In the Pays de la Loire region we have an extensive training portfolio for marine renewables, ranging from operator to engineer level. Approximately 250 students graduate every year from various higher education courses. Furthermore, as members of the West Atlantic Marine Energy Community (WEAMEC), Centrale Nantes and Université de Nantes have developed over 20 continuous training modules on marine renewable energy with emphasis on areas of the value chain such as sea-state capability, grid connections, maritime law and site monitoring.
Ecole Centrale de Nantes, a leading engineering school in France on MREs, Nantes University (including the Saint-Nazaire IUT), ENSM, École des Mines, ICAM, Polytech, ENSAM, ISTIA, Le Mans University are just some of the French institutions renowned in the Renewable Marine Energies industry.
They offer 5 excellent courses in MREs: Hydrodynamics, Civil Engineering, Manufacturing Processes, Maintenance, Networks – and so train high-level engineers.
“The Ecole Centrale de Nantes shares with the Pays de la Loire region the idea that a quality education is based on three complementary pillars: education, research and innovation. The school operates in this context, on behalf of the entire MRE industry, the top European multiple marine technologies test site, SEM-REV. ”
Arnaud Poitou – Director of the Ecole Centrale de Nantes
Multi-industry advanced training
No link in the chain is forgotten. The considerable need for human resources in the fields of offshore and onshore wind power influenced GRETA in Maine and the AFPA training group in Nantes to offer specific courses for some BZEE and GWO certifications. The Pays de la Loire has 77 institutions adapted to the needs of the value chain, representing a total of over 6000 students and apprentices.
Dedicated continuing training
To ensure training provision is as complete as possible, WEAMEC offers courses on a range of disciplines relating to marine renewables: “MRE fundamentals”, “English for MRE” and “MRE experts”.
The course catalogue contains details of all the courses available in Pays de la Loire.