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Compagnons du devoir et du tour de France workers' association

Liliane Bettencourt Prize pour L'intelligence de la main - 2015

The Compagnons du Devoir workers' association, which acts to ensure that everyone, man or woman, can flourish at work, offers secondary school vocational training certificates and vocational degree courses. It is based on compagnonnage, or guilds which implies journeymen or women, living in a community.
 
Travel around France, and now outside of the country as well, remains one of the main features of this form of training. Participants discover companies, cities, countries and different ways of organizing work while learning and adapting to different techniques.
 
Some 6,650 young people are currently being trained, mostly in building-related trades such as metallurgy, flexible materials, and fixtures and fittings.

On June 12, the Compagnons du Devoir inaugurated a Center of Excellence for trades involving flexible materials (shoemaker, car-seat maker, leather goods maker, upholsterer) and the Maison des Compagnons, in Pantin, Seine-Saint-Denis (north of Paris).

A 1,400-square-meter space is devoted to the accommodation and training of the compagnons and to information and research facilities. To help keep abreast of current and future issues, the center is integrated into the economic fabric of Pantin, one of the areas with the highest number of qualified youths interested in these occupations.

The jury wanted to encourage the association to pursue its exemplary work and values by awarding it the Parcours prize

To better respond to issues affecting youth, this unique training program has evolved over the centuries. Today 90% of young people find a job at the end of their training with the Compagnons du Devoir.

 

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