Apprenticeship contracts now open to 30 year olds

Apprenticeship contracts, which until now have been restricted to people under the age of 25, are now open for everyone up until the age of 30.


What is an apprenticeship contract ?

The apprenticeship contract is a written contract of limited duration (CDD) or of indefinite duration (CDI) between an employee and an employer.


It allows the apprentice to undergo an in-company training under the responsibility of a master apprentice and an apprenticeship training centre (CFA) for a period of 1 to 3 years.


Decree of the 20th of March 2017

The decree published on the  20th of March 2017 has given two new regions the opportunity of experimenting with extending the age range for people wishing to enter apprenticeships. As a result of the new decree, the Ile-de-France and Occitania have been added to those regions which have already explored this opportunity.


The complete list of regions who have extended apprenticeship contracts to 30 year olds is as follows:


  • Bretagne
  • Bourgogne-France-Comté
  • Centre-Val de Loire
  • Grand Est
  • Hauts-de-France
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Ile-de-France
  • Occitanie
  • Pays-de-la-Loire


In all other regions, apprenticeship contracts cannot be signed beyond the age of 25.


The aim of these contracts is to enable young people, especially those who are particularly distant from employment, to access apprenticeship schemes.
If this test proves to be effective, access to apprenticeship contracts for all ages up to 30 year olds will be extended to all regions from 2020 onwards.