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Training: in 2021 (more than ever before) , the apprenticeship tax is key

HYFLEX_ROOM_GEM : Formation: en 2021, la taxe d’apprentissage est plus que jamais déterminante
Publié le
11 Mars 2021

At Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), as elsewhere, the health crisis has resulted in drastic changes to our learning and teaching methods. Despite the past year’s challenges, the school has concentrated on maintaining its unparalleled level of excellence in the training it provides - which has paid off in the funding it has received. Why should you pay your apprenticeship tax to GEM, now more than ever?

Depuis janvier 2020, date de l'entrée en vigueur de la loi Avenir professionnel, les modalités d'attribution et l'esprit de la taxe d'apprentissage (égale à 0.68 % de la masse salariale), ont profondément évolué. Le versement du solde de 13 % s'effectue directement auprès des établissements de formation, tandis que 87 % sont alloués au financement de l'apprentissage (CFA).

Faced with the exceptional circumstances of the 2020-2021 academic year, GEM took action to adapt its programs, in both the Executive Education field and the Grande Ecole program, working closely with its partner companies.

Supporting educational innovation

Paying your apprenticeship tax to GEM means supporting educational innovation and high-quality training for your future employees at one of France's top 10 Grandes Ecole business schools. "In a context of crisis, GEM anticipated - with less than fifteen days' notice - a shift from in-person classes to 100% remote learning - a change that lasted several months. Their initial investment went into training the faculty in record time in order to bolster their acquisition of skills and learning digital tools for distance learning, including online learning platforms and applications," says Claire Galland, Director of Cooperative Education at GEM. The main goal was to ensure - whatever the cost - that the high quality of our programs was maintained, along with our high assessment standards, particularly during examinations administered remotely, all while adding new ways to work towards getting their degrees."

1.2 million euros invested in HyFlex rooms

In December 2020, after several months of 100% remote learning, GEM's board of directors chose to invest in hybrid education systems, their goal being to establish innovative teaching processes over time. "The school invested up 1.2 million euros in 2020 and 2021 in staff training and the creation of 32 hybrid classrooms, called "HyFlex rooms". This new system, which is currently being deployed on its French campuses, in Grenoble and Paris, makes it possible to give classes to various audiences, both remotely and in person, simultaneously. This technological and educational breakthrough gives us a taste of the new teaching methods that will be adopted in the post-Covid world," Claire Galland explains.

salle hyflex GEM

Bolstering the employability of future GEM graduates

The Covid-19 crisis has also provided an opportunity to create new partnerships with businesses, fostering a constructive dialogue so they can refine their list of training needs, namely via cooperative education programs. "In the current context, it's even more important to focus on the needs of the job market. Certain sectors that were already in high demand - such as information system management, data analysis and processing, digital transformation, innovation and adaptation to new consumption patterns - now require businesses' sustained financing in order to support these degree programs," Claire Galland explains. "Our programs place a strong focus on employability, as does our educational approach which focuses on the development of key skills through the acquisition of "skill sets" and certifications... whether in the form of continuing education or the Grande Ecole program."

Finally, in the harsh environment of the job market for future graduates, it is significant that cooperative education saw record growth of nearly 40% on the national scale between 2019 and 2020, thanks to a program introduced to incite businesses to recruit despite the crisis. "Today, recruiting a coop student represents a strong commitment by the company. This "agile" investment in training is a key way to support the education of young adults, and for the company it represents a way to give back to society," Claire Galland concludes.

How can you allocate your apprenticeship tax to GEM in 2021 ?

The way in which the apprenticeship tax is collected changed in 2020, due to the Loi Avenir Professionnel, which was designed to encourage professional development. In 2021, the apprenticeship tax is still equal to 0.68% of the contributing company's total payroll, (0.44% in Alsace-Moselle). This amount is divided into two portions:

  • 87% is allocated to the financing of apprenticeships (CFA), which resembles the former quota d'apprentissage (apprenticeship quota), and is paid to an OPCO - an approved vocational training organization (formerly OPCA), responsible for overseeing vocational training.
  • The remaining 13% may be allocated by the employer to a specific establishment, similar to the former hors-quota (additional payment). It is paid directly to an authorized training establishment chosen by the company.
  • In 2021, Grenoble Ecole de Management remains an authorized beneficiary of the apprenticeship tax. You can therefore allocate 13% of your apprenticeship tax directly to our institution (versus 23% since 2015). Grenoble Ecole de Management's accreditation code is: 0382778N. The apprenticeship tax can be paid between January 1st and May 31, 2021, by bank card, check or bank transfer.

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