As the textile industry becomes more technical and advanced, it requires employees with a new skill set and many schools of higher education are upgrading their curriculum accordingly.
French engineering school ITECH, in response to these needs from the industry, is introducing two new majors as part of its European Master program.
The program will offer majors in Plastic Materials and Textile Materials beginning in September, adding to the school’s major in Formulation Chemistry that is in its second year.
“Having been interested since the launch of this project, Europe’s textile and plastic manufacturing federations have supported ITECH’s Polymer Science program by sponsoring our majors in Plastic Materials and Textile Materials,” said Jerome Marcilloux, dean of ITECH. “These industries’ companies are experiencing the same difficulties in recruiting international engineers.”
Taught entirely in English, the European Master program trains students to be fully operational immediately after graduation, providing leading companies from the sector with a recruitment pool of young, specialized engineers who are motivated to pursue international careers in polymer science.
Thanks to agreements with companies such as Textinov, and federations like Allizée Plasturgie and UNITEX, students are guaranteed internships throughout the three-year program, as well as financial aid in the form of scholarships. The school said it is this investment by companies in ITECH’s students that makes this program special.
Graduates from ITECH’s French program are already working in companies such as Louis Vuitton and Hermès in roles as diverse as leather engineer, industrial project manager, production manager and head of sustainability.
The internship program includes a minimum of 11 months practical work experience in a partner company that may go on to recruit the student upon graduation. Depending on the company, students may carry out their internships in France or abroad, with at least one international. Graduates work in a range of positions, from research and development, through technical sales and marketing to production.
Financing by plastic and textile industry companies allows for selected students to gain full or partial scholarships. The program runs for three years.
Based in Lyon, which is historically renowned for its textile industry, ITECH trains engineers in the fields of polymers and their applications, including plastics, textiles, leather and formulation chemistry incorporating paints, inks, adhesives and cosmetics. Founded in 1988, it was created and backed by professional unions and companies, and teaches more than 450 students a year in programs from undergraduate engineering degrees to a specialized master in project innovation.