As a founder member of not-for-profit bodies Airemploi, JEREMY and AFMAé, Air France is helping to create pools of skilled workers suited to the needs of the airline industry.
Seen as a first step towards improved knowledge of the airline sector, this non-profit body, set up 1999 at the initiative of Air France, GIAFS (the grouping of French aerospace industries) and FNAM, the national federation of merchant aviation, Airemploi dispenses information and guidance to anyone involved in one of the training courses required to access a career in aviation: transport, aeronautics, maintenance, airport ground services, security, and so on.
To meet this objective, Airemploi has developed aids including a website, a DVD and a CD-ROM, and has an active presence in the field, organizing employment forums, site visits, talks, interviews, etc.
In 2010, for example, Airemploi gave 198 Terre et Ciel (“Earth and Sky”) talks in French middle- and high schools to present career opportunities in the aviation industry.
Airemploi also organizes guided tours of Roissy-CDG and Orly airports in partnership with local Environment Centers (Maisons de l’Environnement) along with initiatives to showcase particular professions in aviation (Découvertes métiers).
In 2011, a program has been organized for 63 girls to broaden their career awareness by exploring a number of careers generally seen as male-oriented.
• L’association « JEREMY »
(Jeunes En Recherche d’Emploi à Roissy et OrlY)
Set up in 1998 at the initiative of Air France, JEREMY, a not-for-profit grouping, aims to foster the integration of local people who are lacking skills and so are at risk of not finding employment. It shares hiring opportunities among over a dozen member businesses and, in partnership with government agencies, runs a structure that combines training, on-the-job experience, and social worker support.
In 2010, some 285 young people attended training courses for airport jobs.
• L’« AFMAé » (Association pour la Formation des Métiers de l’Aérien)
In 1996, at the initiative of Air France, a number of companies involved in aircraft construction and maintenance, air transport and the travel sector, grouped together to provide apprenticeships for young people wishing to enter the service and technical industries by preparing diplomas organized by the French Education Ministry. In the eyes of the profession, AFMAé is the benchmark when it comes to initial training through block release.
The association ensures that the training offering meets the needs of businesses. Through the intermediary of the CFA Apprentice Training Centre for careers in aviation, it creates pools of skilled and qualified personnel.
In 2010, AFMAé trained some 324 apprentices and 116 interns in the framework of continuing education. Despite the poor economic climate, Air France continued with its block release programs by taking in 148 CFA apprentices at the start of the new academic year in 2010: 140 at Air France Industries, and eight workers with disabilities at Commercial France.
• Air France jointly develops innovative partnership programs with a wide array of stakeholders, such as the Ecoles de la Deuxième Chance (“Schools for a Second Chance”) and the French Ministry of Education, via the IPE Ingénieurs pour l’école (“Engineers for Schools”) program, which involves seconding Company line managers to the French educational system. Air France contributes eight such 8 IPE managers. In February 2011, a total of 21 recently-appointed head teachers from middle- and high schools attended a training course at Air France to share the Company’s management know-how. Informed in this way, teaching staff will be better able to advise students on careers in aviation.
- A second chance
that is exactly what this very special type of school is offering young people aged 18-25 who left school without any kind of qualification. In the framework of an individually-tailored training program, students are given two or three work experience placements in businesses to help them discover the world of work, its possibilities and its constraints. In 2010, as a founder member of the E2C established in the Val-de-Marne département, near Roissy Airport, Air France Industries hosted a number of work experience interns in the logistics department of its engineering resources maintenance workshops. The young people are overseen, but more especially, listened to, in order to validate their future professional project.
- Working with the sheltered sector
Air France regularly makes use of structures which employ workers with disabilities in a range of activities, including uniform distribution, cleaning inflight blankets, and logistics for engine spares.
In 2010, the number of protected sector establishments to which Air France outsources work rose by a total of 69, generating turnover of 12 million euros and the equivalent of 560 full-time jobs. Air France has also allocated a proportion of the Apprenticeship Tax it pays – a total of 772,000 euros – to organizations providing training for workers with disabilities.
The Group contributes to the development of the places where it operates by interlinking the economies of 244 destinations in 105 countries through cooperation with local airlines, by employing local sub-contractors which operate on behalf of the Group, and by using local food products in our inflight meals.
In particular, Air France contributes to the economic and social development of overseas dependencies through a “voluntary commitment charter” signed in 2009 and extended in 2010 to include French Overseas Territories, designed to make travel between these territories and France easier.
The Group also transfers skills to the countries served through assignments carried out by Air France Consulting and the AIDA (Assistance, Investissements, Développement en Afrique) investment and development program in Mali, Senegal and Gabon, in Africa.
The program gives ground services companies operating at African airports the opportunity of acquiring greater professionalism at the IAMA training center in Bamako, Mali, in a number of areas such as IT, ramp equipment maintenance, and airport facilities management. A total of 1,150 agents graduated in 2010 from courses run in nine countries throughout Africa. In March 2010, IATA gave its seal of approval to a course on handling dangerous goods, and new courses are being provided, including one in catering (in partnership with Servair) and another for training cabin crew.
The program to combat deforestation in Madagascar, which is backed by Air France and run at local level by WWF-Madagascar, overseen by the GoodPlanet Foundation, includes a large-scale social component.
By training local communities in sustainable forest stewardship through the transfer of skills and technical, organizational, and legal support, the program reaches thousands of families who will benefit from additional income and improved living conditions over the long term.