Training of unemployed women in personal presentation, sales and sewing

 
 
Country

France

Thematic area

Education and training

Duration

2011-2014

 
 
  • Employees in a reintegration program are trained in sales techniques with the expertise of a Chanel volunteer.
    Employees in a reintegration program are trained in sales techniques with the expertise of a Chanel volunteer.
  • A Chanel volunteer transmits her expertise in tailoring to Tissons la Solidarité employees.
    A Chanel volunteer transmits her expertise in tailoring to Tissons la Solidarité employees.
  • Employees in a reintegration program put some make-up on following a self-presentation workshop.
    Employees in a reintegration program put some make-up on following a self-presentation workshop.

The context

In France, women represent 55% of people living under the poverty line and 70% of poor workers.

 
 

The project

Founded in 2004, the “Tissons la Solidarite” (Weaving Solidarity) network groups together 70 professional integration structures around the recycling of second-hand clothing.  The majority of the people engaged are women.  The network employs them under assisted contracts promoting their professional integration.  Personalized social support reduces the obstacles to employment (such as access to a driver’s license, childcare solutions, and literacy.)

 
 

The support

Fondation CHANEL supported 20 network structures professionalizing both their production facilities and especially the work employees and technical supervisors. True co-construction, the partnership was based mainly on a direct technical assistance program with the involvement of many employees of the House.

The results

  • Internal experts have developed customized training modules on self-presentation, sewing, and customer relations.
  • 68 Chanel collaborators traveled through France to train more than 300 employees and 60 technical supervisors.
  • This partnership played a role in the certification of the Tissons la Solidarite network as a training center for textile sales nationwide.
  • Continuing education has become a major focus / added value of the association.

 
 

The partner

Tissons la Solidarité brings together 70 associations from the world of integration through economic activity, whose common goal is to ensure a return to sustainable employment for employees on integration.

 
 
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