Training the key players in the energy transition
Training is one of IFP Energies nouvelles' statutory missions. It fulfills this mission via IFP School.
IFP School provides young graduate engineers with advanced graduate programs leading to professional qualifications in the fields of:
It has a dual ambition:
To achieve these objectives, it focuses on:
“What companies mostly appreciate about our graduates – and the reason they are so sought after – are their technical skills, allowing them to be immediately operational in industry as soon as they graduate.” >> Interview
IFP School is supported by close partnerships with industry, which take a variety of forms. Hence, 80% of IFP School students are sponsored and funded by over 50 French and foreign companies. This level has remained stable despite the economic crisis, demonstrating the strength of the School's economic model. In addition, the number of students is determined in liaison with partner companies on the basis of recruitment opportunities.
This strategy ensures that IFP School remains in step with industry requirements. It also explains how it has been able to maintain a high placement level in a difficult economic context: in 2013, 97% of IFP School's graduates found a job within three months following the completion of their program.
IFP School also changes the content of its training courses to reflect the needs of industry. In an energy transition context, course units have been developed on energy efficiency, biofuels and, more generally, on new energy technologies (NETs). Thanks to the skills acquired, IFP School graduates are immediately operational for the energy and transport sectors and prepared for the jobs of the future in the field of NETs.
IFP School also owes its success to its teaching model, based on a close relationship with industry. The applied teaching programs incorporate numerous case studies, the use of industrial software, industrial placements, etc. In addition to the School's full-time staff and IFPEN's researchers, around 350 specialists from the world of industry deliver courses each year. Some training courses can also be delivered as part of a work-study program, enabling students to acquire real professional experience thanks to alternating periods within the School and in industry.
High-quality graduate programs
IFP School proposes 17 graduate programs. The admission rate for specialized programs leading to engineering degrees or national recognized Master's degrees is around 10%. While most courses are industry-focused, others are oriented towards research or aimed at professionals already working in industry. IFP School thus hosts some forty PhD students every year. The School has over 600 graduates per year.
IFP School has a strong international dimension; almost 50% of its students are foreign nationals, from 46 different countries. What's more, half of its graduate programs are delivered totally in English.
This multiculturalism appeals to students. It supports the strategy of international companies operating in oil and gas-producing countries, determined to significantly increase the percentage of local employees. Finally, it meets the growing needs of state-owned companies in oil producing countries for qualified specialist personnel.
In 2013, the number of students from BRIC countries remained significant:
This phenomenon is being seen for Master's programs in both energy-related fields and the motor vehicle sector.
An international intake
In the fall of 2012, 322 new students enrolled on one of IFP School's 10 applied training programs. The new intake includes 47% international students, predominantly from major oil and gas-producing countries, but also from European and BRIC countries.
The three most highly represented countries are Spain, Nigeria and Russia.
Off-site programs are also organized outside France in partnership with IFP Training, a subsidiary of IFPEN. They concern around a hundred graduates every year.
In 2013, programs of this type were run in:
Off-site programs form part of a sustainable development approach founded on nurturing and developing local expertise. These programs depend on partnerships with local universities and industrial sponsors.
Today, more than 13,000 IFP School alumni are working in the oil, gas and motor vehicle industries, in over 100 different countries.
This network forms an important link for French and European industry internationally.
IFP School's Key Figures
- 17 programs (masters level), half of them are taught in English
Discover IFP School
Each year, IFP School organizes promotional initiatives to present its programs in the energy, transport and environment sectors with a view to encouraging the best students to apply.
The new version of the IFP School website, resolutely 2.0, provides among other things:
In February 2013, IFP School, the Tuck Foundation and Statoil signed a five-year academic partnership agreement.
The agreement comprises two components:
In 2013, IFP School launched a new management training program: the Executive Master's in International Oil and Gas Leadership.
This program is the result of a partnership with the prestigious Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, based in Geneva.
The Executive Master's program is aimed at experienced professionals, managers of national and international oil companies, diplomats and civil servants. It tackles a broad range of international challenges in the oil and gas sector– principally exploration and production –, as well as regulatory and governance issues. The focus is on managerial and leadership expertise specific to the sector.
At the start of June, a team of four students, including three from IFP School, won the 2013 Saipem Talentissimo challenge. In this competition, participants are asked to complete a technical case study.
This year, the task was to assess the technical feasibility and financial viability of developing a new field close to a working floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility.
The success follows numerous awards won in recent years by IFP School students, reflecting the relevance and quality of the training delivered by the School.
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Tan Sri Dato' Shamsul Azhar Abbas
CEO of Petronas and Honorary Patron of the 2013 intake
“Being a sponsor means a lot to me as I feel that the School has greatly contributed to my personal development as well as to my career.
I have benefited tremendously from my studies here and being the Honorary Patron is a way for me to give something back to the School.
I appreciate this opportunity and deem it a great honor.
What I would like to say to the Class of 2013 is that they are in the right industry at an exciting time. They will enter the workforce at a pivotal moment of change.
I have great hopes and dreams for them to continue to bear the torch and to innovate to find solutions that will drive the industry forward.”
“What I really like about IFP School is that we learn more than just theory. A lot of time is spent putting lessons into practice. At the end of the program, we are very well-prepared to work in the oil and gas industry.”
“I am from Arts et Métiers, a school geared towards general engineering. Through my apprenticeship course at IFP School, I have acquired a more concrete vision of processes thus giving me a more complete education.
Being an apprentice is not simply being a student – it has a special status. From the very start I was welcomed by the company as a professional and was assigned real projects to work on.”
training programs delivered in English.
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of students on applied training programs have the status of apprentices.