disparities by region

They are a pretty turquoise blue, they crisscross the towns and the countryside, cross vineyards and salt marshes to meet middle school and high school students with the mission of informing them of the range of possibilities. These are the “Orientibuses” of the Pays de la Loire region, five information and vocational guidance centers on wheels which travel every day from one school to another. It is in fact the regions that have been entrusted with informing students from secondary school on trades and training, a little-known consequence of the law on student guidance and success (ORE) of March 8, 2018. At a time when high school students are called upon to express their wishes on Parcoursup, what have they done to help their young people find the best orientation?

In February 2020, almost two years after the law was passed, the Court of Auditors published a “first assessment of access to higher education” within the framework of the ORE law in which the magistrates stressed that the regions have “Not yet started to structure this new mission”. Five months later, an information report on the evaluation of access to higher education, produced by the deputies Régis Juanico and Nathalie Sarles, underlined strong disparities between the territories.

At a minimum, the thirteen metropolitan regions have set up a website on which pupils, apprentices and students can find training offers, guidance advice, videos presenting training and trades. But, already, the information is not the same for everyone. For example: high school students in Hauts-de-France will find out on the region’s site, Prochorientation.fr, the training offers from Dunkirk to the south of the Oise. But not beyond.

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While Ile-de-France residents can consult on Oriane. info all the offers in the Paris region, but also the content published by the National Office for Information on Education and Professions (Onisep) which has been digitized and integrated into the regional site. They have direct access to the entire national training offer.

To add interaction between its site and those who consult it, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region has integrated on Orientation-regionsud.fr an online discussion space (chat), which allows students and families to be guided. in the maze of training offers. Finally, since January 2020, a telephone platform has been set up on which it is possible to discuss with one of the four telephone advisers in a territory with 250,000 secondary students. As for Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, it has duplicated its site on a mobile application. “If we want them [les élèves] talk, you have to be where they are ”, estimates Stéphanie Pernod Beaudon, vice-president of the region, in charge of vocational training.

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