There are various regional or government subsidies to encourage apprenticeship contracts. The main ones are:
- a one-off lump sum payment made by the region, under certain conditions, to employers who take on an apprentice;
- the Bonus alternance (in the form of 1,000 EUR/year or more allocated to SMEs of less than 11 employees until the apprentice graduates or 1,000 EUR to all enterprises of less than 250 employees that sign an apprenticeship contract) offered since 2005 to companies that employ apprentices.
In addition to these subsidies, apprenticeship contracts are fully or partially exempt from social security charges, the costs of training apprentice supervisors are included in the legal training costs, and specific subsidies are granted for the recruitment of apprentices with disabilities. There is also a special financial support (aide TPE jeunes apprentis) addressed to small enterprises that enrol young apprentices under the age of 18.