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In shortage of manpower, the naval industry wants to seduce young people

In shortage of manpower, the naval industry wants to seduce young people

Lack of manpower, the naval industry wants to seduce young people © AFP / ERIC PIERMONT

The shipbuilding industry will present a “Navire des métiers” from Thursday at the Euronaval show in order to strengthen the attractiveness of the industry, which needs to recruit 10,000 people in the next ten years.

“We must strengthen the attractiveness of the naval industry trades to young people because we have real needs in the sector,” said François Lambert, the General Delegate of the Grouping of Construction Industries and Naval Activities (Gican).

“In a fairly immediate way, the needs are about 1,000 people in the year”, including some critical skills. And this pace should continue, with a thousand people recruited per year in the years to come. “Clearly, we are committed to 10,000 people in the next ten years,” he says.

Hence the idea of ​​this Vessel Trades, which will accommodate 3 to 400 young people during the show and aims to Bac -3 levels to Bac +5. Inaugurated Thursday by the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, it presents the naval trades, a space of “job dating” and a simulation of virtual reality inside a ship, from the wheelhouse to the conference room. machines. Euronaval is held until Friday at Le Bourget (Seine-Saint-Denis).

Like other industrial sectors, shipbuilding suffers from a sometimes unattractive image among young people, even if the trades have evolved a lot and now give a large place to new technologies, digital or 3D.

The sector is also handicapped by the lack of specific training, especially those related to cybersecurity or virtual reality.

“There is a real problem today to find the right profiles,” says François Lambert, who quotes those of welder, boilermaker, pipefitter, mechanics, mechatronic (electronic mechanic), naval architect.

Mobilizing a YouTube figure

“Of course, there will always be welding, it is the secondary sector, but these trades have changed and young people must be able to realize,” he continues: “the shipyards today, it is perspectives of work in the long time, with the digital, the computer-aided design, the link with the user, possibilities of evolution “.

In addition to the image of an industry with dirty hands, shipbuilding also trailed the stubborn image of restructuring it suffered, with thousands of jobs removed, especially in the 1990s.

However, having regained competitiveness, the sector is now under control in civil and defense. Chantiers de l’Atlantique has eleven ships to build, a full order book for several years. The company has made more than 1,000 hires on permanent contracts since 2013.

In defense, Naval Group announced more than 1,000 vacancies in 2018. Its backlog at the end of June 2018 was 13.8 billion euros.

“It is necessary to restore confidence in the trades of the naval industry which has garnered orders, cruise ships, warships, in France and abroad,” continues François Lambert.

“We absolutely need to increase the attractiveness of the naval sector and enhance its image so that young people realize that there is a future in this sector,” he says.

Hence the idea of ​​Gican to use a YouTube figure, Tibo InShape, to reach young people ( V = JKwZPdpPi3c)

The Vessel Trades will be exhibited at the Boat Show in Paris, Brest for the Assises of the economy and the sea and will visit Nantes as part of “La Mer XXL” next year.

The idea is to go beyond and get out of the immediate employment areas of the shipyards. “This is a call that I send to all those who would like us to upgrade the industry sector-wide,” said François Lambert.

25/10/2018 16:17:45 – Paris (AFP) – © 2018 AFP

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