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Frontiers June 2013 Issue

Working together to help Boeing, its French suppliers and a French nonprofit organization have joined forces to train promising unemployed candidates for careers in aerospace and related industries. Since 2005, Boeing France has supported Les Restos du Coeur (Restaurants of the Heart), the most popular French nonprofit organization that addresses hunger, unemployment and homelessness. “We’re now focusing on what has become a serious problem in France, which is unemployment among disadvantaged people,” said Yves Galland, president, Boeing France. Initially, Boeing provided funding to support the organization’s winter campaign program, which delivers food to the needy during the cold winter months. Over the years, Boeing has worked with Les Restos du Coeur on programs related to infant support, housing, and social and professional rehabilitation. The next level in the partnership is now represented by the Solidarity in Aerospace program, which involves Boeing industrial partners in France. In 2011, Boeing and Les Restos du Coeur launched Solidarity in Aerospace—“Aéronautique Solidaire”—an initiative designed to provide aerospace training and industry job placement assistance to disadvantaged individuals in France. “The program uses a very dynamic sector of the French economy, the aerospace industry, to provide training,” Galland explained. “Boeing, with its supplier base, has a fantastic network. We are all working together to help these people find jobs.” Each program session begins when Les Restos du Coeur selects a group of 15 individuals to participate in the training. They attend a two-week training session at the Châteauroux airport in the center of France. This is followed by a three-week training period at the facilities of Boeing partners throughout France. “The program has been a real success,” Galland said. “It’s another example of how Boeing, working with its suppliers, can achieve success—not just in business, but in helping the communities we serve.” The program thus far has found jobs or further professional training for about half the participants. Many of the jobs are offered by Boeing suppliers. The program’s impact has been significant—and gratifying. As one of the participants wrote to Galland after she finished the program and found a job: “At 46, I will at last be able to breathe and not to live in fear for my son and myself.” – Bill Seil 36 BOEING FRONTIERS / JUNE 2013


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