10th anniversary for apprenticeship training at UTC

End September 2018, UTC celebrated the 10th anniversary for apprenticeship engineering courses at UTC. This engineering school has a team devoted exclusively to the apprenticeship scheme and invests a huge amount of tile and efforts, especially in communication targeting candidates’ parents. Below Interactions relates some significant examples of apprenticeship graduates enjoying excellent careers.

10th anniversary for apprenticeship training at UTC

The association of UTC apprentices, Apprenteam, organized an especially friendly, games-oriented, Saturday event (Sept 22) with quizzes and role play sequences offered to the one hundred graduates, academics and members of the apprenticeship staff. Numerous graduate witnessed how they had fared in this engineer training course by apprenticeship that UTC proposes, covering three years of the five years needed to gain engineering diploma. “The first class (that of 2008) are all now professional engineers and well-place with their respective companies. We would be wrong to imagine that student life ends after the apprenticeship phase and, quite often, we see the graduates going for a PhD thesis, for example”, recalls  

Karine Sliwak, who is in charge of the UTC apprenticeship engineer’s’ scheme at UTC is happy each year to answer the great many questions from companies who ‘adore’ UTC graduates in general and the UTC apprentices even more. “The issues lie more with the students and their families. The vison they have of apprenticeships is not always positive; what they perceive is manual, poorly qualified, work”. Admission to the UTC apprenticeship is just as demanding as that for the normal engineering course. The future apprentices must be as satisfactory to the engineering school as they are to the companies that hire them. “There are very few engineering schools in France who place such an emphasis on the merits apprenticeship. The apprentices have access to an excellent training course delivered by the lecturer-cum-research scientists of UTC, with a three year professional experience that is engineer-oriented and also includes an internship international period with a minimum 3 months stay abroad”, details Karine Sliwak.

 

“I recommend training by apprenticeship which allows the future graduates from this scheme to acquire engineering skills gradually in an industrial context. Moreover, the future graduate is better prepared to enter the job market as soon as the training comes to an end and can face up to the requirements that are concomitant to this sort of training (responsibilities, efficiency, aptitude to managerial functions and management of change …)” Eric Eloundou Nyebe, 32 years old, Supply chain and Customer Support Manager with Air France Industries

Changing mentalities

One thing is for sure. The added-value of an apprenticeship for the students is the immediate professional experience they gain. When they come onto the job market that have already had a rich and wide-reaching experience. And they have a far better self-assurance. “As I see it, the experience had during my apprenticeship is better than through an internship, given that the missions and investigations were often far richer than in a simple internship period. An apprenticeship also allows you to better understand how a company operates; we are “integrated” over a much longer period of time”, witnesses  

Geoffroy Pagnoux, 30 years old, UTC graduate from the apprenticeship scheme, class of 2008.