Work experience is a great way of developing new skills and proving your potential. It will also improve your confidence and help you to meet future colleagues or employers. We believe work experience as one of the key things to do before committing to any big changes in your way of life…especially farming.
In France there are a number of options to get work experience. Our best advice to you would be to try and find the employer or company that inspires you the most. Work experience is a two way affair, reliant on both the employer and the trainee to make the most of time spent on the job. Below are some examples of the different types of work experience:
Part-time jobs – Paid work whilst you study .
Seasonal work – Most farms need a hand during the summer for the different harvests.
Lend a hand - Develop a relationship with a local farmer and offer to lend a hand from time to time. Often the best way to make contacts, although you have to take into account that you might not be covered for accident insurance!
Voluntary work – Gain valuable experience while contributing to your community. You can also do this as a Woofer (The farm provides food and accommodation) .
Apprentice Schemes – Set up by the government to aid job seekers. Get in touch with your local job centre!
We chose to do an EMT (see below). We also recommend you visit as many farms as possible and contact your local Chamber of Agriculture or GAB.
We did a workplace assessment at Kermabio.
The Workplace Assessment (EMT) focuses on assessing your skills and abilities with a duration of 70 to 80 hours. You are supervised individually by a tutor from the company. From the evaluation form, the job centre advisor will validate and enrich your professional profile and will suggest suitable vacancies. Key points:
Measure any differences between your skills and those of the job in question.
Discover the real conditions in the profession.
Check that your skills match those required by employers.
The employer gets remunerated.
You won’t be paid.
ADEMA Accès des Demandeurs d’Emploi aux Métiers Agricoles / Job Seeker Access to Agricultural Trades. This is a new scheme to provide job seekers with a 1 month work experience in Agriculture. The scheme is also renumerated – applicants who do not collect unemployment insurance are entitled to funding if they are present up to the end of the evaluation period. Some key points:
Free compensated vocational training up to 154 hours (22 days)
Three weeks in a company supervised by a tutor
A personalized trainer from ADEMA
An individualised assessment at the end of the training
A stepping stone to employment in agriculture and additional technical training