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Maritime Training and employment
Training is part of the bedrock on which the maritime economy is built. It is what sustains companies and allows them to maintain their added value. France has developed comprehensive career routes for all occupations in the maritime sector and offers a wide range of training options from the CAP (a 2-year vocational diploma) to ‘bac+5’ (Masters degree). France has also undertaken measures to reform the training given in merchant navy colleges to be better prepared for the challenges to come. The French Institute of the Sea (IFM) keeps an up-to-date list of all maritime training facilities in France, including the addresses and particulars of all centres.
For more information see its website http://ifmer.org, where all your questions will be answered.
L’Ecole navale: The naval graduate college (Grande école de la mer) has trained all officers of the French Navy in Brest for 180 years. Benefiting from its perfect setting and purpose-built infrastructures, the college offers advanced theoretical and practical teaching, open to students from abroad, in three main fields of education: human sciences and military training, seamanship and training in the various branches of engineering. Depending on the course selected, the college
enables students to obtain qualifications up to Masters level (bac + 5): ingénieur de l’école navale or master professionnel.
Ecole Nationale Supérieur Maritime (ENSM)
The National Maritime College of France (ENSM) trains Officers of the French merchant marine and thirty from foreign countries. In 2011/2012, 1,000 students got in, including 73 girls. 180 engineering students and 60 engineer officers were accessible by competition in 2012.
The Training Center in Sea Rescue of the National Maritime College of France (ENSM), called CESAME, in Saint-Malo, trains seafarers, fishermen, ocean race sailors (ISAF, International sailing federation) and young apprentices to ship abandon, sea survival and sea rescue, in accordance with the STCW convention. In 2012, the National Maritime College of France (ENSM) registered 2,000 trainees.
Centre Européen de Formation Continue Maritime
The CEFCM (European Maritime Training Centre) caters for the needs (training/occupations/jobs) of specialists in the maritime sector, offering tailored training courses, active teaching methods and a staff of instructors with experience gained in the field.
DCI-NAVFCO, a naval component of Défense Conseil International, transfers the expertise of the French Navy to foreign navies through technical and operational training, instruction and assistance especially in the field of maritime security and safety.
École de management de Normandie - IPER
The Ecole de Management de Normandie and its Port Management Training and Research Institute (IPER, based in Le Havre) specialized in port training, shipping, logistics and international trade, offer continuing education seminars and degree-level training programs : MSc Supply Chain Management, MSc International Logistics and Crisis Management, and an MBA in Maritime Studies, Transport and Logistics.
Euromed Management School is now among the top 10 French university level management schools or ‘grandes écoles’.
and the top 20 European business schools. It is a member of the few businesses schools in the world (1%) to possess triple accreditation (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA).
It offers 3 advanced training programmes for the maritime industry:
• M.Sc. in International and Logistics Maritime Management,
• Master of International Maritime Management, in partnership with the Merchant Marine Academy,
• The prestigious Euromed MBA with its Maritime Management Track: a degree of international calibre, ranked 5th in France and 61st among the Top 100 Executive MBA worldwide, by the Financial Times.
L’école de voile desGlénans
Glenans sailing school, the first of its kind in Europe, was established in 1947 in the Glenan group of islands off the coast of Brittany. For many years it has been recognised as the world leader in sailing instruction and caters for more than 15,000 students and instructors every year. Cruisers, catamarans, dinghies, wind and kite surfing, Glenans offers training courses for everyone from beginners to seasoned sailors. The courses are held at 6 sailing bases (3 in Brittany, 2 in the Mediterranean and 1 in Ireland). In cruising, Glenans also holds training courses in the West Indies, Greece, Italy and Croatia. It is a charitable organisation under Law 1901 and approved by the Ministry for Sport.
Inventor of the concept and recognised as a world leader, Sogreah-Port Revel provides instruction on ship handling for harbour pilots, captains and officers using 1/25 scale models of 11 ships and 3 tugs on a 5 ha lake equipped with a DGPS tracking system. In 2009-2010 the lake was enlarged by 25% and 2 new vessels were added to the fleet: a container ship of 8,500 TEU and a Q-Max gas carrier of 265,000 m3.
In 2010, Port Revel was assessed, approved and certified by DNV to its certification standard 3.201
- Learning Programmes - (SeaSkill™).
