Apprenticeship: a long-established tradition at the School

IAE Aix-Marseille operated sandwich courses alternating academic education with professional experience as early as 1996. In 2006, access to 1-year or 2-year alternate training was made available to all Master students whatever their backgrounds. Currently, a growing number of students opt for alternate training. They were 123 in 2009 and 250 in 2017 (35% of the School’s eligible students). Today, the School is Aix-Marseille University’s unit which trains the highest number of apprentices at Master level.

The triple advantage of apprenticeship

  • For students: apprenticeship minors the problem of tuition fees and provides valuable professional experience to optimise employability potential.
  • For companies: alternate training schemes provide valuable expertise over long-term training periods. They benefit from advance opportunities to spot much-needed profiles ahead of actual recruitment.
  • For the School: support from companies and their role as co-training institutions are crucial contributions to the IAE’s public service mission as it can offer high-level training with affordable access.

Developing apprenticeship is central to our School’s ACE strategy. ACE stands for Attract, Connect, Excel. We strive to attract tomorrow’s talents and to train them in partnership with commitment-driven enterprises and we work hard to facilitate optimal professional integration for our graduates.

It is to note that only students who have been living in France for more than one year are eligible for apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship fairs: the school accompanies the student to find host companies

Every year in June, the School sets up events to help students to establish contacts with firms that are looking for apprentices. More and more companies participate each year.