In France, nearly 12% of young people leave the education system without a high-school diploma, which significantly reduces their job prospects. As a result, they face poverty, isolation and social exclusion.
The Ecoles de la Deuxième Chance (second-chance schools) network provides training for young, unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 25 who do not have a high-school diploma to help them enter the job market. In one year, students learn basic skills such as reading, writing, arithmetic, IT and exposure to a foreign language. The 107 schools trained more than 13,000 students in 2012.
To give interns a realistic view of the labor market, the Ecoles de la Deuxième Chance network has signed partnerships with a number of Campus Veolia facilities. These partnerships have introduced young people to an array of different Veolia business activities, and have provided visits to various local Veolia sites in France and to regional campuses.
Over 60% of interns find work or further training leading to qualifications on leaving Ecoles de la Deuxième Chance. www.fondatione2c.org
(Source: Edith Cresson, Chairwoman of the Fondation des Ecoles de la Deuxième Chance)
In 2012, 12.8% of EU nationals between the ages of 18 to 24 did not have a high-school diploma and were not pursuing one.
(Source: French Ministry of Research and Higher Eduction, www.education.gouv.fr)