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Jobs and Training Space


Helping young students discover industrial trades and informing them about the industrial training on offer in Haute-Savoie are just some the objectives for the Jobs and Training space at SIMODEC 

For this to happen, several events have been created that mix education and fun: taster sessions to discover technical trades, watch demonstrations of machines and robots and obtain information about the training on offer in Haute-Savoie


"We're expecting 1,000 young people to come, so it made sense to give them a dedicated space," explains Virginie Fabre, SNDEC's project manager. "It's not easy for a 14 year-old to take part in an industrial tradeshow. Therefore we really focused on showing the fun and games that can be had within these trades. We also hope to break popular misconceptions about the industry and contribute to giving it a more positive image."



A closer look at some of the events at the stand


For method engineering:

  • A digital challenge to test how you create a manufacturing order

For machining, maintenance and electrical engineering:

  • An escape room with a Cluedo mystery theme. Developed by UIMM and already trialled by young people at the CFAI, this event has been reviewed and adapted.
  • Put on a virtual reality headset to carry out maintenance, automation and machining operations.

For robotics:

  • Robot Fly Trophy: At this competition experimenting with automation, 75 students will pass their robotics qualification. The programming competition on the Stäubli robot will take place on the stand.

For sustainable development:

A picture based on "Where's Wally?" acts as a fun observation game. The objective is to show the role of each and every industry professional in the preservation and improvement of the environment.

Business aspects :

A dedicated space for giving a 360° understanding of all aspects of industrial companies.

Training aspects :

Regional training opportunities are showcased.


Making the industry accessible

In order to grasp the attention of young visitors, an educational and inclusive taster session has already been rolled out for all to take part.

To help them discover the industry, the young people are put into groups in which they take part in challenging games by learning from the various professional stands. It is a great opportunity for them to explore SIMODEC.

"We hoped to create a balance of immersion at a professional tradeshow, with machines and an incentive to discover the stands in a fun way", adds Virginie. "We also want to prove to them that industrial careers are accessible to everyone at every qualification level, regardless of gender. Service providers are also very present in the industry and new trades all have their place.


Above all, we hope to raise awareness. We have several objectives:

  • Help them discover trades or validate their decisions,
  • Open a field of opportunities in the industry,
  • Help them build up a positive image of the industry.

More than twenty partners have come together for this project, giving it real bearing. For example: Regional players, the ministry of national education, employment partners, players in professional integration, initiatives for young people and more."


To help young people discover the show, they will be accompanied by older students from:

  • Lycée du Mont Blanc,
  • Mechanical and method engineering students from Polytech,
  • Maintenance students at the CFAI
  • Technical sales students at the Lycée du Mont Blanc
  • Lycée Charles Poncet, and more.


The Talent Area will also be open to people looking for employment. Our partners at the Employment Office, Mission Locale Jeunes, Cité des Métiers, Alpege and Synergie in particular all offer information on how to learn more at their respective stands. The Mix&Trades Initiative run by Synergie is more specifically targeted at women. As a partner, the Talent Area Stand has given them a special place.

The Talent Area is organised by the National Bar Turning Syndicate, the French Metallurgy Trade Union (CSM) and the Industrial Trade and Mechanics Qualification Campus.

It was set up following the SMILE project, a tradeshow for industrial and business trades that ran between 2008 and 2018 at Rochexpo.