Employment, Education and Training

Responsible for education, professional training and career orientation, the Region is behind innovative initiatives to ensure its 226,000 high school students, 34,000 apprentices and 233,000 students are able to achieve success. Our aim is to guarantee equality of opportunity and optimum educational conditions, while increasing access to training and employment and getting young people involved in regional policies.

The Region is scheduling a €1 billion investment plan through 2021 in order to renovate and build new high schools, apprenticeship training centres (CFAs), sports vocational training centres (CREPs) and health and social care training centres. The Region also eases the financial burden on students and their families by providing free textbooks, basic equipment, reading and sports materials, and helping students to fund computer purchases. All these aid schemes are available via the Carte Jeune Region.

Launched in March 2017, the “Apprenticeship Development Plan” aims to achieve a target of 40,000 apprentices over the next 5 years (an additional 1,200 per year), to strengthen the quality of training provided and optimise the transition into the world of work.

The Region intends to offer quality training programmes for current vocations and for the careers of tomorrow. Along with the French government and social partner organisations, the Region signed up to the Regional Development Plan for Professional Training and Guidance (CPRDFOP) in March 2017. In June, the regional training scheme for health and social care will become a part of the CPRDFOP.

As a leading voice in higher education, research and innovation, the Region encourages innovation via research and promotes access to higher education for its young people. In 2017, the Region adopted its own Regional Blueprint for Higher Education, Research and Innovation (SRESRI), a cornerstone of the Regional Strategy for Employment and Growth (SREC).

Regional Policies

Youth & Education

The Region plays a key role in the success of its young people, providing them with the best conditions for study and ensuring equality of opportunity.

  • Construction of ten new high schools (five of which fall under the 2016-2021 Medium-term Investment Plan).
  • Moving forward with renovation schemes in high schools (building extensions, improving safety and accessibility, etc.).
  • Improving education conditions, especially via optimising the use of digital resources
  • Establishment of a new Youth Regional Council
  • Aid for families in financial difficulty (regional aid fund for school meals access)

Key Facts:

Introduction of the “Carte Jeune”, which covers a number of Regional benefit programmes:

  • free school textbooks
  • literary aid
  • sports aid
  • regional bursary for basic materials
  • help with purchasing a computer
  • transport, lodging and meals for apprentices
  • and many other aid programmes.
Employment, Professional Training and Apprenticeship

The Region aims to accelerate young people’s progress towards the job market, boosting employment and economic growth.

  • Increasing the number of apprentices: 40,000 apprentices over the next five years
  • Supporting employers who take on apprentices
  • Broadening the influence of the École régionale du Numérique for digital studies throughout the region
  • Moving ahead with the Emergency Employment Plan (national plan to get an additional 500,000 jobseekers into a training course)
  • Establishing a localised and efficient regional career orientation service (SPRO)

Key Facts:

  • Almost 35,000 aid packages have been awarded to apprentices and their families
  • Almost 15,000 companies benefit from Regional aid packages to promote the recruitment of apprentices
  • In 2015, 50,000 jobseekers received training (1/3 young people under 25, 2/3 adults)
  • Over 550 training institutes have been approved for the Region’s medium-term training programme
  • The Region fully covers the educational cost of training “web developers” at the École Régionale du Numérique digital training institute
  • 30,000 extra places in training schemes will be financed for jobseekers (in addition to 60,000 training programmes already financed)
Higher Eduction, Research and Innovation

The Region supports young people by enhancing the diversity and quality of post-high school options on offer. Regional aid also comes in the form of support for research institutions, in order to boost economic development

  • Equality of access to higher education
  • Spreading innovation through every local district
  • Promoting and enhancing public research

Key Facts:

  • 19,000 students trained for jobs in the aeronautics and space sector per year
  • 15 competitive clusters
  • 106 schools offering health and social care training
  • 3,400 receiving bursaries in the health and social care sector
  • €5.558 billion invested in research and development
  • Over 29,400 researchers