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Committed for many years now to actions bringing together companies and schools / training institutes close from its jobs, Renault Trucks is continuing its partnership policy, signing a convention with the Centre de formation des apprentis de l’Union nationale des industries de carrières et matériaux de construction (Unicem) located at Montalieu-Vercieu in Isère county. The company is committing to supporting apprentice training activities by providing equipment, technical assistance and financial or teaching resources. This will help the centre receive young apprentices in its different departments. On its part, the school will give the manufacturer priority access to its facilities and direct contact with its students, and in particular in the “Machinery Driver” and “Material Maintenance Technician” courses, close to its own products.

Mr Gérard Amiel, Renault Trucks Director of Human Resources and Mr Laurent Pluys, Director of the Unicem apprenticeship centre (CFA) in Montalieu-Vercieu (Isère) and Michel DROSS President of UNICEM Rhône-Alpes, signed a partnership convention on September 15th 2010. This is part of Renault Trucks’ policy and globally that of the Volvo group in the area of training for young people. It involves the Volvo group’s Construction Equipment entity and more particularly the Volvo Compact Equipment site in Belley, not far from CFA and whose design and construction of small mechanical diggers is of direct interest to Montalieu CFA. The manufacturers provide CFA Unicem with materials, equipment, technical assistance and guidance in the training of their students who are potential future clients or users of their products. For its part, the school provides the manufacturer with different services, for example the use of meeting rooms for its events.

The rapprochement between the two establishments was initiated in April 2010 at the Journées Construction. For Renault Trucks, the open day event was an opportunity to invite its current and future customers to take a look at its Construction range vehicles and its fuel-saving solutions (Optifuel Solutions). During the event, customers heard about the work of CFA Unicem students in workshops presenting stone masonry, construction machinery handling and a European marble collection.

The CFA site offers optimal conditions for very realistic simulations and customers from all over Europe were able to test and assess the quality of the equipment on show. They were impressed and convinced by CFA’s professionalism and training and by the skills developed by these young people in the quarry and construction material industries but also in stone cutting, another of the centre’s specialist activities.


Laurent Pluys, Director of the Unicem apprenticeship centre (CFA) in Montalieu-Vercieu (left)

Guy Bravais, Responsable of partnership for Renault Trucks (right)



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