Choose one’s Professional Future and Sandwich Training in Higher Education: Experiences and Perspectives from CFA University in Corsica

Christophe Storaï (Senior lecturer in Economics and Director of the Corsica-region University-sponsored Placements & Apprenticeships Service [CFA UNIV], University Institute of Technology Corsica, UMR LISA 6234 – University of Corsica)
Laetitia Rinieri (Vocational training and school-to-work transition engineer, Corsica-region University-sponsored Placements & Apprenticeships Service [CFA UNIV], Campus Grimaldi, Bât PPDB, 20250 Corte, France)


In France, the field of lifelong learning has undergone many changes since 2014 according to the laws that have been promulgated. While the reform on vocational training for employment and social democracy finalized the decentralization of vocational training by giving regions the means for a more coherent action and placed them as a pilot for the construction of training policies, the recent law for the freedom to choose one's professional future recentralises the regulation of continuing vocational training and sandwich courses. This development will not fail to impact the governance of the CFA, especially those of Higher Education anchored in the small territories. Faced with this major structural issue in the specific context of a small island economy, the University Center for Apprenticeship Training in the Corsican region strives, for a decade, to contribute to the enhancement of the professional integration of work-study students from the University of Corsica, by the development and the durability of determining factors characteristic of a small territorial area in search of structuration. After having highlighted the qualitative results resulting from the activity dynamics of the CFA University in Corsica, this contribution will analyze the perspectives drawn from the exemplary nature of the latter in the context of a new law that is supposed to contribute to the regional structuring of a knowledge and competence economy.


Higher Education; Sandwich training; Occupational integration; Vocational training; Regional construction of an economy of knowledge and competence

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