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    The Professional Skills Module at IFP School


    The Professional Skills Module (PSM) was set up ten or so years ago to enable students with 4 years of higher education on work-study programs and students not on work-study programs on  GOL, GOP, DEG, ENEP, POLY, MOT, PWT, PRO and ENM programs (i.e. all programs apart from PEM and RGE, due to their specific schedules related to students' international mobility) to situate their job in the energy and transport sector, while getting involved in a multicultural work context. With a wide range of specific group projects and lessons, it enables students to tackle cross-cutting subjects to more effectively prepare for their workplace integration.

    The broad range of workshops cover, for example, the governance of companies and markets, geopolitics of energy, international negotiations and even controlling the costs of an industrial project. They are led by around forty lecturers, teachers and consultants from the private sector.

    2018 edition

    For the 2018 session of the PSM, students will work on six projects, hinged around topics concerning innovation and entrepreneurship, the energy transition from the point of view of cities and the point of view of georesources, gas market flexibility, natural gas conversion and CO2 management.



    Focus on entrepreneurship

    In 2017, IFP School students were able to follow a new Innovation and Entrepreneurship module within the PSM. They discovered a range of aspects related to business start-ups: proposal of innovative ideas to address current challenges in the field of mobility, development of a business model, definition of a marketing plan to accelerate the growth of the future company and pitching of their ideas in order to convince potential investors. Thanks to a partnership with the CESI (professional training center) in Nanterre, the students were also able to prototype their ideas in a FabLab.

    In 2017, students having opted for the Geothermal energy project also devised a Monopoly game based around this topic



    Previous sessions

    In 2016, students worked on five projects proposed by the School, hinged around energy efficiency and poverty, the energy transition, gas market flexibility, natural gas conversion and CO2 management.

    In 2015, the PSM module enabled IFP School students to rally around the issues of international climate negotiations in 2015. They were tasked with creating a COP21 simulation focusing on the issue of CO2, a huge success as is illustrated in this video.