Cantau College

Cantau college provides a wide range of courses:

  • Vocational: from the CAP to the vocational baccalauréat, further education, an apprenticeship or sandwich course, Cantau College educates young students in the construction sector
  • General and technological
  • Higher education: Cantau college also offers a wide range of Brevets de Technicien Supérieur (BTS) [Higher Technical Diploma], as well as a vocational degree, in the building and construction sector.

Throughout the year the school prepares more than 1,400 students spread across 80 courses for the jobs of the future, for guaranteed professional integration, and further studies in a higher education institution (Grandes écoles, universities, etc.).

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Arkinova - Lycée Cantau
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Arkinova - Lycée Cantau
© Côte Sud Photo
Arkinova - Lycée Cantau
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Fédération Compagnonnique des métiers du bâtiment

In 2013, La Fédération Compagnonnique des Métiers du Bâtiment (FCMB, Federation of Construction Professions) moved to its 'Cité de l'écoconstruction' at 3 allée Bellevue.

This ecological building was built on land made available by the Basque Coast–Adour Agglomeration in the form of a 40-year renewable building lease (1)

Here, over 500 people are trained in the construction professions (joinery, carpentry, roofing, tiling, industrial design, etc.): 40 ‘Compagnons’ and more than 450 young people and adults are enrolled in sandwich courses here. The qualifications available range from the Professional Aptitude Certificate (CAP) to an undergraduate degree, as well as a professional diploma and a professional qualification.

There are several study modes: apprenticeship contracts for 16-25 year olds, vocational training contracts, training financed by the Region for jobseekers, and vocational training for employees. 100% of apprentices trained at the Compagnons d'Anglet centre succeed in their exams. 80% of those (jobseekers in particular) completing an apprenticeship or professional training contract achieve a professional integration rate of over 70%.

(1) The Agglomeration contributed to its funding alongside the Region, the Departmental Council, the federation, and Ademe.

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Arkinova - Fédération Compagnonnique des Métiers du Bâtiment
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Founded in 1970, the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) is today a multi-disciplinary university distinguished by its multi-site configuration with 5 different campuses (Anglet, Bayonne, Pau, Mont-de-Marsan and Tarbes).

With initial training, continuing education and sandwich courses, UPPA on the Basque Coast has 3,100 students working towards general and vocational undergraduate degrees, masters and PhDs in a variety of disciplines spread across 2 campuses:

La Nive Campus in Bayonne 

  • Bayonne and Basque Country (BAB) Multidisciplinary Faculty (UFR): law, economics, management, accountancy, international and European affairs, arts and Basque studies;
  • IAE, University School of Management:business administration, international management;
  • Bayonne University Institute of Technology (IUT)Business and public administration management (GEA) and sales/marketing.

Le Campus de Montaury à Anglet 

  • Faculty of Sciences and Technology–Basque Coast (UFR): biology, environmental studies, chemistry, physics, logistics, construction and public works, civil engineering
  • Bayonne University Institute of Technology (IUT): IT, industrial and maintenance engineering;
  • ISA BTP (Aquitaine Higher Institute of Building and Public Works): building, public works, energy, housing;

Les chiffres clefs :

  • 2 themed campuses
  • 3,097 students on the Basque Coast sites, representing 25% of UPPA's students
  • 167 teaching staff
  • 10% of students on continuing education courses
  • 14%overseas students

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University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour

The Aquitaine Higher Institute for Construction and Public Works (ISA-BTP) is an engineering school providing a 5-year post-secondary education course created in 1996 and accredited by the Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur (CTI).  It is a part of the University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour (UPPA) and the Bordeaux INP group (National Polytechnic Institute), which brings together engineering schools in the Aquitaine region.

ISA BTP has 215 students across the five-year groups and trains engineers in three specialities:

  • Building (construction, structural works)
  • Habitat and energy (technical building equipment)
  • Civil and Coastal Engineering (Public Works)

The school has an original educational structure:

  • An engineering school with five years of 'vocational' training
  • Training incorporates close ties with the professional world: students complete at least seven internships during their course, equating to between 16 and 19 months in companies.
  • A trilingual school with an international and strong cross-border outlook.

ISA BTP - Arkinova
ISA BTP - Arkinova © JP Plantey

Bayonne and Basque Country Institute of Technology (IUT)

Within the University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour (UPPA), the IUT provides technological education at undergraduate level (for the academic year 2015-2016:

  • four technology degrees,
  • six vocational degrees,
  • three university degrees)

in close collaboration with socio-professional players in the Basque Country and South Aquitaine.

With almost 900 students attending each year, the IUT plays an important role in initial training (over 800 internships per year), in apprenticeships (70 contracts in 2016), in continuing education (40 vocational training contracts in 2016), as well as in distance learning (1 international distance learning university degree; a range of modules providing qualifications for professional work).

The only multidisciplinary school within UPPA, thanks to the organisation of its teaching departments and its training, the IUT is located on two sites of the Basque Coast campus: Bayonne, for tertiary sector training (Management and Business), and Anglet, for secondary sector training (IT and Industrial Engineering).

In addition, the IUT provides vocational degrees within the Basque Country (Ustaritz, Saint-Palais) and in Bordeaux. 

IUT - Arkinova © Côté Sud
IUT - Arkinova © Côté Sud
IUT - Arkinova © Côté Sud
IUT - Arkinova © Côté Sud
IUT - Arkinova
© JP Plantey

Faculty of Sciences and Technology - Basque Coast (UFR)

The Faculty of Sciences and TechnologyBasque Coast UFR is a school of the University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour (UPPA).

It provides general education at undergraduate level in physics, chemistry, and life sciences, as well as specialised and vocational teaching in physics and chemistry (vocational degree), life sciences (vocational degree and masters), IT/logistics (undergraduate degree and masters), management, acquisition and creation of SMEs in the construction industry (vocational degree).

This represents 17 years of training, including 4 years in sandwich courses, from 1 to 5 years of higher education.

UFR - Arkinova © Côté Sud
UFR - Arkinova © Côté Sud
UFR - Arkinova © Côté Sud
UFR - Arkinova © Côté Sud
UFR - Arkinova © JP Plantey
UFR - Arkinova © JP Plantey