Presentation of OMSA degrees (University of Paris-Est – Marne-la-Vallée) by Anne Abboud
PSA Retail supports training for young people
- Anne Abboud, sponsor of the class of 2018-2019 of the OMSA (Automotive Services Organisation & Management) vocational undergraduate degree awarded by the University of Paris-Est – Marne-la-Vallée
- Graduation ceremony at the PSA Retail Grenelle site in Paris
- A focus on young people central to PSA Retail’s recruitment policy
- 400 young people (aged 16 to 25) on the PSA Retail France SAS payroll
Graduation ceremony for a programme of excellence
When presenting degrees to some 50 young people at a ceremony held at the PSA Retail site on Boulevard de Grenelle in Paris, Anne Abboud, Senior Vice-President of PSA Retail, expressed pride at having sponsored the class of 2018-2019 of the OMSA vocational undergraduate degree awarded by the University of Paris-Est – Marne-la-Vallée (UPEM).
A programme of excellence established to train future Automotive Services managers, the degree is governed by a partnership agreement signed in 2004 between the University of Paris-Est – Marne-la-Vallée and the French National Automotive Training Association.
The course promotes the development of Automotive Services management functions. The target functions are varied and offer many career opportunities.
Trained in customer relations activities and the organisation of maintenance services and stores, holders of the OMSA vocational undergraduate degree, once they have a few years of experience, and depending on the size of the company, will be able to become workshop managers, spare parts store managers or after-sales managers.
A specific focus on students, with 400 young people on the PSA Retail France payroll
PSA Retail’s CSR policy puts a specific focus on young people. PSA Retail France SAS, the French arm of Groupe PSA’s distribution group, which operates in 11 European countries, currently employs 400 young people aged from 16 to 25 on apprenticeship or vocational training contracts. They represent 9% of the company’s total French workforce.
For these contracts, 50% of the young people stay on after their programme has finished. That means that one in two obtain a job as a permanent employee at PSA Retail at the end of their combined work-study period.
Anne Abboud, Senior Vice-President of PSA Retail, said: “PSA Retail is willing and able to attract young people. I am very proud to have sponsored the class of 2018-2019 of the OMSA vocational undergraduate degree offered by the University of Paris-Est. The automotive distribution sector is one of full employment. It is attractive and, above all, it is undergoing a profound transformation, with the challenges of digitisation and the energy transition. PSA Retail wishes to attract the best employees to support its ambitious development plan, and will continue to make young people – vectors of new ideas – central to its recruitment policy.”
Olivier Calvet, director of the OMSA undergraduate degree, said:
“The efficiency with which the university training centre and the employer work together is one of the keys to the success of a combined work-study course. Since the creation of the degree in 2004, Groupe PSA, first through the brand branches and then with the PSA Retail subsidiary, has emerged as a key player in the OMSA vocational undergraduate degree.
Always the leader when it comes to placing apprentices, PSA Retail offers significant integration capabilities in high value-added positions. We are confident about the future involvement of Groupe PSA’s own network in these training programmes, which are key for automotive services management.”