Apprenticeship presented at ESTIA

Philippe Bilbao ©Agglo/V.Biard

The engineering school based in Bidart has organised the “The Professions of the Future through Apprenticeship Forum”. This is a day-long meeting between companies and students from ESTIA who are hoping to do work-linked training in the future. Philippe Bilbao, an employee currently training at ESTIA, highlighted the benefits of the course. 

“The Professions of the Future through Apprenticeship Forum,” organised at ESTIA on 16 May 2019, combined first year engineering cycle and ESTIA Master CILIO entry selection procedures. Some sixty candidates entered ESTIA’s in-house competitive exam which will be followed by a national competitive exam, for which there are thousands of applicants. Some twenty candidates applied for the master’s degree programme in logistics, consultancy, engineering and organisational innovation (CILIO). “Most of the candidates took the opportunity to meet the companies who had come to recruit apprentice engineering students”, Jean Tellechea, apprenticeship manager at ESTIA, explained.  Thus, some thirty companies including decision-makers from the aeronautics industry were present with around environ 150 job or traineeships on offer. The Managing Director of Alkar, a medium-sized company with 140 employees, based in Mauléon, was on site and selected five applicants who will later be hosted in his firm”. 

One week per month at ESTIA

About twenty students followed the CILIO Master’s degree programme, an apprenticeship programme which started in September 2018. Amongst them is Philippe Bilbao, 36, a supply chain manager at the Boncolac plant (industrial pastries) in Hasparren. He has worked in the plant for 13 years and wanted to top up his vocational diploma and degree in Production Management, obtained after the Baccalaureate. “There aren’t really any suitable courses for supply chain professions, but ESTIA was offering a very interesting Master’s-level top up. It’s a well-structured course with one week per month at ESTIA, which makes it possible to improve working methods, meet a lot of people and open new perspectives. We explore different knowledge about big data, artificial intelligence, statistics, in addition to the environment or law. Finally, an interesting point of the course is to able to get Green Belt certification, which is recognised for continuous improvement project management. After the course, Philippe Bilbao will be able to develop his storage optimisation project at the Boncolac factory with increased efficiency.

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