Sixteen foreign students graduated from the first national school for cabinet directors

These overseas students, including the farewell speech, are already integrated into professional life and have come to assimilate or consolidate their experience as chief of staff. This new school, in collaboration with the University of Lorraine and the IAE of Metz, has long been considered a job you learn on the job and is the first of its kind in France.

Slowly, a small crowd enters a Senate chamber. Impressed by the symbolism of the place, the eyes wander through the chandelier-adorned reception area. A few people take their picture in front of a golden statue of Julius Caesar, or in front of the desk marked “National School of Directors of Cabinet” affixed for the occasion. The school welcomed its first promotion during this 2021/2022 school year. It delivers a state diploma of chief of staff for 7000€ in one year.

For the graduation of the first national school of cabinet directors, about fifty people gathered on Friday, July 22, in the presence of Dominique Faure, s secretary charged by state of rurality. Almost half of the 36 graduates come from abroad. Several chosen Ultramarines then traveled especially for the occasion. So in the meeting was Christian Baptiste, Member of Parliament for Guadeloupe’s 2nd Constituency. But also the delegates from Guyana Jean-Victor Castor and Davy Rimane.

Some Guyanese students from the 1st promotion of the National School of Cabinet Directors with Guyanese MPs Jean-Victor Castor and Davy Rimane on Friday 22nd July 2022.

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All students of this program are already integrated into active life. Sometimes they are even heads of cabinet. Then why would you register for a course for which you are already a professional? For Arianne Saliou, the valedictorian of Reunion, it is an opportunity to network, “the network, the meeting. It’s a real joy for me, especially coming Abroad, to say there are riches, nuggets of gold to be valued.”

For others, the training makes it possible to: give legitimacy to his profession and his achievements thanks to a diploma bac +5 level.

Surprised, the principal of the school had not expected so many foreign students to apply for his school. “I have many people from the DOM-TOMs because there is a great need for training. I didn’t think there would be so many overseas people. So we adapted. I decided to do three sessions a day to prevent them from waking up in the middle of the night to attend classes,” explains Bruno Gosselin, the school’s founding director.

Indeed, with the jet lag, foreign students had to follow the hours of France in order to take classes. Kenny Chammougom, Territorial Chief Engineer and Co-President of French Tech Guadeloupe, remembers. “We had to get up at three or four in the morning to take classes. With a colleague from Guadeloupe who also followed this training, we supported each other. But afterwards they put the courses online, so it was practical”. An organization at work that recognizes Bruno Gosselin who had designed the school on a hexagonal model.

Just under half of foreign students are women. A statistic that is far from anecdotal for those who deplore the lack of women in positions of responsibility in politics. Églantine Eliezer-Vanerot, business project manager and innovative actions within the urban community of C ap Excellency in Guadeloupe, came back from Canada especially to practice on her island. But soon she runs into a lack of opportunities. Now that she’s graduated, she’s sharing her message wherever she goes. ” I’m going to call on the directors, directors to have more female cabinet directors. Because we have many employees, but not many cabinet directors. Today I have no position as chief of staff in Guadeloupe.”

Sentiment shared by the valedictorian, Arianne Salou of Reunion. “There are riches, nuggets of gold to be valued, especially among women who are not sufficiently represented in so-called power circles. And I think that especially foreign women have things to say and also need to be heard.” Arianne Salou, who has been head of private office at the town hall of Saint-Denis for less than a year, has given herself the means to complete this training. Mother of a nine-year-old boy, the 30-year-old participated in the training during the year. Today she is very proud to be the first goodbye.

Arianne Salou, valedictorian of the 1st promotion of the National School of Cabinet Directors alongside State Secretary Dominique Faure and Elisabeth Deschanet, Director of the Collegium Lorraine Management Innovation (LMI)

Arianne Salou, valedictorian of the 1st promotion of the National School of Cabinet Directors, together with State Secretary Dominique Faure and Elisabeth Deschanet, Director of the Lorraine Management Innovation (LMI) collegium, Friday 22 July 2022

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For simplicity, a “dir’ cab”is a person who will manage the day-to-day affairs of a political personality. This can range from the President of the Republic to a departmental elected official. “It’s a bit like the spindle of the chosen one”, summarizes Dominique Faure.

“In the past, the director of the cabinet was the trusted person placed at the head of an office to run the day-to-day business. But now that is no longer possible. You need someone with a real academic background. Being the confidant is no longer enough”, explains Bruno Gosselin, the founder of the school. That is why he founded the school in collaboration with the University of Lorraine and the Institute of Business Administration (IAE) in Metz. There, speakers in the field of communication and management, but also from cabinet management, such as Alain Zabulon, former cabinet director of François Hollande, himself of Martinican descent, taught in the school. .

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