HR: the Ducerf group is trying recruitment by simulation



After the announcement in 2021 of an investment of several million euros over five years, the Ducerf group continues to grow. The company wants to recruit six or seven sawmill operators on permanent contracts, in a particularly difficult context, linked to the lack of attractiveness of the sector. To overcome this problem, the group of 160 employees organized a special recruitment day on May 12, focused on the method of recruitment by simulation (MRS). Ten people agreed to play the game, without recruiters having access to their CVs.

Tests adapted to the profession

“We recruit almost exclusively people who have no experience in the profession with the aim of training them,” says Julie Gontard, the company’s human resources manager. To do this, a Pôle emploi team dedicated to the MRS came to study the workstations in order to create suitable exercises. “We test their ability to learn and the qualities necessary for the job. For example, our operators must know how to spot defects on the wood. We therefore confronted them with a graphic representation of boards so that they could identify them”, she adds.

In total, six people went to the test phase, in a room with background noise close to the noises of the workshop. The company undertakes to receive in interview all the people who have succeeded in obtaining at least 65% of correct answers to the questions. “We hope this will result in one or two hires,” adds the manager. Subsequently, the Burgundian group does not rule out organizing one or two sessions a year, depending on the needs.

Ducerf’s local development strategy is also reflected in a modification of its supplies. By 2027, half of the wood used by its secondary processing sites (sanded wood or solid wood blades) will come directly from the group’s Burgundy sawmill, “against 15% today”, indicates Ducerf.

To achieve this objective, the company, which has a turnover of approximately 35 million euros, will invest in more modern production tools, such as scanners, in order to better detect defects. The group, which specializes in oak, also intends to increase the share of other species in overall production to meet consumer demand.

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