The association Nos Quartiers ont des Talents, founded in 2006 after the successful pilot project in 2005 with 500 young people, has a specific aim: contributing to the effectiveness of social mobility and equal opportunity in France.
How? By helping young graduates from under-privileged backgrounds gain access to work via a sponsorship program providing them with support from senior managers and directors.
Over 10 years, the association has grown significantly and has supported more than 26,500 young people in 13 regions in metropolitan France and 4 over-seas departments, 71% of which have found work matching their qualifications. It intends to continue this growth by accompanying 100,000 young people over the next 10 years.
Societe Generale has accompanied NQT since 2007: 394 Group employees have mentored 1,727 young people.
Building on this success, the association now wants to put social mobility back at the heart of public debate, and share the expertise built up supporting young graduates over 10 years by proposing practical solutions.
Which is why the association led a study on the situation of social mobility and the value of sponsorship to boost interest. This study was enriched with a consultation carried out during a Tour de France, which enabled the association to debate in 11 towns with everyone involved (young people, companies, public authorities) and supplemented by a study carried out by researchers at the CNRS and a survey by TNS Sofres on social mobility's situation in France.
The conclusions of this study and the proposals it helped to identify were assembled in the White Paper "Relançons l'ascenceur social" (Let's revitalise social mobility), presented to the President on 20 October.
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