Every week, we take a look at a partner association of the Societe Generale Corporate Foundation for the Solidarity. 

Created in 1954, the Centre Charles Péguy is an association founded under British law. Its aim is to help French speakers aged 18 or more to integrate British society and the labour market, in London in particular. 

In 2011, the Societe Generale Corporate Foundation for the Solidarity chose to support one of the association’s projects, a job plan for young French speaking people in the United Kingdom. 

According to the association, more than 500 young people, with or without a tertiary degree, often in difficult situations, were unable to benefit from the support provided by the Centre Charles Péguy owing to a lack of human resources. Thanks to the Foundation’s assistance, a new advisor was recruited which brought down the number of denied registrations from 227 in 2012 to only 95 in 2013. 

The Foundation also helped to set up a more suitable and personalised support mechanism for young people with vocational certificates at secondary school level (the French CAP and BEP), which account for around 20% of the beneficiaries of the association. 

In 2012, the Centre Charles Péguy ran workshops including its “Welcome Cafés”. Every Tuesday for 90 minutes, the members of the Centre Charles Péguy meet in a pub with one of the advisor in a relaxed atmosphere to get answers about settling down in London and the administrative steps involved.

Other weekly workshops have been created on highly requested topics such as how to write a CV, or preparing for job interviews, especially in for catering, hospitality, sales and warehouse jobs. 

In 2013, some 200 individuals took part in the workshops, enabling them to improve the quality of their applications and job search skills; 90% of them were able to find work shortly after. 

In 2013, the association’s placement rate of young people increased from 64% in 2012 to 76% (on job offers directly given by the advisors).

To know more about this organization : Centre Charles Péguy

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