Industrial placements take centre stage
Studying one of Esepac’s packaging courses with industrial placements (apprenticeship or professional training contract) is a great way to begin your career in packaging. Esepac offers sandwich courses with work placements (and also full-time courses) in order to enable our students to see how the knowledge of theory they have acquired measures up to the reality of business, and to enable them to develop genuine professional skills.
What is a placement student?
A placement student (apprenticeship or professional training contract) is employed on a fixed-term contract by a business which seconds him or her to the school for his or her education. The student thus benefits from the same advantages as other employees of the company and is subject to the same rules regarding annual leave.
Which businesses recruit placement students?
Placements can be found with all types of businesses, ranging from packaging manufacturers to packaging distributors and users, from SMEs to multinationals, throughout France and in all types of industries.
Let us mention just a few of our industrial partners:
- Perfumery/cosmetics sector: Shiseido, Guerlain, Yves Rocher, Dior, Kenzo, Puig (Paco Rabanne)
- Pharmacy sector: MSD Chibret, Biomérieux, Lilly, Bayer, GSK, Aventis
- Agri-business sector: Souchon d’Auvergne, Nestlé, Moët & Chandon, Masterfood, Pasquier, Bongrain, Royal Canin,
- Cardboard and plastics sectors: Leygatech, International Paper, Barbier, VelfortPlast, Smurfit Kappa, Adine
- Other: Auchan, Décathlon, Renault Trucks…
What is the balance between time in school and in business?
Students spend approximately 40% of their time in school and 60% in business, alternating approximately every 7-8 weeks. In addition to this there is a 12 week period for Licence (Bachelor) and first year Master students, and 5 months for second year Master students.
How do businesses recruit their students?
Esepac carries out interviews and placement tests, then provides successful students with a list of job offers and supplies businesses with a list of students’ CVs.
Candidates apply for a job (or the business contacts them), evaluation interviews are held, and then an apprenticeship or professional training contract is signed.