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From locksmithing and metal working to boiler making or machining, the Écoles de Production offer young people aged 15 to 18 vocational training courses based on a “learning by doing” approach: students acquire professional expertise by fulfilling actual client orders.  This unique approach relies on multiple players working in close collaboration with the common goal of addressing social and economic educational challenges of the various territories. On September 1, 2022, the Écoles de Production national network consists in 44 institutions, alongside 14 new establishments that are to be inaugurated by the end of 2022.

As early as 2018, TotalEnergies Foundation has committed itself to supporting the development of this network to the best of its ability. The goal is now to multiply fourfold the number of schools until reaching 100 facilities with an enrollment capacity of 4,000 students each, in 13 regions by 2028. 

The Écoles de Production: an other way to learn a profession

The Écoles de Production are certified, private, non-profit establishments offering a tangible solution to the challenges of unemployment faced by young people. Students acquire practical knowledge, an expertise that is well sought-after by employers. They rely on a human-scale educational model, with classes of 10 to 12 students under the supervision of a vocational teacher, thereby guaranteeing personalized guidance and training. Furthermore, by welcoming 15 year-old students, the Écoles de Production offer a new solution to school drop-out.

  • 44
    schools in September 2022
  • 100
    schools in 2028
  • ~ 100
    of the young people found a job or pursued their studies

Training courses accessible to all

Indeed, the Écoles de Production allow young applicants to enroll based on the sole criteria of motivation, without taking previous academic performance into account. The great diversity of the student body encourages open-mindedness, fellowship and self-surpassing. Students with learning difficulties or living in conditions of extreme social fragility can therefore find a positive and stimulating environment in the company of their peers and vocational teacher.

The results speak for themselves: 91% and 100% pass rates were respectively registered for the Professional Abilities Certificate (CAP) and the Professional Baccalaureate, in 2021. Furthermore, nearly all students who enrolled in one of the Écoles de Production ultimately decided to further their education or managed to find a job.  

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Dynamic development of the network

Since 2018, the Écoles de Production have been blooming and gaining in popularity: the number of schools has grown from 25 to 44 establishments, and 14 new schools are to be inaugurated by the end of 2022, for a total of 58 establishments. The network has developed so successfully that the Écoles de Production now covers 5 regions and 19 new departments, enabling it to offer locally-based training to more prospective students. And the momentum is continuing, with many a project under examination for the year 2023.

TotalEnergies Foundation is committed to supporting the creation of new schools specialized in industrial careers until the latter reach financial stability, by helping to finance feasibility studies, purchase equipment and seed funding. It also partakes in the financing of a solidarity fund targeted at helping students in their daily struggles (e.g.: transportation, accommodation, food expenses). Nearly 585 young people have already received support.

By the end of 2022, it is expected that the financial support provided by TotalEnergies Foundation will have resulted in the creation of 29 new establishments and the expansion of 10 existing facilities.


11 new schools to be inaugurated by September 2022 for the new academic year, with the support of TotalEnergies Foundation:

  • Avenir Bois Formation in Saint-Loup-sur-Semouse, Haute-Saône (Woodworking) – New Department
  • Ecopra in Rumilly, Haute-Savoie (Machining)
  • EDPIHP in Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrenées (Boiler making) – New Department
  • EPAN in Montoir de Bretagne, Loire-Atlantique (Boiler making)
  • Étincelle in Vervins (rural areas), l’Aisne (Machining) – New Department
  • Je fabrique mon avenir in Toulon, Var (Boiler making) – New Department
  • Littoral Tech in Dunkerque, Nord (Machining)
  • MetalTech in Nogent, Haute-Marne (Machining) – New Department – New Region
  • NR Sud in Marseille, Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur (Photovoltaics) – New Occupational Field
  • Usin’Up academy in Mans, Sarthe (Machining) – New Department
  • WOOD’UP in Châteaubriant, Loire-Altlantique (Woodworking) – In synergy with a wide range of training courses focused on woodworking on the territory

A successful partnership for young people, territories and businesses

The process of creating an École de Production is part of a territorial project and relies on the need for academic, organizational, administrative (municipalities, regions and State) and economic players to work closely together.  Some 2,000 companies, including small and medium-size businesses, have signed partnerships with Écoles de Production.

TotalEnergies Foundation has decided to provide the Fédération Nationale des École de Production with substantial support.  Not only is this endeavor in line with our values and expertise, but it also constitutes a tangible and inspiring complementary approach to foster the professional inclusion of young people and a response to businesses’ needs, thus contributing to the vitality of areas we are located in.

Key figures

The Écoles de Production network in September 2022:

  • 44 schools on 01/09/2022 in 11 regions and 29 departments to welcome 1,260 young people.
  • 14 new establishments to be inaugurated at the start of the 2022-2023 academic year.

Since March 2018, TotalEnergies Foundation is expected to have assisted in the creation of 29 schools and the extension of 10 facilities.

In June 2021:

  • A 91.3% pass rate for the CAP (compared against a national average of 77.6%).
  • A 100% pass rate for the Professional Baccalaureate (compared against a national average of 86.7%).

The Écoles de Production have trained more than 12,000 students since their creation.

TotalEnergies Foundation: providing support at every step of the way

Aside from financial support, TotalEnergies Foundation contributes to upscaling the Fédération Nationale des Écoles de Production through an array of tools focused on skills required in various fields (communication, management, digital strategy).

TotalEnergies Foundation encourages the development of alliances with other funders or organizational partners so as to boost consistency and impact. The Company’s local teams aim to foster the creation of new schools by helping to promote the Écoles de Production’s educational model, share their field experience, but also by putting local actors in contact with each other and helping them expand their networks in territories where TotalEnergies’ facilities are located. Placed at the heart of TotalEnergies Foundation’s approach, this partnership-based logic happens to be crucial for guaranteeing the success and durability of the Écoles de Production project.

What is more, during the pandemic, TotalEnergies Foundation funded the implementation of a digital platform aimed at securing academic continuity, provided masks to enable young people to start studying on site again safely, and promoted the implementation of collaborative actions led by students themselves (by making protective face covers and visors and preparing and delivering meals for health-care workers).

Finally, since openness and soft skills are conducive to a fulfilling experience for young people, interventions focusing on road safety - one of our top priorities - were organized in 24 schools. By allocating 100% of the funds received as a sponsor to young beneficiaries, TotalEnergies Foundation also encourages Écoles de Production students to partake in artistic projects, attend exhibitions or performances. These new opportunities can help them broaden their cultural horizons and promote professional inclusion.