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IT, management, project management, personal development or office skills, these are the sectors in which Atos Origin Formation offers training. While this offer was originally aimed at employees of Atos Origin, today it is open to all.
In the 1970s, the group sought computer technicians but failed to find profiles corresponding to its needs. The idea came to train young graduates within the company and then to employ them. Quickly, these training programmes were extended to other companies. “These workshops were adapted and focused on themes so that employees of other companies could follow the programme of their choice,” explains Samy Arzoine, Director of the training centre. Today, the Atos Origin Formation catalogue contains no less than 350 programmes, from one to five days in duration. Taught by qualified trainers and speakers, they are all geared towards metiers and blend theory and practical teaching, the latter comprising 50 to 80% of content. “Our training allows trainees to sit for certificates or to prepare for them. Trainees also emerge fully operational in their metier,” specifies the Director.
Training is provided in the heart of Paris in training centres accessible by a range of public transport options. The catalogue presents a schedule where companies can sign up employees for inter-company sessions. Atos Origin Formation can also put in place intra-company sessions aimed exclusively at employees from the one company.
A mixed formula
There is one formula that is drawing more and more professionals: Blended Learning. Introduced in 2008, this mixed learning mode combines e-learning with face-to-face sessions with a trainer. “This represents an advantage in terms of travel, and enables companies to optimise their budgets,” points out Samy Arzoine. The initial e-learning component consists in following between five and six modules over three weeks via any computer with an Internet connection. These modules remain accessible by the trainee for one year. Each can evolve at his or her own rhythm. Next, during classroom sessions, trainers place an emphasis on practical aspects. On the strength of this formula, Atos Origin Formation is offering Blended Learning programmes for management and personal development but is also extending the approach to technical courses.
A response to today’s issues
Another field of action for Atos Origin Formation is the support of change. Led by a team of experts in this domain, this option consists in supporting businesses in the midst of changing their organisation or renewing their IT systems. In this framework, the approach is more personalised. “Our approach aims at helping employees to familiarise themselves with the new tools at their disposal so that they can use them quickly and efficiently,” explains Samy Arzoine.
Atos Origin Formation has a wide-ranging panel of clients, from SMEs to large businesses. While the majority of clients are French, many come from French-speaking countries such as Canada, Tunisia or Morocco to follow the centre’s teaching. Certain courses are even taught in English. Fees range from 275 to 2,880 euros (before tax). Trainees are often managers wishing to acquire new skills or to update their existing knowledge. One of the assets of Atos Origin Formation is that it regularly renews its offer to meet technological evolutions and business needs.
This year, the structure has added to its catalogue courses relating to sustainable development and innovation, as well as human resources for management (managing diversity, career management for seniors, the management of innovation or work from home). “We are in the process of building ourselves up, offering broader formulas that correspond to current issues,” confides Samy Arzoine.