Towards more professionalization

Since 2008, ECE proposes to students to follow their engineering course in alternation, under apprenticeship contract. The school thus responds to a strong demand from companies wishing to train engineers who are perfectly operational at the end of their studies.

The engineering curriculum under apprenticeship contract allows to alternate periods in the company (the apprentice puts into practice the lessons given at the school) and at the ECE (the school brings to the apprentice the necessary knowledge for the future missions that will be entrusted to him in the company).

The work-study program under an apprenticeship contract is open to students with a BAC+2 or BAC+3 (DUT, BUT, Technical and Computer Science Specialties, Adaptation Technicien Supérieur, Preparatory Program, Bachelor’s Degree or Professional License).

In the 2nd year of the engineering cycle (ING4), apprentices choose their specialization major from among these majors:

Opt for professionalization after a CPGE

Since 2020, students from the Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles (CPGE) in science can join a 3-year program, perfectly adapted to their profile. It consists of a first year under student status, during which the courses related to the business world play an important role, and two years of specialization under apprentice status.

Admission by competitive examination (Concours AvenirPrépas within the e3a-Polytech and PT test banks).

The apprenticeship contract: a real employment contract

The apprentice is an employee subject to the rules of the company that hires him. He/she receives a salary throughout his/her training and, like all employees, benefits from 5 weeks of paid vacation per year (unless otherwise provided for by the company’s collective agreement). During the training period, the tutoring of the apprentice is ensured jointly by the apprenticeship master in the company and by the school tutor at the ECE.

The search for an apprenticeship contract

The ECE Corporate Relations and Partnerships Department offers personalized support and follow-up to all eligible apprentice candidates:

  • Resume and cover letter tips;
  • Simulation of recruitment interviews;
  • Dissemination of apprenticeship opportunities;
  • Organization of an apprenticeship forum bringing together several companies looking for their future apprentices.

Work-study programs in the engineering cycle

The apprenticeship program at ECE combines periods in the company and at the school but also periods abroad, during the school time, which are an integral part of the training and are therefore mandatory in the program.

  • 1st year:
    • Rhythm: 1 month at school / 1 month in a company
    • International stay: 3 months abroad from May to July
  • 2nd year: 1 month at school / 1 month in a company
  • 3rd year: 1 month at the school / 1 month in the company in the 1st semester then full time in the company

Training fees and remuneration

Training costs are paid for by companies, in particular through the OPCOs (skills operators).

The apprentice signs an apprenticeship contract. It is a real employment contract between an employee (the apprentice) and an employer (the host company). The apprentice therefore receives a salary (calculated according to his age and level of study) throughout his contract and benefits, like all employees of the company, from paid vacations.

The work-study status allows you to receive housing subsidies via Mobili-jeune, which covers a small part of the rent. Take some time to do the procedures related to the move (open water meter, open phone line with echosdunet…) to avoid cuts, and apply for Mobili-Jeune, once you have moved in.

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The work-study program allows a company to pay for the tuition fees and to continue the studies with a salary.

The apprentice’s remuneration depends on his/her age and level of study (year of contract). The salary indicated below corresponds to the minimum salary provided by law. It may be higher if the collective agreement of the sector to which the company belongs is more favorable.

The gross monthly SMIC for 35 hours on October 1, 2021 is 1,589.47 euros.

Remuneration of an apprentice in 2023 (gross monthly salary)
1st year of the apprenticeship contract
Apprentice under 18 years old27%
Apprentice from 18 to 21 years old43%
Apprentice from 21 to 25 years old53%
Apprentice 26 years old and over100%
2nd year of the apprenticeship contract
Apprentice under 18 years old39%
Apprentice from 18 to 21 years old 51%
Apprentice from 21 to 25 years old 61%
Apprentice 26 years old and over 100%
3rd year of the apprenticeship contract
Apprentice under 18 years old55%
Apprentice from 18 to 21 years old67%
Apprentice from 21 to 25 years old78%
Apprentice 26 years old and over 100%

In order to train engineers through apprenticeship, ECE is associated with CFA SACEF. It assists companies in the implementation of administrative procedures related to the establishment of the apprenticeship contract. It also supports them in training and monitoring their apprenticeship masters. On its side, the ECE provides apprentices with a theoretical and technical training that meets the demands of companies.

Provide an apprenticeship offer

To propose your apprenticeship offers to our eligible students in1st or2nd year of the engineering cycle, please send them to

ECE offers to students with 2 years of higher education (DUT, BTS, Spé TSI, ATS, Prépa intégrée, Licence) to follow their engineering curriculum through an apprenticeship. This work-study program leads to the same degree as the initial training program. They have the status of apprentices and alternate periods at school and in the company.

Updated 26 June 2023