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Écoles de Production Gaining Ground

Écoles de Production – private, nonprofit educational institutions accredited by the French State – offer young people aged 15 to 18 skills-qualification training, based on a “learning by doing” approach. Students learn a trade by producing products in response to actual orders from customers.
In 2018, in line with its commitment to Youth Inclusion and Education, the Fondation TotalEnergies pledged significant financial support to the Federation of Écoles de Production (FNEP). Some 21 new schools have since opened their doors, including 11 at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

A Rapidly Growing Network

The Fondation TotalEnergies’ long-term support is aimed at developing the École de Production network. The goal is to have 100 Écoles de Production across all 13 regions in France, hosting more than 4,000 young people by 2028.

The Fondation TotalEnergies is supporting the creation of new schools, particularly ones specializing in industrial trades, by helping to fund feasibility studies, purchase equipment and cover start-up costs while the schools find their financial footing. 

The network is growing fast: 11 new schools opened in time for the 2021-2022 school year, with ten of them supported by the Fondation TotalEnergies. As a result, the network’s geographical coverage has expanded to two new regions in France (Centre-Val de Loire and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) and five more departments (Bouches-du-Rhône, Loir-et-Cher, Oise, Seine-Saint-Denis and Mayenne). 

One school opened in Stains on September 20, 2021, for example, while an ambitious dual machining and sheet metal work program was successfully launched in Compiègne. Further north in Pas-de-Calais, the Béthune-Bruay school will soon be offering new training prospects as the area’s Bridgestone factory closes. On November 8, 2021, Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of TotalEnergies, and Édouard Philippe, President of the Le Havre Seine Métropole urban community and Mayor of Le Havre, inaugurated the Métropole Havraise École de Production, specializing in sheet metal work. This momentum shows no sign of stopping, with several projects already taking shape for 2022-2023, particularly as part of a call for expressions of interest launched by the French government under its stimulus plan for the country. Next goal: 70 Écoles de Production by the end of 2023! 

Support From the Fondation TotalEnergies Every Step of the Way

In addition to financial backing, the Fondation TotalEnergies is helping the FNEP to scale up by drawing on its own skills in various fields, such as communications, management and digital strategy. The Foundation encourages it to form alliances with other backers and nonprofit partners too to gain in visibility and impact. In TotalEnergies’ host regions, the Company’s local teams are also working hard to create new schools by promoting the École de Production model, sharing their knowledge of the area, putting various local players in touch with each other and opening up their own ecosystem.

During the health crisis, TotalEnergies’ French corporate foundation funded the rollout of a digital platform to support students learning from home, provided masks so that face-to-face classes could resume safely, and promoted citizenship initiatives for students to get involved in, such as manufacturing masks and visors and preparing and delivering meals to healthcare workers. 

The Fondation TotalEnergies also contributes to a financial support fund to help students in difficulty, which has already benefited nearly 540 young people. Lastly, since soft skills and broader horizons are also key to ensuring that the students flourish, initiatives on road safety – another of our priority areas – have been organized in 24 of the schools. In addition, the Foundation invites students to take part in art projects, visit exhibitions and attend shows. 

Supporting a Project Meeting All Our Commitments

The Fondation TotalEnergies chose to provide significant support to the FNEP because this initiative is in line with our values and expertise. Écoles de Production are a complementary, concrete and inspiring manifestation of our commitment to Youth Inclusion and Education. Located in the heart of our host regions, each school makes a valuable contribution to the vibrancy of the area. Well aware of the scale of the challenge, we have taken a partnership-based approach. Combining forces and working collaboratively with other public and private players are key to ensuring that the project is successful and sustainable.

Facts & Figures

  • The École de Production network in February 2022: 44 schools in 11 regions and 29 departments as of February 28, 2022, welcoming 1,200 young people. 
  • Since March 2018, the Fondation TotalEnergies has supported the creation of 18 schools and the extension of ten existing schools. 
  • In June 2021 :
    • 91.3% success rate for certificates of competence (CAP), versus a national average of 77.6%.
    • 100% success rate for vocational diplomas (Bac Pro), versus a national average of 86.7%.
  • Over 12,000 students have been trained at the Écoles de Production since they were opened.

Ten new schools supported by the Fondation TotalEnergies opened at the start of the 2021-2022 school year:

  • La Fabrique – Académie de Mécanique in Villefranche-sur-Saône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Machining)
  • O’Tech École de Production Sud-Oise in Compiègne, Oise (dual Sheet metal work and Machining program) – NEW DEPARTMENT
  • École de Production Maurice Leroux in Salbris, Centre-Val de Loire (Machining) – NEW REGION – NEW DEPARTMENT
  • Iron Academy in Stains, Seine-Saint-Denis (Machining) – NEW DEPARTMENT
  • EPICC in Roubaix, Hauts-de-France (Textiles)
  • École Saint Eloi in Annecy, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Polishing) 
  • Fask Academy in Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Textiles) – NEW REGION – NEW DEPARTMENT
  • École de Production de Béthune-Bruay in Hauts-de-France (Machining)
  • École de Production Je Fabrique mon Avenir in Istres, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Sheet metal work) – NEW REGION – NEW DEPARTMENT 
  • Metallik Vallée Sud Mayenne in Château-Gontier, Pays de la Loire (Metalwork) – NEW DEPARTMENT