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📄 Source:MENESR-DEPP.

 Coverage:Whole of France (Metropolitan France, overseas departments (DOM), French Polynesia and New Caledonia). All higher education institutions under the responsibility of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and whose role is to provide higher educatioio

Trainee: the notion of a ‘trainee’ corresponds to one enrolment, rather than to one natural person. A natural person may be enrolled on more than one course and is counted separately for each course on which they are enrolled.

Trainee hours: this unit of measurement corresponds to the number of trainees multiplied by the average duration of training programmes. There is a distinction between ‘teaching’ trainee hours, which correspond to students’ face-to-face contact time at an educational institution, and trainee hours that include time spent on practical placements.

The notion of validation of professional skills (Validation des Acquis Professionnels – VAP) is defined in Decree No. 85-906 of 23 August 1985 and allows students to apply to enrol on a course that leads to a qualification, even if they do not hold the previous qualification normally required to attend that course.

The notion of validation of learning from experience (Validation des Acquis de l’Expérience – VAE) was established by the French Law on Social Modernisation no. 2002-73 of 17 January 2002 in Article L613-3 of the French Education Code. It allows higher education institutions to award part or all of a national vocational diploma to applicants who can demonstrate three years of relevant proven professional experience (Decree no. 2002-590 of 24 April 2002).

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In 2012, 481,000 trainees attended continuing education programmes at higher education institutions – an increase of nearly 3% year on year. 82,800 qualifications were awarded for continuing education programmes, 53,700 of which were State-regulated national diplomas. However, higher education accounted for only 2% (€404 million) of the total turnover from continuing education, a fall of 2% in comparison with 2011.

In 2012, turnover of continuing education programmes within the higher education sector fell by 2% in current euros, despite a 3% rise in the number of trainees. The 481,000 trainees benefited from a stable volume of trainee hours: 55 million teaching hours and 68 million including time spent on practical placements (table 18.01). Continuing education programmes at higher education institutions accounted for only a small proportion of all vocational training in France: 2.8% of turnover, 2% of trainees and 6% of trainee hours in 2012 according to the Directorate for Research, Studies, and Statistics (Direction de l’animation de la recherche, des études et des statistiques – DARES) and the Directorate for Evaluation, Forward Studies and Performance (Direction de l’évaluation, de la prospective et de la performance – DEPP). Funding from private sources, whether businesses or individuals, accounted for 66% of the continuing education resources available to educational institutions (an increase of one percentage point in comparison with 2011), while State funding fell to 25% of the total. The proportion of funding from private sources reached 72% for universities, while State funding fell to 21% (table 18.02).

In the case of universities, turnover of continuing education remained stable in relation to 2011, although the number of students enrolled increased by 4% and the volume of trainee hours by 1%. The National Centre of Industrial Art and Design (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers – CNAM) saw a rise of 1% in the number of ‘auditeur’ (individuals enrolled to attend lectures) hours, but its turnover fell by 2% and its volume of trainee hours by 1%. The average duration of training programmes fell by 5 hours to 114 teaching hours and 141 hours including time spent on practical placements.

University technology institutes (Instituts universitaires de technologie – IUT) accounted for 34% of the trainees on level III and II continuing education programmes at universities (24,600 trainees). They represented 15% of students enrolled on a course working towards a national diploma and 46% of vocational training contracts signed between universities and companies.

In 2012, 44% of the 302,600 students enrolled on continuing education programmes at universities (excluding the 66,6000 who enrolled for public lectures) were trainees in employment who were enrolled on the basis of a range of different schemes (including training programmes, vocational training contracts and personal training leave) and 13% were jobseekers. These proportions were unchanged in relation to 2011. Self-funding trainees (individuals excluding those enrolled on public lectures) accounted for nearly one in three of the students enrolled (32%) (chart 18.03). A third of those who were not in employment and were enrolled on a continuing education programme received no financial assistance.

In 2012, as in 2011, more than half of the trainees were working towards either a national diploma or qualification (30%) or a university diploma (22%), reflecting the increasing appeal of longer-term courses leading to a qualification. Short training courses leading to a qualification (lasting on average 27 hours) increased by three percentage points and accounted for 26% of students enrolled, while the numbers of students attending lectures on cultural topics fell by four points to 17% of those enrolled (chart 18.05).

The number of qualifications awarded as part of a university continuing education programme increased by 12% in 2012. 63% (52,200) of the 82,800 qualifications awarded were national diplomas. Of these, 46% were level II qualifications (general and vocational Bachelor’s degrees), 33% were level I qualifications (Master’s degrees and engineering diplomas), 12% were level IV qualifications and 9% were level III qualifications, primarily university technology diplomas (Diplômes universitaires de technologie – DUT) (table 18.04).

In 2012, as in previous years, continuing education qualifications accounted for 10% of all diplomas awarded by universities. However, this percentage exceeded 30% in the case of vocational Bachelor’s degrees (Licences professionnelles – LP).

