Summary
BRGM has been involved for several years in training young people through internships or work-study contracts. We work in partnership with schools to develop training through experience in companies.

BRGM offers work-study programmes in many areas of activity, for people with technical diplomas (BTS) to those with school-leaving certificates and 5 years of higher education (BAC+5) throughout France. For several years now, the number of work-study students at BRGM has been steadily increasing, with 51 work-study contracts in 2020.

Every year, BRGM takes between 100 and 150 trainees from different schools and universities, for internships lasting from a few weeks to 6 months, in mainland France, the French overseas territories or in other countries.

Using high resolution liquid chromatography

The advantages were the chance to learn different skills in a healthy and caring work environment. Work in the field allowed me to put into practice the skills I had acquired during my studies. I was able to fit into the company quickly and I really appreciated the team spirit.

Extract from a survey conducted among BRGM's work-study students.
Results of the 2020 satisfaction survey on work-study programmes at BRGM

Results of the 2020 satisfaction survey on work-study programmes at BRGM.

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Work-study students and trainees satisfied with their experience at BRGM

For its first participation, BRGM received the “Happy Trainees” label in 2020, which rewards the quality of the orientation and integration of work-study students and trainees. This survey was conducted by ChooseMyCompany among trainees and work-study students in more than 3,300 companies in France.

At BRGM, the survey was offered to 93 trainees and work-study students. More than 50% of them participated. In order to obtain the label, BRGM obtained a score of more than 3.8/5, with a recommendation rate of more than 75%.

Furthermore, following an internal survey aimed at the 42 work-study students present in 2019-2020, more than 90% of the 32 respondents said they were satisfied with their work-study experience.

Drilling at the BRGM geothermal platform, Orléans

Undertaking a work-study programme at BRGM

BRGM offers work-study programmes in many areas of activity, for people with technical diplomas (BTS) to those with school-leaving certificates and 5 years of higher education (BAC+5) throughout France. For several years now, the number of work-study students at BRGM has been steadily increasing.
Number of work-study students recruited at BRGM - evolution from 2016 to 2020

Number of work-study students recruited at BRGM - evolution from 2016 to 2020.

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Work-study training allows you to prepare for a degree while discovering what it’s like to work. This provides a practical and theoretical balance for an increase in skills thanks to training by the company's in-house tutors.

Work-study programmes are an integral part of BRGM's mission of transmitting knowledge, with both educational and civic objectives. BRGM is committed to the development and professional training of tomorrow's talents by integrating young talent into its teams.

BRGM offers work-study programmes in many areas of activity, for people with technical diplomas (BTS) to those with school-leaving certificates and 5 years of higher education (BAC+5) throughout France. For several years now, the number of work-study employees at BRGM has been steadily increasing, with 51 work-study contracts signed in 2020. Every year we take part in recruitment forums in schools to reach out to candidates.

With the desire to be a receptive public establishment, we are stepping up our efforts to recruit work-study students with disabilities (dedicated recruitment fairs, disability gateways in schools and universities).

3D modelling techniques at BRGM
  • 51.00
    work-study students in 2020

  • 90.00
    %
    work-study students and trainees satisfied with their experience at BRGM

Advantages

Taking a work-study course at BRGM means that you would be joining an establishment recognised for its know-how and work in Europe and internationally for both scientific research in general and the study of surface and subsurface formations in particular. It is an establishment with a role for a wide range of professions with branches throughout France.

Your public transport pass will be reimbursed for 50% of your daily commuting expenses. If your family home is far from your training centre or place of work, you may be eligible for transport assistance, provided you can provide the corresponding receipts. You may also receive assistance with accommodation costs, subject to supporting documents, depending on the distance between your school, your home and your place of work.

In Orléans, you can enjoy your meals in the company canteen. BRGM subsidises part of the cost of the meals, the rest is at your expense. In the regions, BRGM allows you to benefit from restaurant vouchers for up to 1 ticket per day worked.

Once you have worked with us for six months, you will be entitled to the advantages offered by our Works Council (CSE) (holiday rentals, sports and cultural activities, ticket office, Universal Employment Services (CESU) vouchers, holiday vouchers). You will also benefit from a company savings plan (PEE), a mutual insurance company and a provident fund.

In a work-study programme, you benefit from the same paid holidays as other employees. Under an apprenticeship contract, you are also entitled to 5 extra days in the month before your exams to prepare for them.

Working hours at BRGM are 39 hours a week, with the acquisition of Reduction of Working Time (RTT) days calculated pro-rata according to the amount of time you have spent in the establishment. Both RTT days and holidays should be planned in collaboration with your tutor or manager.

A work-study contract entitles you to remuneration from BRGM. Remuneration depends on your age, the degree or diploma which you are reading for and the nature of the contract (apprenticeship or professionalisation). At BRGM, we spread your 13th month remuneration over the work-study year. Depending on BRGM's results, you may also benefit from a profit-sharing bonus.

3D scanning of a cliff, Criel-sur-Mer

Doing an internship at BRGM

Every year, BRGM takes between 100 and 150 trainees from different schools and universities, for internships lasting from a few weeks to 6 months, in mainland France, the French overseas territories or in other countries.

Internships offer trainees the opportunity to apply the knowledge, methods and techniques acquired during their theoretical training in a hands-on immersion in the company. It is also an opportunity to discover the specific features of BRGM and to gain personal insight into what makes our company so rich and unique.

This internship at BRGM will therefore be an opportunity for you to work on a real project and to help us achieve it. This means you will be sharing the life of BRGM employees for some time. Your internship tutor will be your privileged contact to facilitate your integration and guide you throughout your stay at BRGM. This period of internship will require you to be disciplined, dynamic, pro-active, willing to learn new things and be committed.

Taking samples of river water, French Guiana
  • 100.00
    to 150
    trainees every year

Advantages

For all internships lasting more than two months during the same school year, you will receive a monthly gratuity corresponding to the legal minimum. This training allowance is exempt from income tax up to the annual amount of the minimum legal wage (SMIC).

Your public transport pass will be reimbursed for 50% of your daily commuting expenses. You may be entitled to reimbursement of accommodation costs, in the case of double accommodation, up to a maximum amount per month, less the personalised housing benefit (APL).

In Orléans, you can enjoy your meals in the company canteen. BRGM subsidises part of the cost, the rest is at your expense. In regions, you benefit from restaurant vouchers.

As a BRGM trainee, you can benefit from certain social and cultural activities through the Works Council (CSE). You will be able to take part in the Art and Culture omnisports and leisure clubs for a pro-rata fee according to the duration of your course.