DCNS Develops Talent

Founded almost four centuries ago, DCNS is nowadays the world leader in naval defence and an innovative player in energy. Enriched by a secular know-how, the Group decided in 2008 to devote this unique experience to people out of projects, by creating the knowledge transfer programme DCNS Develops Talent

Because the Group has a secular know-how, because it elaborates and conceives exceptional products, who like submarines have a lifespan of twenty-five years, knowledge transfer is in a way DCNS’ DNA. From this main idea, this founding idea, DCNS decided in 2008 to set up the knowledge transfer programme DCNS Develops Talent. Beyond its economical and social contribution, by creating value and jobs, DCNS has also wished to make a citizenship contribution to society. DCNS Develops Talent has been, for the last four years, helping people out of projects acquire a diploma-awarding training and start a career within DCNS or another company. Because of its exceptional engagement on behalf of a private company DCNS was awarded in 2010 the ”Trophée National de l’Entreprise Citoyenne” (national award for corporate citizenship) under the high patronage of the French Senate.


This know-how and skills transfer can only be done if it is organised by the company on the one hand, and if on the other hand, those who detain the knowledge approve. It is at this point that tutoring comes into play. The programmes originality is indeed based on the Group’s co-workers voluntary service. Many hundreds of them offer each year to become an apprentice mentor, for those who choose a sandwich training at the different DCNS sites. These mentors, who are true key-men of DCNS Develops Talent, devote their knowledge and expertise to teaching a job and transferring their knowledge. This association allows the mentor to give life to his qualification beyond himself and helps the apprentice acquire an irreplaceable experience. Above all, the association creates social cohesion and establishes a human relationship based on sharing and mutual trust.

The two main goals of DCNS Develops Talent are to provide a professional project to those who do not have one, but also to open the doors of the industrial world to those who are often shut out of it. From 2008 to 2010, the programme was centred on integrating struggling young people, who had neither a qualification nor a job. In 2011, a second problem was added: reintegrating into the workplace young, and not so young people, obliged to move on because of school or professional difficulties. Since 2012, for its third phase, the programme faces a new challenge: integrating all the talents of the industrial world. This time, as well as integration and reintegration, the challenges of social diversity and accessibility are broached.

In order to introduce DCNS Develops Talent to the future apprentices, the Group has surrounded itself with several first rank actors of the social world: the Conseil national des missions locales (the National council for local missions), Défense mobilité (the former soldiers reconversion agency), Pôle Emploi (the Employment Agency), the Établissement Public d’Insertion de la Défense (the Public Institution for Defense Integration). The programme is also managed with the support of “l’Union des industries et métiers de la métallurgie” (the federation for industries and the metal industry trades). All these partners relay, each year, the information campaign, which allows DCNS to make its trades and its help system known to the concerned public. It also allows welcoming, during mini-internships, those who wish to take advantage of the opportunities that the programme offers. The ones with the most motivation are then welcomed to DCNS for a sandwich training where a mentor follows them. DCNS then supports the people that have finished their training for six months, in order to help them carry on with their studies, or find a job within the Group or another company.

Programme – Key Figures (2008-2012)

  • 3 085 people welcomed at DCNS for a mini-internship (including 716 for 2012)
  • Among these people, 566 were integrated in a sandwich programme within DCNS (including 163 in 2012)