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Nantes Shanghai Pune São Paulo Montréal

Vocational Training Center dedicated to Design and Innovation (CFA)

A professional approach to design education through apprenticeship

Vocational Training Center for Creation and Innovation (CFA) of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique has 4 main goals:

  • helping students become apprentices in creation-and-innovation-related professions,
  • enabling companies to integrate design and develop their creative teams,
  • to enable students to draw a training path composed of periods of schooling and work-study,
  • improving the employability of young graduates

Within its area of expertise, the Vocational Training Center aims to train designers with sufficient professional skills to find their own voice in the job market in no time.

To do so, the Vocational Training Center has implemented:

  • a platform for helping vocational students find an apprenticeship (the Vocational Training Center identifies 60% of the companies that employ its apprentices), jointly run by our institution and related partners (Maison de l’emploi, Missions locales, PAIO, CIO, ONISEP);
  • an individual follow-up complemented with one-to-one tutoring sessions, a mark-book and a close relationship with each host company;
  • the admission of disabled students, so far as their disability is compatible with the practical requirements of the professions they will be trained for. The AGEFIPH, a French private organisation working for the employment of disabled people, offers real resources to companies and schools eager to combine disability with apprenticeship;
  • pedagogical programs leading exclusively to state-controlled and recognized diplomas.
  • the ERASMUS+ program dedicated to apprentices, which allows them to go on an internship for one semester after graduation, in a European company.

Relying on a network of companies, local authorities and prescribers woven by the school, the Vocational Training Center has organized a number of valued exchanges (symposiums, training sessions, exhibitions, company visits, vocational student exchanges...). Its connections with the business and educational world are ceaselessly increasing. Training courses in apprenticeship are implemented by joint educational teams, through partnerships with several local higher education institutions and vocational training centers (L’École Supérieure du Bois, the University Institute of Technology of Nantes, the University Institute of Technology of La Roche-sur-Yon).

Stéphane Gouret
Deputy Director

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