Led by a consortium of a dozen players, including the CEA, Verkor and IMT Grenoble, the project is launching a range of initial and advanced training, from CAP to PhD, in the battery sector to meet the labor needs of the industry. The “Battery School” was deployed in the consortium’s training centers in Auvergne-Rhônes-Alpes and mobilized 20 million euros in funding, 13 of which were provided by the state.
France has a range of training courses in the battery sector to meet labor needs and structure the sector. Announced by Verkor in a recent press release, “the School of Battery” will offer various courses from September 2022, from the CAP to the PhD. The project is led by a consortium of a dozen companies, institutions and laboratories in the battery sector and benefits from state aid of 13 million euros of the total investment of 20 million. The initiative, deployed around Grenoble, is intended as a strategic step towards structuring a global regional training sector in new energies.
“The French government has embarked on a strategy to reindustrialize the automotive sector as part of France 2030. Electric battery production will play a vital role in meeting the need for vehicle electrification. However, the French battery sector will need to train 40,000 people annually by the end of the decade, an essential workforce to ensure France has a leading role in this field for the future,” explains Verkor in the press release accompanying the announcement.
In addition to the manufacturer (which should soon realize its battery production project), the CEA, through the INSTN, Grenoble INP-UGA, the AFPA, the Campus des Métiers et des Qualifications d ‘Excellence Smart Energy System within the Academy of Grenoble, HESAM University, IMT Grenoble, the Isère Training Center and the University of Lyon 1 will use their skills to offer training at all levels. These education cycles will be carried out in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region in the training centers of the members of the consortium.
Specifically, more than 70 new or modified initial courses, some of which are under development, will be offered to students who can enroll from high school to technical school level, university in general and even for research project. Jobseekers and employees in retraining also have to deal with about sixty modules that are offered in this context.
“The emerging battery industry in Europe is at the forefront of the energy transition. Its structure and competitiveness will be based on the deployment of qualified personnel throughout the value chain. To meet the skills challenge in this sector, the European Battery Academy is working with training players and manufacturers in Europe to accelerate the implementation of battery-powered training,” added Karine Vernier, CEO of EIT InnoEnergy France.
In addition to the aforementioned consortium, the school project will benefit from the support of the Tenerrdis competition cluster in the field of communications, as well as that of the European Battery Academy, which will provide an international opening. Industrial Corys will provide its expertise in dynamic simulation and Grenoble INP, AFPA or Verkor will provide technical training platforms for real-life situations for students.
“For Grenoble INP – UGA, this is a fantastic project in line with our values and our missions to support the reindustrialization of France, thanks to the shared expertise of our schools, our platforms and our laboratories. The disciplines necessary for manufacturing of batteries”, testified on this subject Pierre Benech, the general manager of Grenoble INP – UGA.
“The Battery School” is also strongly supported by the Strategic Committee for the New Energy Systems Sector, the Strategic Committee for the Automotive Sector (PFA), the Trade and Qualification Campuses and the Competition Clusters, as well as companies such as Schneider Electric, Orano or Phoenix Mobility that find it useful to meet their own needs as well as to structure the French battery ecosystem.
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