13 new Solidarity FabLabs

The national and international deployment of our Solidarity FabLabs is continuing with 13 new Solidarity FabLabs! Selected by our committee in June, they will open their doors by the end of the year to welcome young people in Tunisia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Morocco and several French regions. This means we have created a total of 73 Solidarity FabLabs since the start of this digital training programme.

 

 

Our support will enable these Solidarity FabLabs to train young people without qualifications and who have given up on traditional learning, free-of-charge, in digital manufacturing and its new professions.

This alternative method of learning based on “doing” has already proven itself in the first Solidarity FabLabs: "I discovered a philosophy based on sharing, the freedom to have a go at everything and exchanges with varied and passionate people" explains Benjamin from the Solidarity FabLab in Dijon. "I learned a lot there and now I am employed on a special 2-year contract!"

"My employment background is no longer the same. I will be able to aim for companies that I wasn’t targeting at all before" says Audrina at the Solidarity FabLab in Toulouse. In addition, for the second year our Solidarity FabLabs challenge “IMake4MyCity” has brought to light, within a competition, the digital creations made by these unqualified young people outside the conventional system. Once again, this year the participants truly showed their creativity, with teams from Spain, Madagascar and Bordeaux on the podium.

To go even further in providing access to employment we are supporting the Solidarity FabLabs to develop new training courses with the organisations in charge of these young people. These training courses focused on doing and a project, that can last several months, will boost skills, provide hands-on experience and, we hope, will offer solutions for a better future.

 

In total, 14,200 unemployed young people have been trained, free-of-charge, in our programmes in 2017. We are continuing to act for the future of young people in difficulty and to reinvent digital and supportive means of learning.

 

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