Sport dans la Ville, a major partner of the Societe Generale Foundation, is focused on facilitating inclusion through sport. On Friday 26 October, it gave fifty young people from the Job dans la Ville programme in Ile-de-France the opportunity to discover the Societe Generale premises at La Défense. The students, supervised by group employees, worked on the topic of “Your vision of the perfect company: imagine the company where you want to work in the future”, before pitching their project to a jury.
A day of workshops to think about the perfect company
The Innov’EPA programme designed and proposed by the non-profit Entreprendre pour Apprendre, enables young people to enjoy their first experience of the working world during a day of immersion. Divided into seven groups and lead by Societe Generale employees, the young people started with a brainstorming session, then refined their ideas throughout the day, finishing by creating posters illustrating their projects. A jury of experts, made up of representatives from Sport dans la Ville and Entreprendre pour Apprendre alongside Sarah de Vilmorin from the Societe Generale Foundation team awarded Jury’s Choice prizes to two of the seven projects presented at the end of the day.
Societe Generale employees committed to youth integration
Seven Societe Generale employees, all in HR, got involved during this day, which was a first for many of them. Having enjoyed the experience, each of them plans to do it again. “For them and us, I think that this type of occasion is like a serious and useful break in our day to day work,” explains Patricia Ladouch, project manager within the HR department. “They have an enlightening outlook on the world,” continues Christelle Blazy, HR Data Quality manager. “They really listen, so if we can share some knowledge to inspire them and give them ideas, that is really satisfying.” Coralie Poncet, in charge of high potentials in the investment bank, also sees this type of initiative as an opportunity to target real talents of the future. “That is one of the reasons I’m here,” she admits. As for Céline Bastien, a process officer and in charge of staffing within the HR division, she is delighted to be able to combine work with helping those in need.