Being an apprentice

Apprenticeship is a training programme which enables to acquire new knownledge and skills in an academic context while pursuing a job in a company.

Beyond the acquisition of skills and immediate experience offered by apprenticeship, another major advantage is that apprentices Don’t have to pay any admission fees. Indeed, in addition to the payment of a salary, the employer – not the apprentice – pays for the academic programme.

Studying as an apprentice means increasing bouth theoretical knowledge and practical professional experience. The academic program is structured so as to support apprenticeship. Each IMERIR programme is designed that way. More than a mere student, the apprentice is a valued company employee, with the according status and salary.

The world of work is at the cor of IMERIR pedagogy. For instance, 20% of our courses are delivered by visiting teachers practising professionally in the field they teach. This is a guarantee of adequacy and relevance. Moreover, the academic programme orientations are decided in collaboration with our partner companies.

Student vs Apprentice: what difference?

The only difference between students and apprentices lies in students being assigned school projects or having to fullfill some interships while apprentices are visiting their employing companies. As a result, students spend more hours practising project management under the supervision of faculty members. It is the apprentice tutor’s responsibility to assign project management tasks to the apprentice while at the company.

For additional details, please check The apprenticeship contract ; the apprenticeship contract with

Exams and diploma

The exams were passed at the same time by all the students. The Diploma of the school is obtained for all under the same conditions:

  • a passing average grade in each of the departments and no individual course with a failing grade,
  • internship or apprenticeship validated by the company,
  • thesis and oral defense before a jury.