Summer may be approaching, but that doesn't mean it's time to stop thinking about school, according to Renault.

The French automaker will start awarding what it calls the first "diploma" signifying expertise in electric vehicles and electro-mobility.

Renault is funding courses held at the IUT technology institute in Mantes (about 35 miles west of Paris) that will start in September. Students will complete an 11-month work-study program, in which one week of classroom instruction will be given for every two weeks of "real world" professional internship experience.

Some of the specific areas to be covered in the 20-person classes include EV design, on-board information-technology systems and charging infrastructure. Folks can sign up here through June 16 to be considered for the first batch of students. The money spent on these classes is a small part of Renault's overall EV spending. Renault, along with sister company Nissan, is said to have invested $5 billion in the development of electric-drive vehicles in expectation of surging EV sales over the next few years.

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The Renault Foundation launches the first professional "electric vehicle and electro-mobility" diploma

The Renault Foundation is proposing financing for holders of a two-year diploma in further education to complete a training course in future professions in the electric transport and automobile sector.

Organized on a work-study basis at the Mantes IUT technology institute west of Paris, the professional diploma in "Electric Vehicle and Electro-mobility" can be obtained at the company of the student's choice.

Registration is open through June 16, 2012 on the IUT website at (on the training course page). The first class of 20 students will start up in September.

Trainees will be supported and coached all year long by Foundation members.

The Renault Foundation is launching a new training course for students with two years' further education (Bac+2 or professional-experience diploma) in partnership with the IUT technology institute in Mantes (Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin): the first professional diploma (a French licence) on eco-mobility.

The objective is to finance a training program for students on work-study programs to enhance their employability and prepare them for mid-manager job positions in the following fields:

- electric vehicle design, production and after-sales service;
- onboard IT systems;
- charging infrastructure.

"This program enables us to bring our industrial vision to the academic world in strategic areas such as electric vehicles," says Hélène Mairesse, deputy director of the Renault Foundation.

Students are selected on the basis of social criteria "so as to better foster equal opportunities". Applicants must hold a two-year degree in further education or a French level-three (Niveau III) approved diploma and be interested in science and industry. Registration is open through June 16, 2012 on the website, on the training course page.

The 20 students of the first class will benefit from an 11-month internship split between one week of classroom learning for every two weeks of hands-on experience at their host company.
The team in charge of the project at the Foundation will remain attentive to the students' needs throughout, and even after, the course through collective and individual training sessions.

In another innovation of the professional diploma program, a coaching system has been organized to give young people the best possible chance to find a host company in order to sign their internship contract and also to help them integrate the job world once they have their diploma in hand.

"We hope that this program – a key lever in our social responsibility commitment – will be a great success with young people and that the first class delivers on results!" says Hélène Mairesse.

About the Renault Foundation

The Renault Foundation has been working in further education for over ten years. It creates and finances innovative programs on multi-cultural management, having developed an MBA in International Management at Université de Dauphine, and sustainable mobility, with a Masters in Transport and Sustainable Development at ParisTech. Today the international graduate network has 580 Renault "ambassadors" from ten of the company's operating countries.

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