This year in France, around 90,000 young people1 (10%) will leave school without receiving their diploma. Faced with the rise in the general level of qualifications and a high unemployment rate, these young people have few job prospects and are at risk of insecurity. As proof, almost 20%2 of people aged under 25 are unemployed.
200,000 Vacant Jobs in Industry
To resolve the contradiction, Total Foundation is creating L’Industreet, a campus specialized in the industry professions of tomorrow. The campus is located in Stains, north of Paris in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, and is well served by public transportation. It will provide free tuition to 400 young people aged 18 to 25 – half of whom women – with or without qualifications, from all social and cultural backgrounds and various regions in France. Diversity is the watchword. The large-scale project will provide students with training in fast-changing industrial professions experiencing shortages and, ultimately, help them enter the workforce.
Campus to Open Doors in Fall 2020
Students will have a choice of courses, ranging from 12 to 18 months in five sectors and nine professions of the future with strong hiring potential. Based on alternative teaching methods and immersive work experience opportunities the courses all provide students with qualifications upon completion. L’Industreet will also provide comprehensive, personalized and long-term support in order to adapt to each student’s individual needs and provide both the expertise and soft skills that they require to successfully enter the workforce.
Total Foundation chose to support this initiative as part of its commitment to youth inclusion and education. We firmly believe that too many young people are not given the opportunity to achieve their full potential, and that a helping hand will empower them to take control of their future. That is why Total is providing the project – a real springboard for young people – with the benefit of its visibility and knowledge of the industrial world.
To contribute to the vibrancy of our host communities and regions, the campus will welcome students from six French regions in which the Group operates: Ile-de-France, Hauts de France, Grand Est, Pays de la Loire, Rhône-Alpes and Occitanie.
L’Industreet was developed in partnership with nonprofits in the inclusion sector as well as companies and institutions. This collaborative approach ensures that young people from all areas can take part and benefit from traineeship and work experience opportunities.
With this commitment, Total Foundation aims to empower young people with no qualifications or clear goals to advance their lives, overcome their self-imposed limitations and make their career a success. Motivating these young people requires giving them back their self-confidence– which we will set out to do so that they can find their place in society.
L’INDUSTREET in Figures
- 400 young people per year (10 to 15 per class)
- 3 workshops measuring 1,000 square meters
- 1 outdoor area spanning 1,000 square meters
- 400 square meters dedicated to digital technology
- 12-to-18-month courses, made to measure
- 60-bed student residence
The name “L’Industreet” was approved by a panel of young people, parents and professionals and reflects the campus’ function as a place to live, share experiences and get on in life. Naturally, it brings to mind the industrial sector. Adding the word “street” further suggests openness to the outside world, alternative codes such as street art and street sport, and an urban environment rooted in its time. The street is a place of endless possibilities and encounters, provided we remain curious, motivated, resourceful and willing to succeed.