • Companies with more than 11 employees do not have to pay the social security part of employers’ contributions. However, they will have to pay FNAL, unemployment insurance, work accident, pension and transport contributions.
  • No social contributions will be paid by the apprentice no matter how big the company is.

How the apprentice is remunerated

An apprentice on this type of contract earns a salary that corresponds to a percentage of the minimum wage and that varies according to age and level of training.

Under 18


21 and over

1st year

25% minimum wage

41% minimum wage

53% minimum wage
2nd year

37% minimum wage

49% minimum wage

61% minimum wage

3rd year

53% minimum wage

65% minimum wage

   78% minimum wage

Exception : CAP (BTEC First) Connexes and complementary option

The apprentice already has a diploma relating to the profession.

Contract or previous training

Under 18


21 and over

2 year




3 years




Other situations :

  • Exam failure: The prolonged salary for the resit year is calculated according to the rate of remuneration at the end of the first contract. It is only increased if the apprentice changes age bracket.
  • Moving from one contract to another when the apprentice wishes to prepare the next level up or another qualification other than a complementary option to the diploma already passed by the apprentice: the salary cannot be less than what the apprentice was earning at the end of his/her first contract.
  • In the above instance, the duration of the first contract will be taken into account for the calculation of seniority and have a direct impact on the salary received by the apprentice.

Modes of application

Any increases in the minimum wage will take immediate effect and impact the apprentice’s salary

The salary is recalculated when an apprentice changes age bracket and such increases take effect on the 1st day of the month following the apprentice’s birthday.

When an apprentice changes age bracket, the amount is increased according to the number of years of contract already carried out.

When an apprentice starts out on a new apprenticeship contract, his/her remuneration will be at least equivalent to the salary earned during the last year of the previous contract.


Contact : Nadine Estève



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