Safran launches recruiting drive Introduces the "SAFRAN‐ESAILING TEAM", a serious game for students

Paris, October 16, 2012

To increase its recognition among students, Safran is launching the SAFRAN‐ESAILING TEAM, a "serious game"* designed to introduce the company and its businesses to future graduates in targeted fields. This is of course a top priority for Safran, which expects to add some 6,000 new employees this year, including nearly 1,000 in France. Safran will maintain the same hiring pace in 2013.

As a sponsor of the Safran Open 60 racing yacht, skippered by Marc Guillemot, in the upcoming Vendée Globe around-the-world solo race, Safran is introducing this game to support its recruiting efforts. Safran does more than just sponsor this purebred monohull ocean racer: over 100 engineers from Group companies have taken active roles in its design, construction and ongoing development. The SAFRAN‐ESAILING TEAM game is a virtual Vendée Globe race, providing an ideal opportunity for students who are excited by sailing, competition and technology to discover the broad spectrum of Safran's businesses and technologies.

In the SAFRAN‐ESAILING TEAM game, participants take the helm of a virtual Safran boat, while also participating in a series of challenges that will allow them to discover the Safran group. Throughout the race, these challenges will enable students to win points that give them access to Virtual Regatta packs (to improve their boat), or to various prizes flying Safran's colors.

There will also be an inter-school competition for the game, to win the sponsorship of a boat in the EDHEC Sailing Cup, for which Safran is a partner in 2013, or to go sailing on the Safran ocean racer. More than 1,000 individual prizes will also be up for grabs, including an iPad, GoPro camera, iPod, etc. The ten best sailors in the SAFRAN‐ESAILING TEAM competition will receive VIP tickets for the 2013 Paris Air Show.

The official game kickoff will be given at a web-conference hosted by skipper Marc Guillemot and Jean-Luc Bérard, Safran Vice President, Human Resources. Join us today, Tuesday, October 16, at 6:30 pm for the kickoff at

*A serious game is a game designed for a primary purpose other than pure entertainment. (Wikipedia)


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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