Volunteering for youth integration

As part of International Volunteering Week, on 6 October the Orange Parc site in Rennes hosted a volunteer initiative targeting young people in the Rennes employment basin. The goal: to help them improve their employability.

This initiative, supported by everyone from the site’s HR department, gave young people from the local outreach office the chance to have an individual interview with an Orange professional. Following these individual 30 minute conversations they could continue to chat more informally before heading to one of the two workshops available: "joining a company, from your interview to your first month on the job" and "creating a network and using social media professionally."

The workshops, which ran from noon to 2 pm, were led by volunteers from the site as part of the Together for youth integration programme. A great opportunity for young people to learn about the corporate world. Priscilla, age 21, who is looking for a co-op for her 2-year management degree, tells us about her experience with the interviews and workshops: “I came to get advice. I also needed to have someone look over my CV, and to regain my self confidence. Now I feel better, they reassured me, it’s a good start.”

volunteering Together for youth integration week
Maxime Le Padellec and Priscilla.

 
Maxime Le Padellec, HRD of the Ouest Distribution Office, the entity which manages shops in Brittany and the Pays-de-Loire, attended the workshops: "I love this type of initiative. It’s an opportunity to discover people’s stories and help out a little. Otherwise I would never have gotten to meet Priscilla, Thomas or Laillat like this. Priscilla is a young woman who is shy and afraid to speak up but has a lot to offer. She is fluent in 3 languages, a huge asset which wasn’t even on her CV!" "
 

A word from Maxime Le Padellec
"My role, and that of all the volunteers at the event, was to help these young people showcase their skills.
I see volunteering as a way to give back some of what I’ve received, to meet people, get out of my bubble, and open up to others. It’s a little extra work, but it’s a really useful and enjoyable break from our usual workdays. I would be delighted to do it again."

Maxime Le Padellec volunteering week

 

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