Eiffage Énergie Systèmes’ Transport & Distribution subsidiary is in charge of rebuilding a 16-km stretch of a 400,000-volt power line for French electricity transport grid RTE, and has committed to boosting employment and fostering professional integration in the Hauts-de-France region. After an initial selection, 24 candidates were chosen for a life-size test at the top of the pylons.
Working in close collaboration with client RTE, training centre GESR Énergies and establishments for vocational integration and employment (Maisons de l’insertion et de l’emploi) in Douai, Lens-Liévin-Hénin-Carvin, Lille Métropole Sud and Arras, our subsidiary has undertaken to train the overhead power line fitters. Three information meetings were first organized by the project’s protagonists, in order to present training content and potential job prospects to the 50 candidates mobilized by the Maisons de l’insertion et de l’emploi. 24 applicants, including 10 local people, were selected after a first series of interviews.
These applicants were next invited to test their abilities in the field. The project for the future VHV power link between the towns of Avelin (59) and Gavrelle (62) involves the installation of 40 ground-breaking pylons by 2022. RTE has thus designed a special test station in La Capelle (02) for this worksite. Two traditional pylons and two Équilibre pylons (prototypes derived from our engineering studies) were constructed in this test station, to train RTE’s future maintenance teams. The 24 candidates were also able to practise here before validating their work-study contracts.
After four consecutive workshops (safety, console assembly, substation visits and pylon climbing) and a final interview coordinated by our teams, the apprentice power line fitters began their two-year work-study training course under the aegis of Eiffage Énergie Systèmes and with a view to long-term employment.