Acting within local communities
The Air Liquide Foundation works primarily with private partners, both in the EU and in emerging countries, who develop innovative job-skilling schemes in the technical area. “Technical” here means skills that are and will be in demand in the industrial world.
Additionally, we enable employees of Air Liquide in the same geographies (EU & “emerging” countries) to support “micro-initiatives” in their communities, in a variety of fields: education, healthcare, and supporting people with a disability.
The Air Liquide Foundation acts within local territories.
We help meet the specific needs of territories in a variety of fields (education, training, healthcare, disability and social issues). Our network of employees helps to identify these needs and to monitor the projects sponsored by local organizations.
The Foundation promotes professional integration in technical fields, helping individuals to develop the skills that are in demand in technical fields where we can bring expertise. The Foundation gives each beneficiary - young adults without diplomas, jobs or training, especially from disadvantaged areas, individuals with disabilities or long-term unemployed - the opportunity to take charge of their own professional destiny.
Thanks to our knowledge of the technical fields and the many industries served by the Air Liquide group around the world, the Foundation understands local industrial networks and the needs of employers. In conjunction with communities and organizations active on the ground and the Air Liquide teams present in the region, we are able to support professional integration projects in places where unemployment is high and where certain jobs are going unfilled.
In practice, we:
- develop long-term training projects in technical fields with job shortages, in coordination with local organizations, other large or local corporations and local Air Liquide teams
- create partnerships and put the Air Liquide ecosystem at their disposal
- provide mentoring from Air Liquide employees
- fund organizations that are active in the field of professional integration for vulnerable populations
- fund short-term projects recommended by employees in the fields of social issues, education, professional training and disability…
"I have nothing but good things to say. The Foundation has established an excellent project monitoring process and they supported us through all the project phases. This process includes visits at the beginning, middle and end of the project. In addition to the two projects that I worked on (establishing the “But en or” sports center in Bobigny and the “Job dans la Ville" academy in Pantin, northeastern suburbs of Paris), I also organized a tour of Air Liquide’s Campus Innovation Paris facility that introduced young women to Air Liquide employees and technical careers. Beyond just financial support, I believe that developing lasting relationships between Air Liquide and the organizations the Foundation supports is a good idea. It feels good to be able to contribute in my own small way to helping young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods find jobs."
Raphaël Grandeau, Research Engineer at Air Liquide (Paris Innovation Campus) & Monitoring Manager for Sport Dans la Ville in Paris region
Tassadit, 18 years old, program participant of “Job dans la ville”, Bondy
I love physics and chemistry and the visit of the Air Liquide site was great for a passionate woman like me. Discover so many different professions, seeing that companies integrate environmental issues into their research, it has comforted me in my orientation choice. Today, I am a student in physics and chemistry.
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