An employment integration programme that trains long-term unemployed people and helps them pursue an employment path in construction and other sectors (such as forestry, sawing, pallet and eco-materials manufacturing and the agri-food industry). As part of its work, Chênelet employs participants to build social housing with high environmental and energy efficiency standards.
François Marty is an Ashoka Fellow (2008).
- On average, 40 people are trained on each construction site, with an average duration of 12 months.
- 800 people have been employed in 17 projects through the Chênelet construction network.
- The organisation directly employs 250 people, 150 of whom are part of the work reintegration programme.
- 50% of the 3,000 people trained found full-time employment in traditional companies.
Chênelet runs several job integration and training programmes, including: - ‘The Chênelet construction network’: focusing on the construction of energy efficient social housing intended for low-income families and on training people to work in the sector. - ‘The Chênelet cannery’: providing organic food processing and packaging services, offering training and job integration opportunities. - ‘Integrated wood industry’: manufacturing wood pallets for paper mills. Alongside these ongoing, sector specific programmes, the organisation offers one-off specialised workshops and working-holidays.