Combined study/on-the-job training schemes are characterized by the gradual acquisition of skills at a training center and within a company or institution.

Whether you want to take leave from work to develop your skills or do a company training scheme or an apprenticeship, combined study/on-the-job training schemes offer real opportunities in the working world, including early experience, a real taste of a certain profession, and the development and reinforcement of skills. A combined study/on-the-job training scheme has everything in one.

Every situation have a solution

• You are 26 years old or less or you are unemployed :

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company training schemes

• You are 27 years old or more and you are unemployed:

company training schemes

You are an employee and you want your skills yo evolve:

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The combined study/on-the-job training schemes of Université Sorbonne Paris Nord can offer the following:

• A university degree
• Professional qualifications
• Remuneration

If you do a combined study/on-the-job training scheme you will have the status of an employee.

Why should you do an apprenticeship?

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• You can try out a sector or profession to see if it suits you.
• Your studies at university and your apprenticeship in a real-world context at a company complement one another and supplement your learning.
• You receive guidance from two places of learning: the university, where you have a teacher, and a company, where you have a mentor.
• You obtain a professional qualification while you prepare for your degree.
• Your course will provide you with real-world references that can contribute greatly to finding employment.

The financial benefits

You will receive remuneration while you are studying.

For apprentices:

• Your salary is exempt from tax (up to the limit of the minimum wage).
• The years you spend as an apprentice are counted toward your pension.
• You have access to assistance with accommodation, transportation, and loans.

Learn more about the possibilities of combined study/on-the-job training schemes by clicking here

  • The steps involved

    Step 1: Research various sectors and professions

    • Choose a sector you would like to work in
    • Consult the forums for combined study/on-the-job training programs
    • Research the courses available

    Step 2: Find out more about the work/study program that suits your needs

    • The apprenticeship agreement
    Company training schemes
    Leave to pursue combined study/on-the-job training

    Step 3: Find a course

    • Consult the forum for work/study programs and attend open days
    • Find out the details of the content and schedule
    • Find out how to register
    • Apply to your chosen institution for provisional registration (subject to the approval of the company involved)

    > View the list of combined study/on-the-job training programs offered by Université Sorbonne Paris Nord

    Step 4: Find a company

    • Make contact as early as possible with companies even though the apprenticeship agreement can only be concluded after you have been admitted to the course
    • Allow for the possibility of not finding a company (apply for ordinary registration at the same time, etc.)

    Step 5: Contact the training center

    • Contact the training center as soon as the company has given you its approval to confirm your registration.

    Step 6: Sign your apprenticeship agreement

    • There will be one copy available for you to keep

    Step 7: Finalize your registration with the training center

    • Your registration with the training center only becomes final when the training center has confirmed the signed agreement

    Step 8: Undergo a medical examination

    • The certificate of fitness issued by the occupational health doctor is required to confirm the agreement

    You can start your contract

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    CFA SUP 2000

    Moulin de la chaussée, Place Jean Jaurès 94410 SAINT-MAURICE
    01 43 53 68 00;

    CFA DIFCAM Banque et Assurances

    192 rue Lecourbe 75015 PARIS
    01 44 37 30 40;

    AFAMBRIF (an apprenticeship training center for professions in banking and finance of the Île-de-France region)

    43-45 avenue de Clichy 75017 PARIS
    01 53 42 63 64;

    CNA/CEFAG (an apprenticeship training center for professions in visual communications and multimedia)

    80 rue Jules Ferry 93170 BAGNOLET
    01 55 82 41 51;

    CFA SACEF (an apprenticeship training center for apprenticeship scheme created by companies in the Île-de-France region)

    8 Rue d’Athènes 75019 PARIS
    01 78 09 88 51;


    58 Rue du Professeur Gosset 75018 PARIS
    01 49 21 43 40;

    IFPASS (an apprenticeship training center for professions in insurance)

    Paris la défense 8 20bis jardin Boieldieu 92071 LA DEFENSE
    01 47 76 59 00;

    Apprenticeship training center of the CCI of Paris Île-de-France

    CCI Paris IDF 27 avenue de Friedland 75382 PARIS
    08 20 01 21 12;

    CFA CODIS (an apprenticeship training center for Commerce, Distribution, and Service)

    3 rue Pierre Dupont 75010 PARIS
    01 80 97 45 19;

  • Cindy Ntoni Ndo, apprentice pursuing a Master’s in Communications and HR

    “Some advice: there’s no need to be overwhelmed by demands at work and your studies at university. You just have to be organized and proactive.”

    A more “sociological” corporate approach

    cindy-ntoni-ndoAfter completing my Baccalaureate, I applied to do a DUT GEA (an undergraduate technical degree in business management and administration) with an HR option at Université Sorbonne Paris Nord. After completing that, I went to a private school to do a vocational Licence in Human Resources in the form of an apprenticeship with the company Schneider Electric in its division for recruitment and the mobility of engineers and upper management. In my last year, I joined the Faculty of Communication Sciences at Université Sorbonne Paris Nord to do an apprenticeship through a Master’s degree in Communications and Human Resources. When I completed my Licence, I wanted to do a Master’s degree. I applied to do a Master’s at Université Sorbonne Paris Nord. I thought the courses were very interesting. They focus more on the psychological aspect of companies.

    A both theoretical and professional approach

    The value of the training lies in the alliance between teaching researchers and external mentors. The teaching researchers are there to help us analyze the theories that have been established by various sociologists. External mentors, on the other hand, share their professional experience with us. We thus benefit from both approaches.

    Rapid development of skills

    From a professional point of view, this course gave me the opportunity to have two years of experience as an apprentice, my first experience in recruitment and mobility, and additional experience in wage management in two completely different companies. For me personally, this training helped me to develop my analytical skills.

    Florian Guigny, apprentice pursuing a Master’s in Communications and HR

    “An apprenticeship is a great opportunity”

    An unusual course for a career in Human Resources

    florian-guignyAfter finishing a baccalaureate in Economic and Social Sciences, I decided to do a Licence in psychology. Through my third-year internship for this degree, I was able to learn more about the professional world of human resources. During this internship, I met the Human Resources Director who guided me in my choice to do a Master’s in Communications and Human Resources at Université Sorbonne Paris Nord.

    An apprenticeship is a great opportunity

    The opportunity to do my two-year Master’s degree in the form of an apprenticeship was a deciding factor in my choice to study at Université Sorbonne Paris Nord. The training and teaching I received during these two years on my course enabled me to develop analytical skills that were highly valued by my employers. They now want to offer me a job after I finish my apprenticeship.

    A multidisciplinary approach that teaches you real-world skills

    A course of study gives you the opportunity to benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to the professions of Communications and Human Resources. The alliance of, on the one hand, the teaching staff, i.e. teaching researchers, and, on the other, external tutors who are HR professionals, gives you a good overview of how a company works, including both theoretical concepts and a pragmatic approach and concrete view of the corporate world.

    A highly rewarding type of training

    In professional terms, this course gives you tools and a background knowledge about facts and the behaviors of individuals in companies, which enables you to come up with ways things could be improved and to make a valuable contribution in the eyes of your superiors. In personal terms, this apprenticeship course pays you a considerable income. It is an opportunity to obtain a first taste of the professional world and to make your first contact with companies.

    “For those of you who can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel of your studies, who don’t know if you will be able to get a job, the Communications & HR course at Université Sorbonne Paris Nord is just for you!”

  • • Website of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Professional Education and Social Dialog
    • Portal for combined study/on-the-job training schemes
    • Website of the Île-de-France region