In the summer of 2017, the shipyard Privilège Marine, manufacturer of catamarans, recently taken over by the shareholders of the Hanse Yachts group, launched a major recruitment campaign. "We were looking for personnel in composite and joinery. We got closer to temporary employment agencies, the Pole Emploi and the various media. We have had some feedback, but not as much as we had hoped," explains Cécilia Edeline, Communication Manager at Privilège Marine.
Creation of an ad-hoc nautical training course
"We realized that people wanted to work but had no training. We concluded that the best solution was in-house training," says Cécilia Edeline. Privilège Marine has joined forces with Pole Emploi, GRETA and Lycée Tabarly. "Everyone was very responsive," she says. A 3-month training course in the composite trades in the nautical industry has been set up. After a theoretical part in high school, the apprentices were integrated within Privilège Marine to make parts for catamarans.
16 jobs undergoing conversion in composites
The success of the operation exceeded the expectations of Privilège Marine. Out of 18 registered men and women aged 22 to 50, 16 people undergoing professional retraining completed the training in March 2018. Only 10 were able to join the yard, but the other 6 found a job in the nautical and composite trades.
"We didn't think so many people would finish the training," enthuses Cecilia Edeline. "Tabarly High's composite section closed for lack of candidates. With this training, we prove that by showing our professions, we can make things evolve. They are often little known and poorly valued. The general public has assumptions about working conditions, which have improved thanks to the arrival of infusion in particular."