Safran signs partnership agreement with Cnam university to develop employee skills

Paris, April 3, 2012

Francis Mer, Vice Chairman of the Safran Board of Directors, and Christian Forestier, Dean of the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam), a national institution of higher education for adults, today signed a three-year partnership agreement, running from 2012 to 2015. This agreement reflects Safran's policy of continuously developing the skills and expertise of its employees, to keep pace with a global context of fast-evolving technologies.

Safran applies a proactive corporate training policy, spending some 4% of its total payroll on training. The partnership with Cnam will take concrete shape through Safran Corporate University, which fosters the skills development of all employees and augments the Group's human capital, while also preparing employees for changing job requirements.

Cnam, a national leader in university-level professional training, will support Safran by implementing skills development structures on key training programs. In 2012, the new partnership will primarily focus on finance and economy, processes, the supply chain and gateways*. This scope of action will gradually be expanded throughout the partnership.

The partnership between the Safran group and Cnam is innovative at several levels, because it will allow Safran employees to:

  • earn degrees or professional certifications from Cnam, based on the deployment of a system providing partial or full equivalence with training programs at Safran;
  • take a training course at Cnam, after having taken several courses at Safran;
  • apply "validation of life and work experience" to targeted degrees, via a process designed specifically for Safran.

Cnam will contribute its educational expertise in three main areas :

  • support for certification of training programs;
  • design and leadership of new training itineraries;
  • personalized support within the scope of the validation of life and work experience process.

"Through this partnership," said Francis Mer, "Safran reaffirms our commitment to offering broad professional development prospects to our employees, enabling us to meet the technological and industrial challenges in our business sectors. It will allow everyone to realize their full potential, while also consolidating the key competencies needed by our Group to innovate and deliver operational excellence day after day."

According to Dean Christian Forestier, administrateur général of Cnam, "French industry needs well trained, high-level managers and technicians, to make its rightful contribution to national GDP. Without more employee training, the deindustrialization already in progress will become worse, creating serious dependency programs for our country. Because of the wide variety of training programs we offer, and our recognized position in professional education and industry, Cnam can help Safran rise to this challenge."

* Gateway programs are designed to help employees enhance their skills and adapt to changing job requirements, or even receive training for new jobs.


About Safran :

Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has close to 60,000 employees and generated sales of 11.7 billion euros in 2011. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.3 billion euros in 2011. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.
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About Cnam :

Cnam is the only French institute of higher learning that is totally dedicated to adult education. Reporting to the Minister for Higher Education, Cnam coordinates a network of 28 regional centers and 150 learning centers, with its headquarters in Paris. It offers modular and individualized training programs, resulting in universally recognized degrees, from a basic university degree (equivalent to a BA) to engineering and post-graduate degrees, as well as professional certifications in specific jobs. Cnam welcomes nearly 100,000 students per year, both in France and abroad.
Management and Business Development (MSD) is the unit in Cnam's Management and Social Sciences Applied to Firms School dedicated to the development of engineering and training missions for companies and organizations. These missions may be joint enterprise training programs, listed in a catalog, or tailored company training and engineering missions. MSD works with other departments in the School and Cnam's 28 regional centers, providing support for their development projects.
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Contacts Safran
Groupe Safran
Communications Department
2, bd du Général Martial Valin
75724 Paris Cedex 15 – France

Catherine Malek
+33 (0)1 40 60 80 28

Conservatoire national des arts et métiers
235, rue Saint Martin
75003 Paris
Tél 06 8126 62 53

Tél 06 8126 62 53

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