Keys To Success – Programmes available by apprenticeships

Since 2007, Montpellier Business School has decided to allow access to work experience to all students, whatever their background. After 7 years, the school has now 850 students in work experience, 80% of which were in their final year of their programmes. It has proved to be an innovative solution in higher education to lift the financials restraints of academic fees and develop experience, ensuring employability even in times of crisis, and an initiative without which many students would not have opted for such long studies.

Apprenticeships are one of the major policies of Montpellier Business School in favour of diversity and equal opportunities. It provides a program allowing the students to work for 3 weeks in a company (in France and abroad) and 1 week studying for an endorsed, internationally recognised diploma, while receiving a salary and without paying tuition. True employees of the company, recruited through processes prominent in any type of business or function, these students have benefited from the personalised support of work experience counsellors, HR professionals, able to direct them to the market and guide them through their research until the signing of their study contracts. 

Aurélia Grino, work experience advisor, said: “I joined the apprenticeship service at Montpellier Business School in June as a councillor. My mission is to help the students. We do upstream and downstream work of signing employment contracts. Upstream on the professional contract of the student, the process of finding their work experience, optimising their CV and covering letter… We give them the necessary tools to find the job that fits their needs. But it doesn’t stop there. Once the contract is signed, we follow the student’s assignments and changes through interviews with the student and with their boss. We’ve also introduced an online monitoring tool, an e-learning book, whereby the student and the boss make quarterly entries on accomplishments and skills developed. We’ve created a relationship of trust between ourselves and those on work experience and we are all very proud.”

At the beginning of 2015, Montpellier Business School would like to thank all the businesses that support with the development of policies to promote equal opportunities and diversity.