5 initiatives to help young people without a diploma find a job

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1 Second Chance Schools

The most recent was inaugurated on June 30, 2017 in Normandy, at Hérouville Saint-Clair. “The national network is continuing,” says Alexandre Schajer, President of the E2C London Network. In one year our network has grown from 110 to 118 school sites. Last year, these e2cs took in nearly 15,000 young people aged 16 to 25 without qualifications with the aim of finding a lasting solution for them in social, civic and professional integration. 84% did not have a CAP / BEP

validated or employment. 62% had no experience and 10% were

job seekers for over a year. To apply, simply contact the school nearest to you to define which route is possible. The success rate posted after support was 62% in 2016. These are individualized courses with remuneration of around € 300 per month financed by the Region. The average course lasts six and a half months.

“”Many candidates, and young people in particular, can benefit from sometimes unsuspected measures.””

2 Youth guarantee

Last year, 100,000 young people aged 16 to under 26 were able to take advantage of it. “Many candidates, and young people in particular, can benefit from sometimes unsuspected devices”, observes Laurence Boulieu, author of the book Employment, I believe in it!. This advisor at Pôle emploi regularly directs the profiles that she supports towards innovative systems. Youth guarantee, for example, makes it possible to support young people in very precarious situations towards employment or training. It is a specific modality of the contractualized support path towards employment and autonomy (PACEA). To apply, you must contact the local mission of your place of residence because, to implement it, a contract is signed between the young person and the local mission. This system allows young people in a very precarious situation on the labor market to benefit for one year in intensive collective support and immersion in a company. It also includes financial assistance of € 472 per month.

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School 42

Everyone snatched their first promotion even before school left. “Almost all of the 850 students were overwhelmed by the proposals during their training”, rejoices Nicolas Sadirac, director general and co-founder of school 42. In another genre, this alternative training in computer science, completely free, is accessible to 18-30 years old, whatever their level of qualification. Only condition: be passionate about computers and self-taught. In this school, open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, no teacher or timetable. “It's a totally different teaching method from anything done elsewhere. Our students work in collaborative mode, in peer to peer, and are thus constantly trained in real time in new technologies. »We register and take the first selection tests on the school website.

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Since their creation in 2005, the Epide (establishment for integration into employment) have trained nearly 30,000 young people. This organization now has 19 centers, the most recent of which opened in Toulouse in April 2017. “There is a wide variety of training courses of different inspiration, especially for young people,” continues Laurence Boulieu. Here, the originality of the system is based on multidisciplinary teams that guarantee the volunteer comprehensive support (education and citizenship advisers, monitors, trainers in general education, IT, etc.) and take place in a military-inspired framework, based in particular on week-long boarding and learning to live in a community. Last year, nearly 3,500 volunteers were hosted in one of its establishments, with a success rate of 52.2%. The average stay lasts eight months and young people receive 300 € per month.

Adapted and voluntary military service

In the same spirit, first launched overseas in 1961, the ADM (adapted military service) has already supported nearly 6,000 young people removed from the labor market towards employment last year. The SMV (voluntary military service) which is inspired by it is already offered on four sites in metropolitan London (and will be on six at the end of the year) and is aimed at young people aged 18 to 25 who have dropped out of school. The training then lasts between six and twelve months with compensation of € 315 per month, but above all with the development of a professional project, according to local employment pools and according to needs, and under the supervision of soldiers. The application files can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Defense.

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