Thursday, 20 January, 2022

Apprenticeship: training centers are pushing for continued hiring aid


The Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, will bring together the major learning networks on March 16. The government will have to arbitrate by then between several scenarios for the continuation of bonuses to employers.

Hiring aids have propelled learning to levels never seen in 2020.

After an exceptional 2020 vintage of apprenticeship, with nearly 500,000 contracts signed, how can we avoid the air gap this year? The question will appear on the agenda of the third social summit of the Castex era, on March 15 in the middle of the afternoon, and even more the following day on the occasion of a meeting of Elisabeth Borne with the large networks of apprenticeship training centers (CFA).

With a few nuances, their positions can be summed up in one verb – “to extend” – on hiring aid. As a reminder, this aid is 5,000 euros for a minor apprentice or 8,000 euros over the age of 18, until March 31.

“It’s too important for young people”, insists the president of CCI France, Pierre Goguet, who is campaigning for one more year. The Walt network, which brings together several schools including Compagnons du duty or rural family homes, is asking for an identical renewal until the end of the year.

The president of CMA France (craftsmen), Joël Fourny, does not bring forward a deadline but displays the same position. “We understand that these measures cannot remain sustainable. But we want there to be no sudden rupture beyond March 31 ”, he pleads. The federation of CFA directors, Fnadir, is waiting to raise the expectations of its members, but it would be surprising if they were different.

Borne favorable

Extend, Elisabeth Borne is in favor – she told the new president of the U2P, Dominique Métayer – in a form to be stopped after interministerial arbitration. The cost of the measure is obviously a key parameter of the equation given the bill for 2020, well beyond the 2 billion euros budgeted. He won’t be the only one. Even if no one complains, the bonuses have had an accelerating effect on higher education, which was already on the rise, which argues for a rebalancing in favor of baccalaureate or infra levels.

One of the avenues that is circulating, denied by the Ministry of Labor, would consist in arranging aid as follows: always 5,000 euros for a minor, 8,000 for an adult up to bac + 2 and between 5,000 and 6,000 euros from bac + 3. Another relates to keeping them identically, even if it means reducing the aid for hiring young people on CDI or CDD for more than three months provided for in the “1 young person 1 solution” plan.

Three or six months?

The other major subject for the start of the 2021 school year concerns the maintenance of the six-month lock allowing an apprentice to start his training without having found an employer. Walt pleads for a return to three months, a period considered sufficient without counting that its doubling caused some abuse. Conversely, the CCI and CMA France vote to maintain it, given the economic uncertainty.

The last big topic is a little less urgent, but no less important. It relates to the revision of contract costs, that is to say the lump sums paid to CFAs for each young person on contract. Faced with the outcry of those concerned, the ministry postponed the revision until the start of the 2022 school year, which implies having the new scales by the end of the year.

The Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, will bring together the major learning networks on March 16. The government will have to arbitrate by then between several scenarios for the continuation of bonuses to employers.

Hiring aids have propelled learning to levels never seen in 2020.

After an exceptional 2020 vintage of apprenticeship, with nearly 500,000 contracts signed, how can we avoid the air gap this year? The question will appear on the agenda of the third social summit of the Castex era, on March 15 in the middle of the afternoon, and even more the following day on the occasion of a meeting of Elisabeth Borne with the large networks of apprenticeship training centers (CFA).

With a few nuances, their positions can be summed up in one verb – “to extend” – on hiring aid. As a reminder, this aid is 5,000 euros for a minor apprentice or 8,000 euros over the age of 18, until March 31.

“It’s too important for young people”, insists the president of CCI France, Pierre Goguet, who is campaigning for one more year. The Walt network, which brings together several schools including Compagnons du duty or rural family homes, is asking for an identical renewal until the end of the year.

The president of CMA France (craftsmen), Joël Fourny, does not bring forward a deadline but displays the same position. “We understand that these measures cannot remain sustainable. But we want there to be no sudden rupture beyond March 31 ”, he pleads. The federation of CFA directors, Fnadir, is waiting to raise the expectations of its members, but it would be surprising if they were different.

Borne favorable

Extend, Elisabeth Borne is in favor – she told the new president of the U2P, Dominique Métayer – in a form to be stopped after interministerial arbitration. The cost of the measure is obviously a key parameter of the equation given the bill for 2020, well beyond the 2 billion euros budgeted. He won’t be the only one. Even if no one complains, the bonuses have had an accelerating effect on higher education, which was already on the rise, which argues for a rebalancing in favor of baccalaureate or infra levels.

One of the avenues that is circulating, denied by the Ministry of Labor, would consist in arranging aid as follows: always 5,000 euros for a minor, 8,000 for an adult up to bac + 2 and between 5,000 and 6,000 euros from bac + 3. Another relates to keeping them identically, even if it means reducing the aid for hiring young people on CDI or CDD for more than three months provided for in the “1 young person 1 solution” plan.

Three or six months?

The other major subject for the start of the 2021 school year concerns the maintenance of the six-month lock allowing an apprentice to start his training without having found an employer. Walt pleads for a return to three months, a period considered sufficient without counting that its doubling caused some abuse. Conversely, the CCI and CMA France vote to maintain it, given the economic uncertainty.

The last big topic is a little less urgent, but no less important. It relates to the revision of contract costs, that is to say the lump sums paid to CFAs for each young person on contract. Faced with the outcry of those concerned, the ministry postponed the revision until the start of the 2022 school year, which implies having the new scales by the end of the year.