Validation of learning from experience provided another means by which students were able to use their professional experience to gain a qualification. Since 2002, this option has become more widespread within higher education (universities and the CNAM), in addition to the validation of professional skills (1985 Decree), which allows students to enrol on a course even if they do not hold the qualifications normally required to do so. In 2012, around 4,000 of such validations were awarded, allowing students to obtain all or part of a qualification, 59% of which were full.

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 Coverage:Whole of France (Metropolitan France, overseas departments (DOM), French Polynesia and New Caledonia). All higher education institutions under the responsibility of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and whose role is to provide higher educatioio

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GRILLE Joëlle. Continuing education programmes at higher education institutions. In: Higher education & research in France, facts and figures - 49 indicators [online]. KABLA-LANGLOIS Isabelle (dir.). Paris: Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, 2015. 8th ed. Chapter 18, 46-47 [Accessed 06/19/2019]. ISBN 978-2-11-139433-9. https://publication.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/eesr/8EN/EESR8EN_ES_18-continuing_education_programmes_at_higher_education_institutions.php

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Trainee: the notion of a ‘trainee’ corresponds to one enrolment, rather than to one natural person. A natural person may be enrolled on more than one course and is counted separately for each course on which they are enrolled.

Trainee hours: this unit of measurement corresponds to the number of trainees multiplied by the average duration of training programmes. There is a distinction between ‘teaching’ trainee hours, which correspond to students’ face-to-face contact time at an educational institution, and trainee hours that include time spent on practical placements.

The notion of validation of professional skills (Validation des Acquis Professionnels – VAP) is defined in Decree No. 85-906 of 23 August 1985 and allows students to apply to enrol on a course that leads to a qualification, even if they do not hold the previous qualification normally required to attend that course.

The notion of validation of learning from experience (Validation des Acquis de l’Expérience – VAE) was established by the French Law on Social Modernisation no. 2002-73 of 17 January 2002 in Article L613-3 of the French Education Code. It allows higher education institutions to award part or all of a national vocational diploma to applicants who can demonstrate three years of relevant proven professional experience (Decree no. 2002-590 of 24 April 2002).

 

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Number of trainees accepted in university continuing education
481,297
 interns
2012
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Turnover of university continuing education
404 M
 
2012
Whole of France
 
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Number of Vocational bachelor's degrees awarded in continuing education
14,125
 diplomas
2012
Whole of France
 
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Number of Master's degrees awarded in continuing education
14,525
 diplomas
2012
Whole of France
 
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Number of diplomas awarded in continuing education
53,661
 diplomas
2012
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18.01 General data on continuing education programmes at higher education institutions in 2011 and 2012

 
2011 2012
Turnover (in €M) Trainees Teaching trainee hours (in millions) Trainee hours including time spent on a practical placement (in millions) Turnover (in €M) Trainees Teaching trainee hours (in millions) Trainee hours including time spent on a practical placement (in millions)
Universities, universities of technology and national polytechnical institutes 258 355,797 36.5 48.5 258 369,223 36.7 48.9
Engineering schools and other institutions overseen by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research 32 21,762 2.6 3.2 33 22,220 2.4 2.9
Total 290 377,559 39.1 51.7 291 391,443 39.1 51.8
CNAM and associated regional centres (Regional Association for the National Centre of Industrial Art and Design) 121 89,008 16.7 16.8 113 89,854 16.0 16.2
All university continuing education 411 466,567 55.8 68.5 404 481,297 55.1 68.0

 
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18.02 Source of turnover in 2012 (in €M)

 
Universities, universities of technology and national polytechnical institutes Engineering schools and other institutions CNAM and associated regional centres (Regional Association for the National Centre of Industrial Art and Design) Total
2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012
Value Distribution (%)
Companies 72.0 75.9 12.1 11.5 38.8 36.7 123.0 124.2 31
Accredited fund-collecting agencies (OPCA) 46.4 50.0 3.7 4.0 8.2 7.0 58.3 61.0 15
Sub-total for companies and OPCAs 118.4 125.9 15.8 15.5 47.0 43.7 181.2 185.1 46
Individuals and trainees 63.0 59.3 5.4 5.7 16.2 17.2 84.6 82.2 20
Sub-total for sources of private funding 181.4 185.3 21.2 21.2 63.3 60.9 265.9 267.3 66
Public authorities: for training their employees 15.9 13.8 3.1 3.9 0.9 1.1 19.9 18.9 5
Public authorities: for training specific groups 38.6 34.4 1.6 1.6 44.2 40.4 84.4 76.4 19
Regional councils 31.4 30.8 0.5 0.5 28.7 28.5 60.7 59.7 15
Other state resources including the Pôle emploi (State-run job centre) 3.2 4.9 0.1 0.1 3.1 1.8 6.4 6.9 2
Sub-total for sources of public funding 57.7 53.2 4.8 5.6 48.2 43.3 110.7 102.1 25
Other training organisations 8.3 9.6 3.5 3.6 5.4 4.5 17.3 17.7 4
Other resources (including VAE) 10.6 10.4 2.6 2.5 4.5 4.7 17.6 17.6 4
Total resources 258.0 258.5 32.1 32.8 121.4 113.4 411.5 404.7 100

