Jobs and skills

According to a study carried out on the Val du Durance by OCO Consulting in 2012, the Alpes de Haute Provence numbered 56,000 jobs, representing an increase of 22% from 1989 to 2007 (15% in France and 24% in the regions).

This increase of over 10,000 jobs is to be found mainly in paid employment, jobs which currently represent 85% of total employment. Moreover, three quarters of paid jobs are located in the Durance valley.

At industrial level, industry in the Alpes de Haute Provence represents 13% of the department's added value. The number of SMEs is estimated at over 90%.

Thus the departmental economy is essentially linked to service activities. 8 jobs out of 10 are in the tertiary sector and 6 out of 10 in trade.

Public Employment Service

A global approach to Human Resources management (RH)

  • Corporate context:
  • You have a project to set up a business in the Alpes de Haute Provence?
  • You have a development project?
  • You have a project relative to the evolution of corporate organisation?
  • The firm's wish to be assisted in the scope of the development of its projects
  • A global approach co-built between the firm and the SPE

4 intervention areas


of employment and professional qualification in the different phases of the project


To the firm in its recruitment and the employees in their job by using the components of Pôle Emploi, la Mission Locale and l'Unité Départementale 04 DIRECCTE PACA


The quality of employment and work conditions


Of the action by putting the interventions of all the players into perspective and in compliance

An integrated service offer ACTIVATE OUR NETWORKS...

Pôle Emploi: recruitment engineering and financing training.
AFPA : engineering expertise in professions and training .
Unité Départementale 04 DIRECCTE PACA : engineering of GPEC - Gestion Prévisionnelle des Emplois et des Compétences (Forward planning of employment and skills) , AFPA: engineering expertise in professions and training. VAE - Validation des Acquis de l'Expérience (Professional Experience Validation project), expertise on work regulations and preparing PAT - Prime à l'Aménagement du Territoire (Regional Planning Grant) dossiers.
Mission Locale: engineering of youth recruitment and professionalization.


A varied training offer

A territory just 1 hour from France's leading university (AIX-MARSEILLE university)!

Higher initial education

The training offer in the Alpes de Haute Provence is part of the academic and university community of Aix-Marseille with more than 640,000 pupils including 120,000 students in the sectors of higher education.

In spite of the fact that the population is spread over a department with a low level of urbanisation, 88 of the 200 municipalities in the department have an educational establishment.

They are distributed as follows:

  • 169 primary establishments (elementary schools and nursery schools),
  • 38 secondary establishments (middle and high schools),
  • 3 apprentice training centres (CFA) including an agricultural centre and 8 training sites per apprenticeship,
  • 2 centres for vocational training and agricultural promotion (CFPPA),
  • 1 university institute for technology (IUT),
  • 1 graduate school for teaching and education (ESPE),
  • 1 group of local public teaching establishments (GRETA),
  • 1 European university of scents and flavour (UESS).

Continuing education: twenty organisations installed in the department!

The training offer is strongly linked to the economic context of the Alpes de Haute Provence (construction, health, agrifood, agriculture, tourism, thermalism, etc.).

The organisations are mostly located in the towns of Digne-les-Bains and Manosque but can however delocalize their training courses to meet a specific demand.


Main training organisations in the department

Eco Campus Provence Formation

Eco Campus Provence Formation is a training campus devoted to energy transition in Sainte-Tulle thanks to a remarkable synergy between all the economic players grouped together with a will to build a technology park around carbon-free energy.

The project is part of the framework of the Programme d’Investissement d’Avenir. It benefits from the funding of a third of the total envelope which is in the region of 10 Billion Euros. The campus offers sandwich training courses adapted to the professions of carbon-free energy.

Teaching and specific techniques offer three additional themes: 

  • The installation, maintenance et dismantling of carbon-free production devices,
  • Mastering the energy demand in the building industry / flow economy,
  • Marketing of goods and services in energy and environment
Lavender flowers close up

The International School in Manosque

Located in Manosque, Ecole internationale PACA (The International School) offers bilingual instruction in particular for children from families working for the ITER programme.

The curriculum which ranges from nursery school to baccalaureate, has 6 language sections (English,  German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese).

Lavender flowers close up

L'IUT Aix-Marseille Université in Digne-les-Bains

The training courses provided by the IUT Aix-Marseille Université de Digne-les-Bains (University institute for technology) are along the lines of the territorial issues of the Alpes du Sud.

Biology, land use planning and environment, economic development and creation of firms, social and solidarity economy and sustainable tourism.

iut Aix Marseille Université de Digne-les-Bains