Sewan, a Paris-based company specializing 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, Sewan waited until 2020 to experiment with the work-study program because it wanted to ensure it could provide the necessary support to the students.
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 believes that work-study programs offer more fruitful relationships than short internships and encourages them. The company also allocates resources and benefits for work-study students, including mobility between services and financial rewards.
In addition, the Union of National Social Security Funds (Ucanss) is 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 while 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 apprenticeship tutors. They have also created a Lasecurecrute.fr site to organize job offers and missions throughout France.
Lastly, Bouygues Telecom places a high importance on creating a supportive environment for its work-study students through an integration day with other apprentices and interns and providing several channels for support such as tutors, HR representatives and an online community. The company aims to create a spark of motivation among students while feeling at ease within the organization.
Each of these companies is taking proactive steps towards integrating and supporting work-study students in meaningful ways that benefit both the organizations themselves as well as young people looking to start their careers.