After many years of supporting organisations devoted to helping children (ELA, Make A Wish, SOS Villages d’Enfants, Le Rire Médecin etc.), in 2016 the Group chose to redeploy its actions in favour of employment and entrepreneurship, through such associations as "La Cravate Solidaire" and "Live for Good" in particular.
This year, SQLI has decided to get involved in an association called "Nos Quartiers ont des Talents" (NQT), which helps young graduates from what are known as priority areas, rural regeneration zones or disadvantaged social backgrounds gain access to the labour market.
A yearly partnership extended to all SQLI's french branches
Through this commitment, SQLI is giving its experienced executives the opportunity to sponsor young graduates (with at least a Bachelor's Degree). In so doing, they will be putting their professional experience and network at the service of their protégés, to help them get a foot on the employment ladder by assisting and advising them with regard to their resumes, application letters and job interviews.
The role of the sponsor is also to boost the self-confidence of young graduates, help them grasp company codes, improve their job hunting methods, present their career plan and give them access to their professional network.
This voluntary solidarity-based approach will enable sponsors to enjoy a rewarding human experience and be actively involved in unifying values such as commitment, which is deeply anchored in SQLI's culture, alongside the need for creative minds and forward thinking.
2nd February: sponsors get the go-ahead
On the 2nd February last, SQLI's French branches located in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Paris, Rouen and Toulouse simultaneously organized a Plan Presentation Day, which gave sponsors the go-ahead. Representatives of the association "Nos Quartiers ont des Talents" were present on each site for the launch of this solidarity initiative, to present their actions and the role of sponsors to our staff.
At the end of this first day, a network of sponsors has already begun to form (about thirty to date) and there's more to come: SQLI staff will be able to offer to help the association and young graduates any time throughout the year.
NQT, facilitating professional integration
NQT is acknowledged to be an association of a social nature and of public interest.
A few figures:
- 33,910 young people integrated since 2016
- 800 partner-patrons
- 9,145 sponsors
- 70% of young people recruited to filllong-term positions in keeping with their qualifications.