Université de Nantes
• Bachelor and Masters degrees in shipping-trading: the IUP Maritime Finance, Banking, Insurance and Logistics centre (I.E.M.N.-IAE) of the University of Nantes offers a 3 year course in transport, shipping and port logistics, commerce and international finance.
• Bachelor and Masters degrees in international maritime finance and logistics:
In March 2010, the Vice-chancellor of the University of Nantes, the director of the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, and the Director of Maritime Affairs, on behalf of the future Ecole Nationale Supérieure Maritime (ENSM), signed an agreement to establish a programme of mutual interest in higher education and research. This agreement allows for the introduction of Bachelor and Masters degrees in international maritime finance and logistics at the ENSM in Nantes in September 2010. This Master’s degree is included in the Fédération de Recherche Pôle Mer Littoral of the University of Nantes (FED-4111), a multi-disciplinary research organisation with around 270 researchers in 8 laboratories, and with some twelve Masters specialities in maritime sectors.
Administrator of vocational training funds
The first private administrator of vocational training funds in France, AGEFOS PME’s has a network across 23 regions with over 500 vocational training advisers who support the development needs of more than 303,000 firms and 40 separate professions.
Supported by this strong regional network, AGEFOS PME has mobilized resources to support thousands of sea-related firms with their employee vocational training.
The crisis in the economy, especially the maritime economy, has put pressure on employment in the maritime industries in France. However, not all sectors of this maritime economy are affected to the same degree. In addition, although the crisis has temporarily eased the chronic shortage of qualified officers and sailors not only in France but around the world, the overall trend – based on an estimate still at 15 billion tonnes of goods transported in 2020 (against 7 at present) – is unlikely to be reversed. So for a country such as ours the difficulty is managing this situation in the short term, without affecting efforts to develop and improve our maritime training system.
In 2011, the French Navy recruited 3,000 people (officers, petty officers and sailors) and offered 180 places at the sea cadet school Ecole des mousses..
Several organization provides services to fill these recruitment needs:
The leader in the French market - is an employment web site that specialises in the naval and maritime sectors. A true ally of HR departments, Clic&Sea offers three types of services: the publication of job adverts, a targeted CV bank and contact facilities...
Énergies et Mutations Conseil
With its wide experience in the maritime sector, underwater exploration, shipbuilding, transport and marine renewable energy, Energies et Mutations Conseil is the ideal partner for change in the fields of human resources and motivation, as well as for talent spotting (headhunting and assessment) and for executive and managerial support programmes.
A human resources consultant and training organisation devoted to the recruitment of generalists and specialists, group and/or individual retraining courses, training in morphopsychology adapted to the sales force and team building for managerial staff.
Founded 25 years ago, Horton International was established as one of the first executive search and management consulting firms.
Horton International provides outstanding executive search services that help its clients achieve their strategic staffing objectives. At the group level, Horton International have developed specialty practices in various sectors in particular a "Maritime practice" where the company have run many assignments in different activities.
Inter Pôle Naval et Industrie
Strongly based by the local economy, Inter Pole has created a spin-off company, Inter Pole Naval and Industry, whose agencies specialize in naval engineering jobs in Lorient, Concarneau and Brest. Temporary staffing, recruitment, training courses and human resource solutions. Its agencies provide unique expertise in this field!
The only association, recognized as an association in the public interest, dedicated to the professional insertion of maritime personnel, La Touline was created in 1989 for and by
seafarers. A team of paid and voluntary staff offers professional advice based on its experience and its unrivalled network of partners.
Developing career transition pathways between the Merchant Navy and the Navy:
Servicemen from all ranks and with varying lengths of service leave the French Navy every year. Given their professional experience, some of them wish to transfer to the civil maritime sector, to jobs ashore or on merchant ships or fishing boats, or in the leisure boating industry.
In response to this demand, the Department of Maritime Affairs (DAM), the French Navy and the CMF have worked together to develop a simplified system of equivalent qualification ratings aimed at helping those servicemen in career transition to obtain the merchant navy qualifications needed to work in companies in the maritime sector. The Defence Department’s re-employment initiative Défense Mobilité facilitates links between maritime companies and Navy sailors in career transition:haut de page