Eiffage Foundation and Réseau Etincelle: motivating early school leavers across France to take charge of their lives

Eiffage Group

The Eiffage Foundation has entered into a new multi-year partnership with Réseau Etincelle. This association works to help young people excluded from the workplace take back control of their lives. To do this, it organises training courses at partner companies. A trial experiment at Eiffage Route in Vitrolles (Bouches-du-Rhône) confirmed the value of this project.

Réseau Etincelle was launched in 2010 by entrepreneurs from SMEs, major groups and corporate foundations. The association, which has been officially recognised as being in the public interest since 2011, works to provide training for young people who have dropped out of education with very few or no qualifications, and help them take charge of their lives. 
Réseau Etincelle runs training programmes in premises made available by sponsoring companies. Lasting 5 to 9 days, these training programmes are designed to reboot motivation among young people by highlighting their potential, introducing them to the world of business, and developing their key soft skills and professional networks. Réseau Etincelle places the focus on the young person’s individual passions and interests to generate a new dynamic. 
Young people who drop out of education are referred to the Réseau Etincelle association by official Pôle Emploi or Mission Locale employment organisations. For the past 10 years, nearly 2,500 young people have taken advantage of this alternative approach to education. In 2017 for example, 64% of participants managed to connect to the work environment: 31% secured a job, 20% embarked on training programmes, and 13% benefitted from the French government “Garantie Jeunes” initiative*. 
The Eiffage Foundation will be supporting Réseau Etincelle over the next three years, helping the association to develop its activities across France and financing educational materials. Currently located in 8 different regions, the association plans to develop its activity in 3 new regions by 2023. The Eiffage Foundation will be sponsoring 15 training programmes (5 per year) out of the 45 organised by the association. 

The involvement of Group employees is also essential for helping young people understand the world of business and introducing them to new professions. Project supporter, Gérard Castegnaro, a very active retired Eiffage Construction employee, has already approached regional managers to support the association’s development, raise awareness among employees and mobilise them to help these young people take charge of their lives.

 * The “Garantie Jeunes” (Young Person’s Guarantee) initiative provides support for extremely vulnerable young people between the ages of 16 and 25, to improve their access to employment or training. A contract is signed between the young person and the local employment organisation (Mission Locale). The initiative also includes some financial support.

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