by Forrest Crellin

PARIS (Reuters) – Thousands of jobs will need to be filled in France in the next ten years in order to meet the recruitment needs of the hydrogen sector, France Hydrogène estimated in a report on Thursday.

According to the association, 100,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created in the sector by 2030, but companies are already facing difficulties in hiring.

Training could be organized to deal with this situation but, although such an offer already exists, many professionals in the sector consider it insufficient.

“A major issue is the flexibility of training from the start, and the ability to scale and adapt training and certification to project production,” said Ludovic Bertrand, director of the Carif-Oref employment network , during an event organized by France Hydrogène.

“We will have to work together to meet these challenges,” he added.

France Hydrogène recommends the creation of “job passes” in order to ensure skills transfer and enable retraining paths, particularly for engineers working in sectors affected by the energy transition.

(Reporting Forrest Crellin; Camille Raynaud, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)

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