Rueil-Malmaison (France), May 6, 2011 – The City of Rueil-Malmaison west of Paris has decided to take part in the “100 opportunities – 100 jobs” campaign proposed by Schneider Electric and Saint-Gobain. The campaign was presented at an evening kick-off event on May 5 attended by Patrick Ollier, Mayor of Rueil-Malmaison, Chairman of the Rueil-Suresnes employment association and Minister in charge of relations with the French parliament; Dominique Elineau, Sustainable Development Director at Saint-Gobain; and Gilles Vermot-Desroches, Senior Vice President of Sustainable Development at Schneider Electric and Chairman of the “100 opportunities – 100 jobs” association.
The “100 opportunities – 100 jobs” program created by Schneider Electric is designed to meet a community’s economic needs while helping to restore equal opportunity for young people age 18-30 who come from disadvantaged neighborhoods. It offers individualized solutions to ease the way into long-term employment for young people with few or no credentials, as well as for young graduates who are victims of discrimination. Targeted exclusively to young people from difficult neighborhoods, the program federates and engages local stakeholders.
The first campaign carried out by the association, which was launched in 2004 by Jean-Louis Borloo and Schneider Electric’s then-CEO Henri Lachmann, took place in Chalon-sur-Saône in 2005. That campaign, led by Schneider Electric, then Areva, Saint-Gobain, Danfoss and Trandev, was followed by campaigns in Grenoble (led by Schneider Electric), Rouen (led by Schneider Electric), Le Havre (led by Auchan), Chambéry (led by Schneider Electric), Dieppe (led by A.N.D.R.H.), Lyon (led by Société Générale), Nice (led by Saint-Gobain) and Aubervillers (led by Klépierre/Icade).
Drawing on their experience with these past campaigns, Schneider Electric and Saint-Gobain will lead “100 opportunities – 100 jobs” in Rueil-Malmaison. Providing young people with an on-ramp to employment is a major concern for the city, which already took action in 2006 with a “springboard to jobs” program. It is looking to pursue this important work with new initiatives. By joining forces with “100 opportunities – 100 jobs”, Rueil-Malmaison is signing on to a partnership with a long-term view and a commitment to equal opportunity that offers a path to employment for local youth who have professional aspirations but find themselves shut out of the job market.
“100 opportunities – 100 jobs” breaks down into three phases. First, an employment specialist identifies the target audience with help from the French employment bureau and local associations. Half of the young people who participate are not listed with official agencies. Next, the candidates attend a four-to-five day preparatory session during which they meet business leaders, sketch out their career plans and get themselves on track. Those who demonstrate the necessary motivation and social skills are selected to take part in the campaign. The remaining 15% are offered transitional solutions. During the workplace integration portion of the campaign, businesses offer a wide range of opportunities, including company tours, short internships, in-situ assessments, sponsoring, temporary positions, short-term contracts, work-study contracts and permanent jobs.
As of end-December 2010, the program had taken on 896 young people, 439 of whom had achieved positive outcomes (40% in training/work study, 28% in permanent contracts and 32% in short-term contracts/long temporary assignments). In all, 66% of program completers achieve positive outcomes.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable and efficient, the Company's more than 110,000 employees achieved sales of €19.6 billion in 2010 through an active commitment to helping individuals and organisations "Make the most of their energy™".
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2010 sales of €40.1 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has close to 190,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, please visit