SOLUTRANS 2019: a vector for employment and training on the heavy-duty and urban vehicle market

An essential segment of the French economy, the heavy-duty and urban vehicle industry today employs approximately 550,000 people. It has nearly 40,000 positions open for immediate recruitment in transport, industry and services, from production to operation.

SOLUTRANS, the international show for road and urban transport solutions, helps the sector address these strategic challenges and at its next edition, from 19 to 23 November 2019 at Eurexpo Lyon, will be laying on a Training Area spanning more than 1,000 m² and a Job Forum to foster meetings between recruiters and candidates in the sector.

The trade show thus aims to help people discover or rediscover the different job areas in the industry and their associated training paths, but also promote employment. To do so, a wide array of events has been planned together with the partners involved.


On this occasion, the French Bodywork Federation (FFC) will launch a platform dedicated to jobs, MOBILI’JOB, in partnership with Monster. This platform aims to aggregate all the job vacancies in the sector, facilitate recruitment and foster relations between recruiters and candidates. It brings together the stakeholders involved, from cars to HGVs and from industry to services. It is open to all firms and organisations in the sector wishing to post their job adverts, with multiple web publication. Gateways have also been planned to subsequently duplicate these adverts on specialist employment websites such as Monster and Pôle Emploi, thereby offering increased exposure.

Forum Emploi

A large Job Forum will also be organised, in partnership with the sector’s specialists, brinigng recruiters and candidates into contact with one another. People wishing to join the industry or develop their career in it will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and apply directly to firms.

“Our industry is actively on the lookout for new blood in all our lines of business. Through this area and this Job Forum, we are intending to shine a light on our job disciplines and support recruiters and candidates in their respective searches by providing them with enhanced exposure and dedicated tools,” explains Dominique Petro, Head of Training at FFC.

Job Dating sessions will be laid on by Pôle Emploi:

  • on Wednesday 20 November from 14:00 to 17:00, dedicated to jobs in transport and logistics;
  • and on Thursday 21 November from 9:30 to 12:30 for heavy duty manufacturers and body builders.

-     An array of special features is also on the agenda, initiated and organised by partners of FFC, to showcase the jobs available in the sector connected with new technology:

  • Les Compagnons du Devoir will offer an augmented reality workshop to test welding and will run a demonstration of a 3D printer to make parts used for bodywork manufacture and repair.
  • The FFC’s training college (CFA) will provide a vehicle painting simulator to test paint application practices, allowing visitors to discover and try out covering techniques.
  • Formation
    Students on the technical diploma course in bodywork design and construction at GARAC (National College for Car, Motorbike and HGV Professions) will show their design of a three wheeled trike converted from a top-end motorbike.
  • AFTRAL will present HGV driver simulators and, outdoors, will offer beginner sessionsin driving a learner truck. It will also organise an educational trail on the adverse effects of alcohol using simulation spectacles.


-       Finally, a range of talks will provide a complementary vision:

  • A talk on employment, on Thursday 21 November from 14:00 to 15:00: “Truck sector ecosystem, the state of play in basic training and employment”: the idea being to provide prospective data on the development of jobs in the industry and its impact on skill requirements.
  • The representatives of Pôle Emploi Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Monster will welcome business leaders, HR directors, candidates and students to offer them advice in recruitment and present training courses to facilitate induction.


The stage is set at SOLUTRANS 2019 to revamp the image of the truck sector and the performances of the industry to promote its job disciplines and trigger vocations.

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