Keen to draw the attention of young people to the different kinds of job opportunities offered by the automobile industry, Renault Trucks invited a Year 17 Industrial Science and Technology class from the La Mache vocational college in Lyon (8th arrondissement) to spend a week at its site. The object of the exercise was to show students how the various subjects they learn at school are used in industry. This unusual example of collaboration between a school and a company, which took place just before the 17th World Jobs Fair, is an excellent illustration of Renault Trucks’ desire to promote and give value to careers in the industrial sector.
Sometimes looked down on, sometimes little known, the world of industry nevertheless offers some very attractive career options. As part of its school-company partnership program, Renault Trucks invited a Year 17 Industrial Science and Technology class from the La Mache vocational college in Lyon (8th arrondissement) to spend a week at its site.
For five days the students were able to look closely at the company’s world without deviating from their normal time-table. “Our aim was to raise the profile of jobs in industry in the eyes of young people and show them concrete applications of the subjects they learn at school,” explained Guy Bravais, in charge of relations with schools for both Renault Trucks and Volvo Group France as a whole. “For example, we wanted to show them that English isn’t just a subject you need to pass your baccalaureat, it’s a working language used in this company even though we’re in France.”
Lessons were therefore adapted to reflect the world of Renault Trucks and taught by some 20 Renault Trucks and Volvo Group employees depending on their particular job. “I adapted their project management lesson to suit the way I manage projects for Volvo,” explained project manager Julien Forrat.“ This showed them that what they learn in class is applied directly by the company.” The students appear to have got the message: “I had no idea there were so many different jobs,” exclaimed Sylvain, one of the students. “I had a pretty vague idea of what the world of industry was like and it’s really interesting to find out about a company like Renault Trucks that’s known all over the world – I’ve realised that subjects like English can be really important for my career so I have to take them seriously.”
During the week they spent at Renault Trucks, the students visited the engine plant at Vénissieux, the spare parts workshop and the technician training workshop. On the last day a mini jobs forum was held, and the 20 or so Renault Trucks employees involved talked about their careers and experiences, giving the students a better idea of what they would like to do themselves.
This unusual initiative is in line with the Renault Trucks objective of making sure that future generations know about the range of different careers offered by the industry. Already in partnership with a number of schools in France and elsewhere, Renault Trucks will also be attending the 17th World Jobs Fair taking place in Lyon from February 7th to 10th at Eurexpo (Hall 6, stand B10).