Sewan, a Paris-based company that specializes in networks and cloud services for businesses, has recently started hiring work-study students. The company now has 10 work-study students with contracts ranging from 1 to 3 years out of a total of 420 employees in France. However, the company waited until 2020 to experiment with the work-study program because they wanted to ensure they could offer proper support to the students.
The relationship between work-study programs and short internships is not as fruitful as some companies believe. According to the Work-Study Observatory, only 7% of apprentices believe they have benefited from an integration and training course upon their arrival, and 77% of companies do not provide specific training for their tutors. However, Sewan encourages their services to favor work-study programs because they believe it’s more beneficial for both parties. To show their commitment, Sewan allocates resources and benefits for work-study students, including mobility to different services and financial rewards.
The Union of National Social Security Funds (Ucanss) is also making a change by welcoming approximately 2000 apprentices in 2024. Most of these apprentices will have the opportunity to work in standard professions such as IT, accounting, customer relations, and legal with the added benefit of working on projects that are important to all French people. Ucanss takes the integration of young people seriously by offering a good balance between private and professional life as well as comprehensive training for the apprenticeship tutors. They have created Lasecurecrute.fr site to organize job offers and missions throughout France.
Bouygues Telecom is another telecom company that places a high importance on creating the right environment for their apprentices by organizing a hiring campaign from February to June each year. The company looks to create an integration day with other apprentices and interns and provides several channels for support such as tutors, HR representatives, and an online community to make sure that each student feels comfortable and connected with the organization.
Overall, these companies are making efforts to integrate and support work-study students in meaningful ways by providing them with job opportunities similar