Highly-skilled and talented labour is at your disposal, to grow your business in Western France


    • 4 universities (Nantes, Le Mans, Maine et UCO)
    • 13 engineering or business schools:
      AUDENCIA, Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN), Ecole Supérieure d‘Agriculture d’Angers (ESA Angers), Ecole Supérieure Angevine d‘Informatique et de Productique (ESAIP), Ecole Supérieure du Bois (ESB), ESEO, Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA), Institut Catholique des Arts et Métiers (ICAM), Institut Supérieur des Matériaux et Mécaniques Avancés (ISMANS), L‘école de design Nantes Atlantique, Ecole des Mines de Nantes (EMN), ONIRIS, Polytech Nantes
    • 2 international secondary schools: La Baule and Nantes
    • 1 American university in Angers: St Edwards University (Austin/Texas)


    • 11,800 R&D researchers (public & private)
    • 380 almost research teams
    • 200 laboratories among:
      IRCCyN, Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique de Nantes – Angers, Laboratoire d’Acoustique de l’Université du Maine, ONIRIS (sensorimétrie et chimiométrie), INRA (Biopolymères, Interactions, Assemblages), Centre de cancérologie Nantes-Angers, Institut de Recherche en Génie Civil et Mécanique (GeM), Laboratoire Motricité, Interactions, Performance ; Centre de Droit Maritime et Océanique ; Littoral, Environnement, Télédétection, Géomatique

    Skilled labour

    • A worker tradition (shipyards, Airbus, Bénéteau)
    • Skilled labor in the agri-food sector (Lactalis, LDC, Fleury Michon, Sodebo etc)
    • Strong experience in technical learning and education: one of the first French region in terms of learning with 27,000 apprentices or 6.3% of the young population (16-25 years) (5.3% in France)
    • A campus dedicated to the transformation of composites and hybrid materials: the Manufacturing Academy will open in early 2017. The campus will be based near the Jules Verne IRT. 1,000 young people of which 500 will be trained alternately from CAP to PhD in 8,000 m² open-plan school workshops.
    • A campus dedicated to the vegetal in Angers: the 1st French division (2,500 students et 25 trainings)

A talented and highly-skilled labor force

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