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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 qualifying 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 October 6, 2023, the Écoles de Production national network comprised 62 institutions and another five are due to open by the end of 2023.

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.

  • 62
    schools on October 6, 2023
  • 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: a 90.5% pass rate was registered for the Professional Abilities Certificate (CAP) and 88% for the Vocational Baccalaureate, in 2023. Several students were also awarded gold medals at the MAF (Best apprentice in France) contest. 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.  

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 62 establishments, and another five are due to open by the end of 2023. The network has developed so successfully that it now covers 5 regions and 19  departments, enabling it to offer locally-based training to more prospective students. And the momentum is continuing, with a dozen projects under examination for the year 2024.

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 710 young people have already received support.

On October 6, 2023, the financial support provided by TotalEnergies Foundation had resulted in the creation of 33 new establishments and the expansion of 12 existing facilities.

Map "100 Écoles de production by 2028 on French territory" - See detailed description hereafter

100 Écoles de Production by 2028 on French territory

On October 6, 2023, 62 Écoles de Production, including 43 specialized in industrial professions supported by TotalEnergies Foundation.

Creation of school supported by TotalEnergies Foundation:

  • Lanne, Occitanie, Sheet Metalwork
  • Dijon, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Metalwork
  • Caen, Normandie, Sheet Metalwork
  • Laval, Pays de la Loire, Metalwork
  • Flers, Normandie, Machining and Operating automated lines
  • Château-Thierry, Hauts-de-France, Metalwork
  • Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Photovoltaic Electricity
  • Rumilly, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Machining
  • Montoir de Bretagne, Pays de la Loire, Sheet Metalwork
  • Nogent, Grand Est, Machining
  • Saint Loup Sur Semouse, Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Wood
  • La Seyne sur Mer, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Sheet Metalwork
  • Châteaubriant, Pays de la Loire, Wood
  • Dunkerque, Hauts-de-France, Machining
  • Vervins, Hauts-de-France, Sheet Metalwork
  • Faverges, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Setting – Polishing
  • Béthune, Hauts-de-France, Machining
  • Istres, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Sheet Metalwork
  • Salbris, Centre Val de Loire, Machining
  • Roubaix, Hauts-de-France, Textile industry
  • Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Textile industry
  • Stains, Île-de-France, Metalwork
  • Villefranche sur Saône, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Machining
  • Château Gontier, Pays de la Loire, Metalwork
  • Compiègne, Hauts-de-France, Machining – Sheet Metalwork
  • Valognes, Normandie, Machining
  • Le Havre, Normandie, Sheet Metalwork
  • Vannes, Bretagne, Machining
  • Caen, Normandie, Wood
  • Limoges, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Electricity
  • Cholet, Pays de la Loire, Sheet Metalwork
  • Évreux, Pays de la Loire, Sheet Metalwork
  • Saumur, Pays de la Loire, Metalwork

Expansion of existing school supported by TotalEnergies Foundation:

  • Lyon, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Machining
  • Viuz en Sallaz, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Automobile
  • St Etienne, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Textile industry
  • Cormaranche en Bugey, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Wood
  • Vaulx en Velin, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Multisector
  • Besançon, Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Machining
  • Chalon sur Saône, Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Machining
  • Lieusaint, Île-de-France, Machining - Electricity
  • Brussieu, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Wood, Metalwork
  • Quievrechain, Hauts-de-France, Wood

École de Production out of partnership:

  • Île-de-France
  • Pays de la Loire
  • Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
  • Pays de la Loire
  • Bourgogne Franche-Comté
  • Normandie
  • Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
  • Hauts-de-France
  • Hauts-de-France
  • Pays de la Loire
  • Normandie
  • Hauts-de-France
  • Pays de la Loire
  • Occitanie
  • Pays de la Loire
  • Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
  • Normandie
  • Pays de la Loire
  • Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

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.  More than 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 the territories across France.

Key figures

The Écoles de Production network at October 6, 2023:

  • 62 schools in 12 regions and 37 departments to welcome more than 1,450 young people.

Since March 2018, TotalEnergies Foundation has assisted in the creation of 33 schools and the extension of 12 facilities.

In June 2023:

  • A 90.5% pass rate for the CAP and 88% for the Vocational Baccalaureate.
  • Half of the young people continue their training after the CAP.

The Écoles de Production have trained more than 12,000 students since they opened.

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 teams in the national territories 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 players 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 students in the 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.