Training at the “Factory of the Future”: Safran welcomes its partners at the Paris Air Show
The 2017 Paris Air Show is also an opportunity to feature the aviation industry's jobs and career prospects for today and tomorrow. A consortium set up by the Faculté des Métiers de l'Essonne, Safran and Fives Maintenance*, and backed by a number of SMEs and mid-tier companies, welcomed The Adecco Group (a temporary employment agency) and ASTech (the Greater Paris region's aerospace competitiveness cluster) to this end.
The Adecco Group will team up with the consortium, which was set up as part of the French government's forward-looking investment plan, and bring in its knowledge of the job market and expertise in training and recruitment. The Adecco Group will also contribute to investments in this project. The ASTech Paris Region cluster will share its expertise in industrial innovation and in bringing about the industry of the future within SMEs and mid-tier companies in general, and in training aimed at furnishing the aerospace sector with the skills it needs, in particular.
Manufacturers have set up the "industrial mechanical training platform of the future" to address the development of digital technologies in production plants and the new production organizations that this development is bringing about. Its other goal is to fulfil demand for technicians and operators.
As the Industry of the Future materializes, it will reshape jobs and generate demand for new skills involving:
- Interacting with "smart" machines and robots,
- Using digital tools,
- Advancing lean management,
- Working in more collaborative and empowering organizations,
- Adapting to new training methods.
This training center specializing in the mechanical production jobs of tomorrow will be a "factory of the future" simulator and used to tackle issues revolving around connected objects, extended enterprises, big data, cybersecurity, and more. It will include a "digital" room housing computer aided design, flow simulation and industrial operation management capabilities. And it will include an additive manufacturing hub, a "regular" machining line using robots, cobots and automatic trolleys, an assembly/fitting hub and a maintenance and production tools hub.
This training center's prime focus, however, is not on technology: it aims to put operators back at the center of the production process. Each year, it will train about 100 apprentices, and several hundred employees on professional training courses. Groups of middle-school and high-school students will be touring the facility on a regular basis, as another goal is to encourage them to consider careers in industrial jobs.
* The consortium also encompasses GIM (Groupement des Industries Métallurgiques de la région parisienne), AFPA (Association pour la Formation Professionnelle des Adultes), AFORP (Association pour la Formation et le Perfectionnement du Personnel des Entreprises Industrielles de la Région Parisienne) and GIFAS (Groupement des Industries Françaises de l'Aéronautique et du Spatial).