Throughout the week, almost 40 staff members of the APRIL Group became 'one-time teachers' for disabled pupils. The issue of exclusion arises as early as pupils' first work experience, so the CSR department decided to create this link as part of the APRIL Citizen programme. It is all about making it easier to access work experience placements and improving understanding of the world of world, as disabled pupils struggle more than others to find a placement.
As such, 24 pupils in Year 10 (High School - Freshman) went on a 'collective' work experience placement within the Group. This included an informative presentation of the different professions, tours of the departments, CV workshops and discussions during lunchtime to help participants gain a better understanding of the world of work.
Bruno Rousset, Chairman of the APRIL Group, was there to start the week off, under the watchful eye of the project's patron, Marie-Amélie Lefur, following which a series of activities were offered to help the pupils discover a wide range of careers.
The APRIL Group staff showed keen interest in this operation. The success of the 'one-time teachers' project will be repeated in 2018 to enable other pupils to discover the world of work.
"We were very surprised by the keen interest in this project, as over 70 people signed up internally! No specific format was imposed, so everyone was able to get involved and present their profession and role, or to chat with the pupils, the name of the game being simply to make it informative, fun and to capture their attention! Once again, this was an opportunity for the APRIL Group to demonstrate that disability within the Group is primarily a question of perspective," pointed out Melissa Torres, head of the APRIL Group's Disability Mission.
"We set two objectives for the pupils: to make their work experience as fulfilling as possible by offering a wide range of encounters and to establish a collective format. The latter offers reassurance to pupils and enables the teams of teachers to be present to manage any medical or social issues. This initiative falls fully within the scope of the Group's CSR approach to promote full inclusion and equal opportunities as early as Secondary school," concludes Fabienne Ernoult, Executive Officer for CSR for the APRIL Group.