Emilie Pison works in the Societe Generale Group's labour relations department. She tells us about the solidarity day she spent with our partner organization Apprentis d’Auteuil.
Apprentis d’Auteuil supports and provides training for teenagers and young adults in need to help them start their careers. Apprentis d'Auteuil has supported over 31,000 young people and families in France. The organization offers 72 vocational courses, from CAP-level certification to BTS degrees. Its headquarters in the 16th arrondissement of Paris hosts many apprentices. Emilie and her department spent the day in the Apprentis d’Auteuil training brasserie.
In the labour relations department, the 150 employees have their own areas of specialization and there is not much mixing. The aim of this solidarity day was to bring employees within the department closer to one another, and strengthen their bonds in an unusual context. The employees were able to get to know one another.
The solidarity day was divided into three workshops led by the apprentices:
- one training workshop: everything the apprentices have to learn and know
- a cheese quiz - where it was from, its taste
- a cooking class: making meringues and macaroons
Our employees were then able to sample the apprentices’ cooking in the training restaurant.
For Emilie’s colleagues, the concept of solidarity days was a real discovery. They hadn’t all heard of Apprentis d’Auteuil and were delighted to meet its beneficiaries. Putting their own skills to one side, they had the chance to get together and get to know each other through this experience. Meeting outside of their usual work environment helped to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
One employee, a nursing co-ordinator, gave her mother’s cook book to a young apprentice. The young woman was completely overwhelmed by this gift, which will be very useful for her. It was a beautiful moment.
Emilie believes it is important to get involved in the Group’s values, and to have the chance to discover this altruistic environment. The young apprentices were very pleased and proud to share their skills with the Societe Generale employees.
All of the participants in this exciting initiative would do it again in a flash, and found it both inspirational and eye-opening.