|Project Initiator: Sport dans la Ville||Year(s) of Support: 2021-2023|
|Support Provided: Financial contributions to the "Job dans la Ville" program||Amount Provided: €150,000|
|Location: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Ile-de-France regions||Air Liquide Monitors: Benoît Hilbert, CEO, Yannick Rançon, Project Manager, Air Liquide Advanced Technologies|
In France, nearly one million young people between the ages of 16 and 25 have no job, training or qualifications2. Three years after receiving their education, more than one in every three young people from severely impoverished areas are still out of work3. This critical employment situation for young people worsened further in 2020 with the public health crisis. Early school leaving rates rose significantly, particularly in disadvantaged areas.
1 million young people aged 16-25 with no job, training or qualifications
Sport dans la Ville offers various integration pathways through its "Job dans la Ville" program aimed at 14- to 25-year-olds who have registered with the association. The 3-year partnership with the Air Liquide Foundation has a dual objective:
Young NEETS from severely impoverished areas supported
positive outcomes (employment, training) desired
To offer suitable solutions for early school leavers, Sport dans la Ville designed the Passe Décisive component of its "Job dans la Ville" program. Passe Décisive ("Decisive Moment") is a made-to-measure guidance and support program to remotivate young people seeking employment and training, through initiatives to introduce them to the world of business and integrate them in the world of work.
The project was awarded funding in the "100% inclusion" category of the French government’s Investment in Skills Plan in 2019.
Passe Décisive includes:
Specific actions are also carried out as part of the "Industri’Elles" project to encourage girls to consider careers in industry as openly as boys do.
The Air Liquide entities near the towns where Sport dans la Ville operates in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Ile-de-France are stakeholders in the program, with their employees contributing at various stages. Emphasis is placed on discovering industry and healthcare as exciting sectors that young people can legitimately aspire to work in.
These actions should result in a fruitful partnership both for the young people concerned and for the local Air Liquide employees. Together, the employees have made a real commitment to prepare young people for employment, a hugely rewarding experience for them, and an opportunity not only to unite employees around a common cause, but to prepare a pool of potential employees for the future.
of young people are in training or employment
young people were supported by Job dans la Ville in 2020
of youngsters supported by Job dans la Ville are girls
The Air Liquide Foundation contributes to the development costs of the Job dans la Ville program, and particularly the wages of the guidance counselors helping the youngsters. The Foundation calls on Air Liquide employees to help out by donating their skills throughout the program.
"This new partnership with the Air Liquide Foundation is a terrific opportunity to introduce the early school leavers we help to the medical and industrial sectors, and to eventually guide them, boys and girls alike, towards great jobs that they did not know about before. Thank you for your invaluable support, which should help us reach our targets as regards positive outcomes, i.e. the number of these young people who end up in training or employment."
Sofiane Kassmi, Head of the Passe Décisive program in Ile de France