From classroom to workplace – Renault Trucks is breaking barriers

A lower sixth class studying science, manufacturing technologies and sustainable development at the La Mache lycée will be coming to the Renault Trucks Lyon site to gain experience of life in the workplace during a total immersion programme. An experiment which was also carried out successfully last year in partnership with the teaching team.


January 27-31 2014, 19 lycée pupils will be spending a week at the Renault Trucks site in Lyon. During this period, they will be following courses in keeping with their usual timetable, but given by staff members who will be adding the dimension of how the company actually operates.

Breaking down the barriers between schools and corporate environments, so that young people can identify areas of opportunity with particular emphasis on manufacturing sectors, in line with these ambitions, the Volvo Group has decided to renew its partnership (which began in 2013) with the La Mache Technical College located in Lyon’s 8th district.

They will, for example, study history and the Berliet saga, geography with a concrete overview of the effects of globalisation and other lessons drawing parallels with all the subjects they study at the lycée. The young people will also find out just how essential a command of English has now become if they want to join a major company and work there on a daily basis.

“This enables pupils to understand what their studies really mean and give them a more concrete view of their future. They find out about the skills and careers of those who work at Renault Trucks, and the wide range of activities to be found in industry. It helps them move forward on the long path of deciding what they ultimately want to do,” explains Paul Charlois, physical sciences teacher at the La Mache Technical College.

Last year, 18 lycée pupils took part in this workplace experience programme.

“It gives a real boost to a class; during the course of the week we are able to see how the pupils develop and get a feel for their new surroundings,” says Guy Bravais, the Manager in charge of developing School-Company relations for Renault Trucks and the Volvo Group in France.

This original initiative won recognition last October with an award from the ANDRH (National Association of Human Resources Managers) at the Rhône-Alpes Auvergne human resources award ceremony.

World Skills forum 2014
Renault Trucks will be exhibiting at the 18th edition of the World Skills Forum which will take place from February 6-9 at Eurexpo (Lyon).

The manufacturer will be displaying a Euro 6 engine and one of the vehicles from its new range on the ANFA (National Association for Automotive Training) stand. This will give Renault Trucks an opportunity to restate its ongoing commitment to technical colleges to gain added recognition for the manufacturing sector.


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