 
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18.03 Distribution of trainees on continuing education programmes (excluding individuals enrolled for public lectures) at universities, universities of technology and national polytechnical institutes by type (%)

Training programme
Personal training leave
Vocational training contracts
Jobseekers receiving financial assistance
Other jobseekers
Fee-paying individuals (excluding those enrolled on public lectures)
Other (self-employed professionals and traders)
  
2011
2012
 
 
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18.04 National diplomas awarded for continuing education programmes in 2011 and 2012 by type of institution

 
Universities, universities of technology and national polytechnical institutes Engineering schools and other institutions CNAM and associated regional centres (Regional Association for the National Centre of Industrial Art and Design) Total
2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012
Capacité en droit (basic legal qualification) 428 326 428 326
Diploma giving access to university studies (DAEU) 5,135 6,003 5,135 6,003
Total level IV qualifications 5,563 6,329 5,563 6,329
DUT 2,426 2,157 19 24 2,445 2,181
Level III qualifications listed in the National Repository of Professional Certifications (RNCP) 1,289 377 13 0 482 617 1,784 994
Total level III qualifications 3,715 2,534 13 501 641 4,229 3,175
Bachelor's degree (Licence) 3,524 3,738 5 997 1,877 4,526 5,615
Vocational Bachelor's degree (Licence professionnelle) 12,165 13,828 2 499 392 12,664 14,222
First year of a Master's degree, Master's degree awarded by a vocational university institute (IUP), Master's degree in science and techniques, Master's degree in management sciences, Master's degree in business IT 2,269 2,997 2,269 2,997
Level II qualifications listed in the RNCP 457 516 15 1,159 1,569 1,616 2,100
Total level II qualifications 18,415 21,079 5 17 2,655 3,838 21,075 24,934
Vocational Master's degree 7,275 7,422 8 11 7,283 7,433
Master's degree in engineering 82 70 70 150 152 220
Master's degree by research 621 551 7 7 628 558
Master's degree 4,675 5,905 15 6 466 396 5,156 6,307
Master of business and administration 159 181 537 316 696 497
Engineering diplomas (including CNAM engineers) 598 290 195 273 463 408 1,256 971
Level I qualifications listed in the RNCP 1,008 1,049 11 143 434 491 1,453 1,658
PhD 103 70 57 49 160 119
All level I qualifications 14,521 15,538 843 906 1,420 1,344 16,784 17,788
All qualifications 42,214 45,480 861 923 4,576 5,823 47,651 52,226

 
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18.05 Distribution of trainees on continuing education programmes by type of diploma prepared (%)

National diplomas and qualifications listed in the National Repository of Professional Certifications (RNCP)
University diploma
Short courses
Public lectures
Support services (VAE, assessments, other)
  
2011
2012
 
 
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 Note d'information DEPP 14.43 - La validation des acquis de l'expérience (VAE) dans les établissements d'enseignement supérieur en 2013 - Sandrine Prost-Dambélé - December 2014
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 Note d'information DEPP 14.30 - La formation continue universitaire en 2012 - Joëlle Grille - September 2014
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Etat de l'enseignement supérieur et de la rechercheHigher education & research in France, facts and figures 10th edition - June 2017
24 - continuing education programmes in higher education institutions - Joëlle Grille
In 2014, continuing education programmes at higher education institutions achieved a turnover of 455 million euros, a rise of 6.5% compared to 2013, in current euros. It represents less than 2% of vocational education turnover in France. 478,000 trainees attended and 89,000 qualifications were awarded, including 57,000 national diplomas [Consult the following page]
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19 - continuing education programmes at higher education institutions - Joëlle Grille
In 2013, continuing education programmes at higher education institutions achieved a turnover of 427 million euros, a rise of 5% compared to 2012, in current euros. It represents less than 2% of vocational education turnover in France. 477,300 trainees attended and 82,800 qualifications were awarded, including 56,200 national diplomas [Consult the following page]

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 Etat de l'enseignement supérieur et de la rechercheL'état de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche en France n°8 - juin 2015
18 - la formation continue dans l’enseignement supérieur - Joëlle Grille
En 2012, la formation continue dans l’enseignement supérieur a accueilli 481 000 stagiaires. C’est une progression de près de 3 % sur un an. Elle a délivré 82 800 diplômes dont 53 700 diplômes nationaux. Mais, avec 404 millions d’euros, en recul de 2 % par rapport à 2011, l’enseignement supérieur ne représente que 2 % du chiffre d’affaires de la formation continue [Consult the following page in french]


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