A project to respond to some of society’s key challenges: integration and equal opportunities.
The founders of Konexio met through a Fulbright research scholarship programme. They connected through their desire to take on challenges around inclusion and access to jobs. “In academia, you have a general, very intellectual impact. It’s important for me to have an immediate impact,” explains Jean. From 2016, the first digital training workshops aimed at non-French-speaking persons took place, and the foundations of the organisation were laid.
Digital skills - vital tools in the 21st century
“Today, everyone uses digital technologies in one way or another,” observes Jean. “At a European level, 90% of jobs require a minimum level of digital skills. It’s an economic reality.” To face up to this reality, Konexio is therefore providing a digital programme which aims to train learners in the basics of digital technologies and help them become autonomous. Through practical case studies, they learn the importance of these skills, in particular for online pubic services.
“Then, the next level is about finding a job,” explains Jean. “We have a lot of young people who come to us and say ‘I know how to use social networks.' But it’s important to be able to communicate with employers, to be able to speak to different types of audience.” Konexio thus involves its corporate partners in the programme through coaching or mentoring modules. The Societe Generale Foundation, which supports the programme, invites its employees at the bank to get involved in this way.
The programme, which culminates in the award of a European Computer Driving Licence, which certifies proficiency in digital skills, is provided with the support of a network of partner organisations such as Aurore and Groupe SOS. Today, 70% of learners have been able to access training, a job, or have set up their own business.