Can you introduce yourself and tell us about your training path?
I am from the French town of Lorient. Aged 40, I have acquired considerable professional experience, including in a position as deputy manager at the municipal funeral services in Lanester, four years in the Paris police force, and a position as team leader in an industrial cleaning company in Caudan.
In 2019, I began a professional retraining course. I wanted to move towards something manual because I like working with my hands. After much research and thinking, I chose the composites environment. I took training in composite material moulding with the AFPA (National Agency for Adult Vocational Training), entitled “High performance composite operator”, and quickly knew that I had made the right choice !
What brings you to Naval Group?
Having grown up and lived in Lorient and Lanester, so I was familiar with Naval Group, a major industrial player in the Lorient basin. The group was part of my environment! When I was younger, I liked to watch the ships leaving port from a distance. And so, after completing my training at the AFPA, I contacted the site of Lorient and submitted my application for a work-study position. I was afraid that my age would be a problem but this wasn't the case: I just had to take qualifying training. I chose that of composite material laminator mould maker dispensed by the Plastics and Composites Innovation Center of Chambéry.
Why did you choose work-study training? What do you expect of your apprenticeship?
After my training at the AFPA, I wanted to keep learning and perfect myself. A work-study program was evident for me. At Naval Group I found everything I was looking for: a manual profession that requires versatility and the human aspect with teamwork. In fact, human relations are important for me: at Naval Group, trainees are assisted by the most experienced people around. The department gave me a warm welcome. Every week, I join a different team which allows me to discover new processes: it’s fascinating! At the end of my apprenticeship, I think I'll be ready to work with confidence.