Education: “I went back to second chance school”

Second Chance Schools (E2C) established 25 years ago welcome young people aged 16 to 25 who leave school for more than a year without a diploma or qualification. L’Etudiant followed Maëva, Camélia and Youssef as they build their professional and integration project.

The Second Chance School (E2C) does not have a one-off start in September, but starts all year round. “On May 3, I returned to second-chance school in Paris,” explains Camélia, 21, who dropped out of hairdressing training in 2018 and spent three “sabbaticals” without getting any education or work. “I got a course I didn’t like, I skipped school and dropped out when I was 16. I sat at home for a long time and did nothing,” confides his classmate Maëva, 22. “As far as I’m concerned, I hadn’t gone to school from 2017 to 2019 before I told myself I had to look for a job. their comrade Youssef , 22 years old and deputy of the promotion, testified.

Schools for extracurricular youth

Like Camélia, Maëva and Youssef, some 15,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 25, who have left the traditional school system without qualifications or qualifications, find their way back to one of the 50 second chance schools (E2C) spread over 135 locations across the country. France. Objective: in a few months (average seven) build a professional project and either get a jobeither an apprenticeship contract or access to a qualifying course.

“A young person comes to second-chance school because he has decided to take charge of his life and has chosen an end point. After a few months, he has a job: either a permanent contract, or a fixed-term contract, or an apprenticeship”, explains Denis Bouchard, President of E2C Paris.

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“You don’t choose a job on the internet or by reading a brochure, but by experimenting. Therefore very soon our young people go on an internship at companies to discover crafts“, continues Denis Bouchard. The first four weeks at school are spent on a practical refresher course in French, mathematics or office automation with the aim of finding an internship to discover and test crafts.

“We learn how to create a resume, cover letter and write emails properly to get our internships”explains Maëva, who has completed four internships, three of which in her favorite field: animals. “My professional project now is to become a veterinary assistant”† Youssef, 22, also found his way after two internships in car garages: “My internships helped me to find a job : car repairman. I am looking for an apprenticeship or training to obtain my CAP as a mechanic.”

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“If you’ve been in school for 15 years and it hasn’t resulted in a degree or you’re not on your way to professional integration, you can despair of finding your place in the company and in society,” notes Denis Bouchard. “But in our schools we can rediscovering the hope of professional integration and integration together

For Youssef, there is no doubt that spending time in this establishment is a positive experience: “Besides the orientation to a profession, during a civilian mission in Ehpad I became aware of skills I possessed such as listening, patience and benevolence. And at school I am a delegate of my promotion. This is the first time in my life that I am a delegate, that I represent a group…‘ laughed the young man.

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