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Interview with Aldric, engineer and Safran Ambassador


Launched by Safran in 2011, the Ambassadeurs program currently employs 240 people who contribute to developing strong partnerships with French universities and grandes écoles (elite and highly selective institutions of higher education), which are a source of talent for the Group. An interview with Aldric, Engineer at Aero Gearbox International (joint venture between Safran Transmission Systems and Rolls-Royce), who discusses his role as ambassador to the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (Ensam) where he was a student.



Aldric is currently Chief Engineer for Civil Large Engines* power transmissions at Aero Gearbox International (AGI), the 50/50 joint venture between Safran Transmission Systems and Rolls-Royce. Since 2010, he has worked on the power transmissions of Rolls-Royce Trent engines, on the development of the LEAP engine and on numerous projects within the Research & Technologies department of Safran Transmission Systems.




Maintaining a culture of transmission

Becoming a Safran Ambassador was an obvious choice for Aldric, who has been committed to strengthening the ties between these two entities since the beginning of his career.

Intergenerational support between "Gadzarts" (nickname given to Ensam students and former students, which is derived from the expression "gars des Arts") is central to the culture of Arts et Métiers: "It is important for me to be part of this culture of transmission: having personally benefited from such support during my studies, I am keen to uphold this tradition." 




Sharing one' s experience with future generations of engineers

As a Safran Ambassador , Aldric is committed to a student-focused role. In order to better understand the many facets of the engineering profession, future graduates have the opportunity to participate in round tables, to meet the ambassadors and to question them about their professions and backgrounds. Aldric also runs courses and presentations on the Arts et Métiers campus in Angers, which enables direct, personal contact with the up-and-coming generation.

Rooted in reality, these practical discussions are essential for students since they help to define students' educational and career paths and are thus invaluable: "It is difficult to imagine the daily life of an engineer and it is our role to shed light on this issue in the interests of their future development." "For example, students have the opportunity to visit the sites of various companies within the Group located in the region, such as the Safran Electronics & Defense facility in Poitiers or the Safran Aircraft Engines plant in Châtellerault.



Expanding awareness about Safran and contributing to the development of the talent of tomorrow

The role of ambassadors is to promote the Group, its products, its businesses as well as the career opportunities it offers. Building Safran's reputation is a major priority in order to attract the best talent in a context of increased competition, both within the aeronautics sector itself and beyond. "We need very high-calibre engineers who bring real added value to the company."   

Recruiting talent with strong technical and scientific potential is a major priority in order to be able to respond to future developments in the industry. Ambassadors participate in discussions on educational curricula in the Grandes Écoles to ensure that they meet the Group's skills needs in the coming years. Through these win-win partnerships, Safran is building its future today. It is a future in which the aeronautics industry will advance hand in hand with the Grandes Écoles to remain at the forefront of its sector.


*Rolls-Royce's "Civil Large Engines" division specialises in large civilian jet engines.



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