This synthesis highlights the metal workers shortage in the Pays de la Loire Region, France, that has to be tackled in order to support the developpment of marine renewable energies in the region.
The Pays de la Loire Region faces important metal workers shortage partly due to dynamic shipyards: in 2015, the metallurgy occupations represented around 31 800 employees and 5232 interim workers.
The current trend is to employ skilled workers with fixed-term contracts :
In 2016, 6 out of 10 occupations were difficult to fill in the region. The recruitment difficulties mainly concern the occupations related to the shaping of metal ( machining, forming, cutting, deformation, assembly). There is also a skill shortage in welding occupations.
With the rising of the MREs, these needs may be accentuated. All the more that metal occupations are not considered as attractive among young people.
This issue has to be tackled in order not to geopardize the developpment of marine renewable energies in the Pays de la Loire Region. Indeed, metal working skills are required to manufacture and maintain marine renewable structures, such as offshore wind turbines.
In this perspective, WEAMEC plan to participate to the promotion of metalworking occupations, especially among young people.
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