Every week we highlight a Societe Generale Corporate Foundation for Solidarity partner charity.
The RESSORT initiative (Regroupement de l’Enseignement Supérieur en Soutien Opérationnel à la Revitalisation du Territoire – collective action by higher education to provide operational support to revitalising local regions and communities) aims to involve institutes of higher education in supporting individuals experiencing employment challenges (job-seekers, employees temporarily laid-off).
It aims to provide potential beneficiaries with professional visibility, IT and other facilities, a social and learning environment, and opportunities to make contacts and build networks.
The initiative was launched in Saint Omer in 2007, with financial support from the local Societe Generale branch, and extended in 2010 in the Nord Pas de Calais region, in Douai and Arras.
In 2013 the Societe Generale Foundation decided to support the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC), project owner for the initiative for its deployment in the Picardie region and other areas.
Since early 2013, some 25 engineers and former executives in professional transition have been lodged at the Compiègne RESSORT facility: they are provided with offices that are equipped through the support of the Compiègne branch of Societe Generale, with UTC as a professional address, and with access to all of the institute’s facilities, such as the university library and media and business centres. These beneficiaries can also take part in trade fairs and conferences, and any technical, scientific and business events organised by UTC, notably those involving businesses, so they can network.
Monthly "RESSORT breakfast meetings" have also been set up, with one to take place shortly in a Societe Generale branch; an opportunity to meet with manufacturers, entrepreneurs and project owners.
With the Foundation’s support, the "Rebond cadres (Executives bounce back)" event was organised at UTC on 23 January 2014, with nearly 1000 executives in professional transition from the Oise region and surrounding areas invited, to meet with training and support professionals as well as representatives from around a hundred businesses.
RESSORT currently operates at 10 higher education institutes (such as CESI in Arras, the École des Mines de Douai, the LaSalle Institute in Beauvais, ESIEE in Amiens, ESCOM, and UTC) and in 2014 the focus will be on rolling it out to other regions interested in replicating the initiative: Lorraine, Pays de Loire and Normandy.
To know more about this organization : Université de Technologie de Compiègne