According to the Ministry for Labor, apprenticeship training in France increased by 14% between 2021 and 2022, with 837,000 new contracts having been signed. This increase can be seen both in the private sector (2.8 times higher between 2017 and 2022) and in the public sector (15% increase in apprenticeship contracts in the public sector, equivalent to 25,518 new contracts signed). 

This scheme helps with the professional integration of young people between the ages of 16 and 30. Indeed, two out of three apprentices find employment six months after completing their apprenticeship. This reality is thanks to the fact that this training is increasingly attractive: since 2017, the number of young people preparing for a qualification via an apprenticeship has doubled. 

This system also strengthens the development of businesses looking to recruit. Indeed, depending on their size, they benefit from financial aid, exemptions from social charges and tax breaks. This is how businesses with fewer than 50 employees hire 66% of apprentices. In addition, firms with more than 1,000 employees recruit 14% of apprentices. 

Apprenticeships are also very inclusive: 10,000 apprentices hired are disabled, which represents a 21% increase between 2021 and 2022. 

The success, the advantages of this type of training and the Professional Future Law passed on January 1, 2019 are pushing businesses to create their own apprentice training centers (CFA). This is how big-name companies such as L’Oréal, Accor, Sodexo, LVMH and even La Poste have embarked on this mission.  

While for the moment it is the large groups that benefit the most from this practice, it is gradually becoming more commonplace among SMEs and mid-size companies. A telling example is that of the Mauffrey Academy, a school belonging to the Mauffrey group (a transport operator in the French town of Éloyes in the Grand Est region), which offers training to specialize in the field of transport and logistics. 

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