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“OPCALIA” MASTER CLASS: A EUROPEAN “GUIDE DU ROUTARD” (TRAVEL GUIDE), APPRENTICESHIP VERSION

The Hachette Book Group and Opcalia, an organisation in charge of collecting funding for training, have launched a guide for apprenticeship. In 2017, only 6 800 apprentices benefitted from the mobility programme Erasmus, against 43 000 French students. The book aims at finding a solution.

To learn baking, yes, but abroad. Considered as the best way towards employment, block release training courses can be undertaken in France, but also elsewhere thanks to the mobility programme “Erasmus”.

The Hachette Book Group and Opcalia, an organisation in charge of collecting funding for training, want to remind it and announce this Monday the launch of a “Guide du Routard” (travel guide) for the European mobility of young people undertaking block release training, called “To make its block release training in Europe”.

The book will be printed in 20 000 copies and proposes “a broad overview of this programme of excellence”, says Routard.

An initiative which meets the government’s objectives
This publication intends to be a reference tool for young people willing to undertake their training abroad. In 2017, only 6 800 apprentices benefitted from the mobility programme Erasmus, against 43 000 French students in the framework of a university programme. Moreover, those apprentices left for a short period - 2 weeks on average. In early 2018, the Minister of Labour Muriel Pénicaud judged this difference as “unacceptable”, willing to raise this number to 15 000 by 2022.

In January, she presented the conclusions of a report written by the MEP Jean Arthuis aiming to develop “Erasmus” trips for apprentices. “We cannot think about apprenticeship only between our walls. Our young people should be allowed to access the European citizenship by living it and open their mind to new ways of doing and working that are different”, said the Minister. According to a study published by the Apec, students opting for block release training are, two years after having obtained their master, twice less unemployed than others who did not choose this way.

Remarks collected by Jean-Philippe Louis for Les Echos.fr | Translated from French