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Work/study at the Dunkirk LNG terminal

02/07/19

During the academic year of 2018-19, four sandwich-course students are being trained at the Dunkirk LNG terminal. Whether on a career-development contract or an apprenticeship, they are both students and employees of Dunkerque LNG or of Gaz-Opale. With one foot in college and the other in the world of work, sandwich courses benefit the students' training and the company, which can draw on the students' enthusiasm.

Coline Fryson is a Human Resources Assistant at Dunkerque LNG. She has a baccalauréat in economics and social sciences, including a specialization in maths. After obtaining a university diploma in the administrative and commercial management of businesses at Littoral Côte d’Opale IUT in Saint-Omer, she chose to pursue her studies by taking a professional bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management on a work/study basis at Dunkerque LNG. Coline believes that a sandwich course undoubtedly benefits her training: "the work/study programme let me put into practice the knowledge that I acquired at university and I was also able to make use of the skills that I learnt in the company at university." At the Dunkirk LNG terminal, she found an environment that was well suited to her training: "During my work/study programme at Dunkerque LNG, I received excellent assistance and support and felt part of the site. On an industrial site like this one, you learn something every day. When there was a change in shareholders, I discovered the meaning of change in a company and what it entails. I learnt a lot during this year and I will take some very fond memories away with me." This work/study year at the LNG terminal also allowed Coline to come to a decision on her future career. She now wishes to pursue her studies by taking a Master’s degree in human resources.

This is the same path as that followed by Jennifer Fourrier, the Human Resources Assistant at Dunkerque LNG. For her two-year Master’s degree course, Jennifer opted for a sandwich programme that she completed at the terminal. She considered her course to be a successful experience that enabled her to grow: "Training provides the foundations of an occupation but the sandwich course let me discover many different aspects of human resources," she explains and goes on to add that, "a sandwich course lets you grow professionally and learn to work independently. When you are faced with a fait accompli, you are forced to find a solution and look for information, which makes you grow and mature." She believes that the support that she received within the company contributed to her successful completion of the course. Over the two-year work/study programme, she was accompanied by a mentor who had complete confidence in her. Currently on a temporary contract at Dunkerque LNG, she is convinced that her work/study experience will benefit her career: "I became more self-confident and learnt a lot. Above all, I learnt how to be more thorough in my work and I also created a professional network that will undoubtedly help me in the future."

Jennifer Fourrier also provides an insight into the Human Resources department’s view of the benefits enjoyed by the Dunkirk LNG terminal when it recruits individuals on a sandwich course. For a company, sandwich courses enable it to train students for an occupation, to transfer skills and, above all, to forge a bond with a student who is already familiar with its business culture and could fill a position that arises at a later date. In her opinion, a work/study intern also gives a lot to the company: "the person's fresh perspective, "practical" skills, ideas in general and neutrality when decisions are made."

On 3 April, the Dunkirk LNG terminal took part in the work/study trade show, "DK Job’alternance". According to Lucie Adamczak, Communications Officer at Dunkerque LNG, the site’s participation in this event testifies to the importance of work/study programmes for the terminal: "To bring ourselves to the attention of young people, these encounters are essential. It is vital that we go out to meet young people so that they can gain a better understanding of the industrial world. By creating a connection with them, we can create a vocation. This type of event shows students that the industrial world is accessible." In fact, Lucie Adamczak completed a Master's degree in International Marketing & Communication at IAE Lille on a work/study programme with the Dunkirk LNG terminal. She arrived at the terminal at the beginning of the construction phase. In her opinion, taking part in the construction process taught her a lot: "I saw the terminal come out of the ground. In terms of communication, the site was a blank canvas. With my mentor at the time, we had several challenges that affected very different areas of communication to overcome. That is what I enjoyed. Thanks to the variety of the work and contact with a competent professional, I learnt an enormous amount." At the end of her course, Lucie was offered a permanent contract with Dunkerque LNG. Today, she is, in turn, a mentor. This change of perspective lets her explain the benefits that a work/study intern can represent for a company: "On a personal level, it is an opportunity to gain some initial experience in a management role. Having taken the work/study route, I have a better understanding of the programme's challenges and the students’ expectations. They come in with new ideas that shake up our habits. It has a positive impact on the departments as it makes people question themselves on a regular basis."

Article présenté sur la lettre d'information : Juillet 2019

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