Together with UIMM Pays de la Loire, IRT Jules Verne has created « Alternance Manufacturing ». Launched in 2015, this recruitment fair dedicated to work-study recruitment in production and industrial logistics helps to bring together the needs of industrial companies and work-study candidates. Thus, companies offering work-study positions meet candidates who wish to enrol in an industrial training course during the event, which is organised in both physical and remote formats.


A matchmaking platform

Companies and young people are connected through a web platform on which companies post their work-study offers, young people complete their profile and apply to the offers that interest them. The matchmaking process takes place at the fair, where companies and candidates meet during 20-minute recruitment interviews following a schedule of pre-programmed appointments. The key to the success of this fair is this innovative concept of pre-programmed appointments which facilitates relevant meetings between companies and candidates.


Training courses from CAP (French Certificate of Professional Competence) to Engineer

With the help of around forty training organisations, Alternance Manufacturing offers more than 100 industrial training courses ranging from CAP (French Certificate of Professional Competence) to engineering degrees. The event also helps to make industrial companies (SMEs and large groups) more attractive and show the diversity of the jobs in advanced production technologies: R&D, design, manufacturing, management, quality control, installation, maintenance, electrical and electronic engineering, industrial IT and energy.


A hybrid format

Initially conceived as a physical event, Alternance Manufacturing was first held in Nantes in 2015, then extended to the Anjou region in 2019.

Constrained by a sanitary context little favourable to meetings, the 2020 and 2021 editions were held remotely, through virtual recruitment sessions (video interviews) on a dedicated platform.


Review of the 2021 edition

This year, Alternance Manufacturing took place over 3 days, on 6, 7 and 8 April 2021, in remote mode only.

For this year’s event, Alternance Manufacturing initially opted for a hybrid format, with two days of remote meetings on 6 and 7 April, and a day of physical meetings between recruiters and candidates on 8 April, at the IUT in Nantes. This hybrid format combines flexibility and practicality without losing the human contact and spontaneity of on-site exchanges.


Given the health context and the latest restrictions, Alternance Manufacturing was finally fully held remotely over the three days of recruitment. Our teams were prepared for it, and the event was finally a success!


In short, Alternance Manufacturing 2021 was:

  • 100 % virtual
  • 66 training advisors
  • 106 recruiters
  • 965 candidates


Work-linked training in industry, an issue of sovereignty

Stéphane Cassereau, Director General of IRT Jules Verne explains:

IRT Jules Verne is joining forces with the whole local manufacturing sector, including the major historical groups such as Airbus, Daher, Naval Group and Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique, as well as the major schools and higher education establishments, to assert the importance of training. The Alternance Manufacturing programme, launched six years ago, is designed to give young people a taste for industry and to make its professions more attractive. […] Since its beginnings, IRT Jules Verne has been a fervent advocate of training and skills transfer in a broad sense. There is no doubt that disruptive technological innovations will only make sense if they are embraced by the future generation, whether they are operators, technicians or engineers.