Safran reaffirms commitment to employment at European Apprenticeship Forum

Herstal (Belgium) – November 27, 2015

Safran is pleased to welcome Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility to the Techspace Aero (Safran) site in Herstal, Belgium for the Safran European Apprenticeship Forum. The event will be attended by numerous Belgian political leaders, including Eliane Tillieux, Walloon Government Minister of Employment and Training, Marc Tarabella, Member of the European Parliament, and Frédéric Daerden, Member of the European Parliament and mayor of Herstal.

Safran has in recent years continued to strengthen its commitment to bringing youth into the workforce across Europe, notably through apprenticeships.

In 2013, the Group signed a Europe-wide agreement with the IndustriAll labor union for professional integration of young people in Europe through apprenticeships, mentoring, hiring and training. This initiative is supported by existing best practices at Safran's European subsidiaries.

This European agreement was followed by a second accord in March 2015 on employee skills and career development, aimed at strengthening European social dialogue.

Last June Safran joined the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA)*, reaffirming its commitment to training and employment for youth, as well as to facilitating their job mobility within Safran entities in Europe.

Safran also established a flexible apprenticeship framework in 2013 that enables apprentices to split the time they spend training in a company between the Safran subsidiary that employs them and a Group subcontractor.

"Businesses play a pivotal role in bringing young people into the labor market, especially in the current environment, where youth unemployment is a challenge that must be addressed throughout Europe. I want to thank Safran for their active involvement in the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, which aims to provide quality apprenticeships to help these young people successfully join the work force," commented Marianne Thyssen.

"The Juncker Commission has made economic growth and employment the top priority for its mandate, particularly for young people, who are most seriously impacted by unemployment in Europe. Safran is an international group present in 60 countries that employs 70,000 people, two-thirds of them in Europe, and 80% of our main suppliers are based in Europe, making the Group a major European employer. Our global performance is anchored in European technologies," stated Stéphane Abrial, Safran Senior Executive VP International and Public Affairs.

"This forum is emblematic of Safran's youth employment policy, which centers on two major objectives: contribute to vocational training for young people and ensure the renewal of skills by recruiting qualified youth. Safran believes strongly in the benefits of the apprenticeship framework, for training engineers as well as line workers and technicians," said Jean-Luc Bérard, Safran Executive Vice President, Human Resources.

The Safran Group counted 3,000 apprentices in Europe in 2014, an increase of 4% compared with 2013.

 

*About the European Alliance for Apprenticeships

The Alliance brings together public authorities, chambers of commerce, industry and crafts, businesses, social partners, education and training providers, regions, youth and non-profit organizations, think tanks and research institutes in order to promote apprenticeship schemes and initiatives across Europe.

Last June, more than forty companies and other organizations joined the Alliance and committed to providing a total of 140,000 apprenticeships and training to young people.

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