Frequently Asked Questions


What are the possible contracts for an alternance student ?

  • An “alternance »-contract is an employment contract concluded between the employer and the trainee, whereby the start date of the internship is set on the 1st day of the student’s arrival at the company or training center.
  • The “alternance »-contract consists of a 45-day trial period, during which both parties (employer & trainee) can terminate the contract at any time. The cancellation is unilateral and such without any motivation regarding the termination of the contract.
  • The professional contract is another kind of contract, whereby both the labor code and the applicable collective labor agreements do NOT apply during the trainees’ trial period. In addition, the student is obliged to undergo a medical examination. The aim of this research is to determine whether he/she is fit enough to perform the intended position properly.
  • Finally, the trainees have the same vacation entitlement as the other employees in the company, or 5 weeks per year. The alternant is regarded as a paid employee by law, but since September 2005 people can also benefit from the student statute.

What are the student's obligations within the company ?

  • The student is obliged to follow the working hours of the company closely, and he/she must also respect the employment regulations with due attention. Like any employee, he/she is subject to the labor code.
  • As a trainee, the student should mainly comply to the instructions of their supervisor.
  • The student also enjoys the relevant advantages that apply to other employees within the company.
  • Finally, the student is subject to collective agreements which may be applied within the company.

Can a student with a foreign nationality apply for alternance?

It is not necessary to have the French nationality to be an alternance student. However, if the student has a foreign nationality, he/ she must reside within the national territory of France regularly. In addition, the student must have a residence permit and work permit before signing an alternance contract with his/her employer.

What compensation is provided ?

Legislation related to internships provides that a full-time payment (35 hours / week) is determined by SMIC’s gross hourly wages. The amount mainly depends on the student’s  age as well as on the progress they make during their education. This type of position provides favorable schemes for trainees between the ages of 21 and 25: the salary is calculated on the basis of the percentage of the agreed minimum by the company that is higher than the minimum wage according to SMIC.

As an alternance student, you can benefit from a special advantage: your wages are exempt from taxes if they remain within the limits of the annual amount that is issued by SMIC. (18 759 euros for the year 2021)

how do I plan my future job interview ?

The goal of this interview consists on the one hand of examining the various elements of your CV and on the other hand of finding out how motivated you are for the proposed job.

It is possible that the responsible inquires about your behavior and knowledge when proposing a fictional or simulated problem definition. The most common example in practice is a commercial negotiation for a commercial or a job with certain responsibility.

1° Investigate !

2° Prepare well.

3° Create an interaction !

4° Stay yourself.

How do I apply ?

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