The industry is trendy and in addition it is recruiting. It is on this mantra that the sixth industry week opens once again from March 14 to 20 in order to “change the public’s view” on the industrial world. More than 2,500 events are organized throughout France, managed by the General Directorate of Enterprises (DGE) which places the event this year on “Industry of the Future”.
Felix Wouts, president of 3D4pro (a company that allows 3D printing to be integrated into the industrial world) participates in a meeting day on March 15 at ENSAM (National School of Arts and Crafts) in Paris around the additive manufacturing (by 3D printer). The entrepreneur wants to “restore glamor to the industry after the negative movements of relocations”. Its stated objective is to highlight “the beautiful subjects and the new things which are shaking up the industry to attract young talents to it” in order to overcome “the conservatism of the environment which causes a lot of difficulties in the renewal of the generation” .
“Prove that in Lorraine, the industry is not dead”
The various industrial sectors are counting on 80,000 to 100,000 new hires of employees and apprentices per year by 2020, in order to cope with the massive retirements of baby boomers. The public investment bank Bpifrance has also made a gesture on Monday. It announced that it planned to finance the industrial sector to the tune of 15 billion euros by the end of 2018 via its investment and financing tools.
The events organized this week range from open doors to visit the STX France construction sites in Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique) in industrial company meetings with high school and college students in order to make them aware of the diversity of professions in the sector.
The Jacasse nougaterie in Nancy (Lorraine), for example, opens its doors to the public. “This is the third time that we have done industry week events, explains manager Giovanna Philippot. This helps us to make ourselves known to the general public ”. All you have to do is register on the internet to attend the cutting and packaging of the nougats. With a tasting at the key. And above all, this allows the manager of the nougater factory to “prove that in Lorraine, the industry is not dead”.