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10 july 2017

Building for a fresh start: 100 new employees on workplace inclusion schemes

On 27 June, the Veolia Foundation and the association Acta Vista (part of the SOS Group) signed a sponsorship agreement covering training a hundred people who will work on the restoration of Hôpital Caroline located on the Iles du Frioul in Marseille.

André Malrait, Deputy Mayor of Marseille, responsible for heritage and historical monuments (left), and Hervé Pernot, Director of Treatment for Veolia’s waste recovery and recycling activity in the Mediterranean region and project sponsor (right), with the signatories of the sponsorship agreement: Vincent Nicollet, CEO of Acta Vista (on the left), Thierry Vandevelde, Executive Officer Veolia Foundation (on the right).

On Tuesday 27 June a large number of people were present to witness the commitment of the Veolia Foundation and Acta Vista, a subsidiary of the SOS group, to workplace inclusion. In the presence of representatives of the city council and the Veolia Group, Vincent Nicollet, CEO of Acta Vista, and Thierry Vandevelde, Executive Officer of the Veolia Foundation, signed a sponsorship agreement formalizing the Foundation's support for an inclusion and training project for the restoration of Hôpital Caroline. Partners since 2013, notably through support for the training and qualification project on Batterie de la Cride in Sanary-sur-Mer, and the reconstruction of a noria in Saint Mandrier, this time the Veolia Foundation and Acta Vista (SOS Group) are making plans for Ile Ratonneau in the Friuli archipelago.

The project, which has already mobilized close to 300 people on workplace inclusion contracts, consists of recruiting a hundred people who are struggling to find work and training them as stone masons for historical buildings or as carpenters. The employees are individually supported and supervised by a job project manager and will be able to obtain an Afpa qualification (level V professional diploma) after at least 10 months of training. They are recruited for a period of six months, renewable once.

The Foundation's support is accompanied by skills sponsorship provided by Hervé Pernot, Director of Treatment for Veolia’s waste recovery and recycling activity in the Mediterranean region, who is the project sponsor. This skills sponsorship will facilitate the recruitment of the employees at the end of their training and give the project's stakeholders the benefit of Veolia’s safety expertise.

Hôpital Caroline, opened in 1828, has 12 pavilions, originally used to accommodate 72 closely supervised patients. The site was made available by the Marseille city council, and has been an Acta Vista training centre since 2007. Seven pavilions have been stabilized, including the fully restored Chevalier Roze with its magnificent six-tonne framework helicoptered onto the top of the building in 2011.

By renewing its confidence in Acta Vista, the Foundation is now involved in workplace inclusion with the restoration of remarkable sites.
 
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From left to right: Dominique Boizeau, Communication Director Veolia Foundation; Stanislas Pouradier-Duteil, Back-office Manager in the Veolia Water development department; Emilie Laval, General Secretary for Veolia’s waste recovery and recycling activity in the Mediterranean region; Hervé Pernot, Director of Treatment for Veolia’s waste recovery and recycling activity in the Mediterranean region; Joël Gentil, Director Mediterranean for Veolia’s waste recovery and recycling activity; Thierry Vandevelde, Executive Officer Veolia Foundation; André Malrait, Deputy Mayor of Marseille, responsible for heritage and historical monuments; and Pâquerette Demotes-Mainard, Partnerships and Projects Manager with Acta Vista.