Whether initial or ongoing, education and training in all of the transport industry’s job areas is adapting to digitalisation to help firms improve their competitive edge and convey «the taste for transport» to the connected generation.


With a potential of 540,000 jobs to fill over the 2012-2022 period (source: French employment agency Pole Emploi) the transport and logistics sector offers job perspectives to a new generation of connected workers. However, the sector is less appealing that in the past, and suffers from a shortfall in the supply of labour in certain job fields: drivers, handling workers, technicians, bodyworkers, etc. One of the crucial factors for the future of the profession therefore consists of supporting the upskilling of transport employees through a varied range of training, tailored to new working methods. Among the most recent initiatives can be noted the launch by FNTR in June this year of the Tremplin project (Transport Routier Emploi Innovation - Road transport, employment, innovation) to promote jobs, recruitment and the appeal of the transport sector, which aims to mobilise and create synergies across the whole profession, from trade bodies (AFT, OPCA Transports et Services) to firms and the public authorities.

Following an analysis of the requirements of companies by employment catchment area, it is planned to conduct a wide-reaching recruitment campaign with Pole Emploi and training bodies, in particular on social media, to reach young people more efficiently. This target audience is particularly sought-after by employers in view of their natural adoption of digital tools and how they learn to use them through increasingly comprehensive initial education curriculums in their schools and colleges. But training can also be ongoing, and enables employees to effect the shift into digitalisation, which implies using new digital tools, new more collaborative working methods, and also new responsibilities.


In spite of the pressing requirements of companies, initial training and education is often unsuccessful in attracting future graduates to the sector. This is quite incongruous, given its promising job perspectives and the relatively high graduate employment rate.

According to the annual survey jointly conducted by AFT and IPTL (the Educational Institute for Transport) on the future of graduates following an academic course in transport and logistics, 66% of college-leavers are in a job or looking for one, 28% have chosen to continue full time education (or are repeating their last year of study) and 6% say that they are jobless. Transport therefore offers young people good prospects for their first job, but undeservedly suffers from a negative image. Working conditions in the profession have become considerably less difficult and all positions in the firm require more technical skills and less physical effort. In this respect, modern transport management entails the proficiency, or at least a good basic grounding, in computerised and mobile tools, but the technical progress of the most recent vehicles and their connectivity makes them easier to drive even if they also require new skills. In warehouses, handling staff, after learning how to use goods identification terminals and picking tools, must learn to work with robots or on smart automated lines. And managers become expert in using real-time performance analysis systems which, after the execution of transport and logistics, help to optimise ongoing processes and establish different scenarios and strategies to maximise profitability.

Training organisations have succeeded in adapting to all of these job fields and with the new demands of carriers with increasingly extensive curriculums, giving over a growing number of timeslots to lessons in collaborative management, IT or virtual simulation. AFT, Promotrans, Greta, Aftral, RFT and numerous automotive apprentice training colleges offer for example driving lessons on a 3D simulator or «serious games» using 3D modelling to simulate a manoeuvre, a task at a loading bay, or even a repair. These round out training programmes in real-life conditions which are also adjusted to technical developments, in particular those of latest generations of vehicles. The Promotrans training centre in Gonesse for example took delivery of a fully-equipped Mercedes Atago 1223 Euro 6 to train future drivers in new on-board technology starting in the academic year 2017-2018.

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