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Other education staff or staff working in higher education


10.Management and other education staff

10.6Other education staff or staff working in higher education

Last update: 26 March 2024

Other functions in secondary and higher education institutions are performed by staff from different categories.

The administrative branch

Staff in the administrative branch perform steering and management functions, mainly in the fields of finance and accounting, property management, human resources and schooling. 

They are divided into three categories: 

  • ‘administrators’ ("administrateurs") and ‘administrative officers’ ("attachés d’administration d’Etat") for national education, higher education and research; 
  • ‘administration secretaries’ ("secrétaires administratifs") for national education and higher education;
  • ‘administrative assistants’ ("adjoints administratifs") for national education and higher education.

The library sector 

The library sector includes scientific staff working in libraries (curators and chief curators) and document support staff (librarians, library assistants and storekeepers). These staff are responsible for the management, organisation and operation of institutions’ libraries, the management and development of collections, as well as the reception and training of the public, particularly in the use of information and communication techniques for documentary research.

Workers' branch

The ‘TOS’ staff (technicians, workers and service employees) of the workers' branch, are currently under the responsibility of the local authorities, regions for upper secondary schools and departments for lower secondary schools. They perform the following functions in ‘local public education establishments’ (EPLEs): reception and security, routine maintenance and cleaning, management and maintenance of technical facilities.

The EPLE laboratory sector

The laboratory sector is composed of technicians and technical assistants who help the teaching staff in scientific and technical subjects to prepare their tutorials, maintain the teaching equipment and manage supplies and special products. 

The research and technical training sector 

In universities and other higher education institutions, teaching and research support functions are carried out by staff in the branch of engineers and research and training technicians (‘ITRF’). 

This branch includes: research and study engineers and assistant engineers, as well as research and training technicians and technical assistants. 

This branch is organised into eight branches of professional activity (‘BAP’) corresponding to major fields of activity (‘life, earth and environmental sciences’, ‘chemical sciences and materials sciences’, ‘engineering sciences and scientific instrumentation’, ‘human and social sciences’, ‘ computer science, statistics and scientific computing’ and ‘culture, communication, knowledge production and dissemination’) or to major fields of action (‘property, logistics, catering and prevention’ and ‘management and steering’).