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CEB €13.5 million loan to Apprentis d’Auteuil supports vocational training and social inclusion for vulnerable youth

13 December 2023

Paris - The €13.5 million loan from the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), backed by the InvestEU guarantee programme, will help complete the reorganisation and modernisation of the Saint-Philippe Campus, one of Apprentis d’Auteuil’s main school and educational complexes in Meudon, in the Hauts-de-Seine department, while supporting 800 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in their integration into the world of work and society.

(First row) CEB Governor Carlo Monticelli, DG of Apprentis d’Auteuil Nicolas Truelle, CEB Vice-Governor Sandrine Gaudin and Saint-Philippe Campus Director Thierry Campos (© Besnard/Apprentis d’Auteuil)
(First row) CEB Governor Carlo Monticelli, DG of Apprentis d’Auteuil Nicolas Truelle, CEB Vice-Governor Sandrine Gaudin and Saint-Philippe Campus Director Thierry Campos (© Besnard/Apprentis d’Auteuil)

The planned investments are essential to enhancing the quality of the facilities and educational capacity of the campus of Fondation Apprentis d’Auteuil for the benefit of young people in difficulty, protected children and their families, while making the most of the exceptional natural and architectural setting of the Meudon site. As a result, the project will create a more coherent campus, combining high-quality training, living and innovation facilities, with a focus on optimising learning environments, to serve the educational and social mission of Apprentis d’Auteuil.

The Foundation was selected for the social, educational and environmental ambitions of its new Saint-Philippe Educational and Ecological Campus. Its ambitions are fully in line with the CEB’s specific mandate to promote social cohesion in Europe through investment in the social sectors, including education and social housing, focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable populations. This funding from the CEB, guaranteed by the InvestEU programme, underlines the confidence of European institutions in the pedagogy and operations of Apprentis d’Auteuil.

In addition to the CEB loan, the new Saint-Philippe Campus project receives grants from the Ile-de-France Regional Council and the Hauts-de-Seine Departmental Council as well as funding from sponsors and private donors.

Today, a CEB delegation including Governor Carlo Monticelli and Vice-Governor Sandrine Gaudin visited the Campus alongside Nicolas Truelle, Director General of Apprentis d’Auteuil and Thierry Campos, Director of the Saint-Philippe Campus, and as well as members of the teams from the two institutions and students.

During the visit, Governor Monticelli said: “Vocational training is one of the keys to building a more inclusive society. This project will have a major impact by enabling young people undergoing training in Meudon to prepare for their future in the best possible conditions. We are delighted work with the Foundation for the first time and to participate in the financing of this important project, with the support of InvestEU. This operation is fully in line with the Bank’s social objectives.”

“Our Saint-Philippe Educational and Ecological Campus will not only be a fantastic support tool for our young people in training, but will also give them a better understanding of the future of humanity and our planet”, Thierry Campos added.

The objectives of the new Saint-Philippe Educational and Ecological Campus:

  • Strong growth in enrolment (+200 young people) to reach 800 young people in training at the three establishments by 2026, particularly in apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships.
  • Integral ecology at the heart of the project for better “living together”: the objectives of sustainable development will be integrated into the education and teaching provided on the site.
  • A building programme to refurbish and renovate the college, the boarding school, the creation of a technical hall and the modernisation of sports facilities.

Background

The Saint-Philippe Campus, created in 1888 to take in orphans in the heart of an exceptional 14-hectare park at the top of the Val Fleury hill (Meudon), has significant development potential to continue to implement the vocation of the Apprentis d’Auteuil. It currently supports 600 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, aged between 12 and 30, as they integrate into society and the world of work. The secondary school, vocational school, horticultural and landscaping school and apprenticeship training units offer personalised support and training tailored to each individual’s age, family situation, skills and plans.

Built at the end of the 19th century, the Campus’s historic buildings are facing a complex situation in terms of organisation and available resources, as the fragmented premises no longer meet the needs of young people in training nor the educational community.

To remedy these shortcomings, in 2021 the Foundation launched the “New Saint Philippe Educational and Ecological Campus” project, which aims to reorganise the current site to ensure the continuity of all activities, innovate its educational offering, establish apprenticeship courses on a long-term basis and take advantage of the site’s environment and architecture, for the benefit of the 800 vulnerable young people who will be working there in 2026 and their families.

The work in focus

A middle school for all skills
The “Collège de toutes les Compétences” opened the doors to its new premises on 1 September 2022. It offers an innovative approach to teaching that makes it easier to accommodate students with special educational needs. The concept: a ‘classless’ or ‘level-based’ middle school that bases its teaching practices not on the age but on the skills of the pupils at a given time.

Residential boarding school
The Residential Boarding School (IES) is one of the main ways of preventing young people between 11 and 20 from dropping out of school. It is aimed at pupils who do not fit into traditional schools or whose family situation does not allow for parents to take full care of their child. The aim of the scheme is to reduce educational and social inequalities by providing individualised help.

The learning gallery
This 400 m² technical hall (initial works scheduled for 2024, completion in 2026) will benefit secondary school students and apprentices in the energy industry and help develop continuing education in this field. It will meet a major market need: integrating communication systems and training young people in smart electricity grids. This intelligent system will also enable people to manage their own consumption.

About Apprentis d’Auteuil Foundation
Apprentis d’Auteuil is a Catholic foundation recognised as being in the public interest and a committed player in child prevention and protection. In France and abroad, it develops programmes to welcome, educate, train and integrate vulnerable young people and families to give them back what they often lack most: confidence. Apprentis d’Auteuil supports almost 40,000 young people and 8,000 families via more than 400 establishments and schemes. The Foundation provides 77 vocational training courses in 12 areas. Internationally, Apprentis d’Auteuil has chosen to work in partnership. The foundation carries out actions in more than 31 countries alongside its 68 local partners. Every year, more than 15,000 young people and families around the world benefit from these programmes.

About the CEB
The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is a multilateral development bank, whose unique mission is to promote social cohesion in its 43 member states across Europe. The CEB finances investment in social sectors, including education, health and affordable housing, with a focus on the needs of vulnerable people. Borrowers include governments, local and regional authorities, public and private banks, non-profit organisations and others. As a multilateral bank with an excellent credit rating, the CEB funds itself on the international capital markets. It approves projects according to strict social, environmental and governance criteria, and provides technical assistance. In addition, the CEB receives funds from donors to complement its activities.

About InvestEU
The InvestEU programme provides the EU with crucial long-term funding by leveraging substantial private and public funds in support of a sustainable recovery. It also helps mobilise private investments for the EU’s policy priorities, such as the European Green Deal and the digital transition. The programme consists of three components: the InvestEU Fund, the InvestEU Advisory Hub, and the InvestEU Portal. The InvestEU Fund is implemented through financial partners who will invest in projects using the EU budget guarantee of €26.2 billion. The entire budgetary guarantee backs the investment projects of the implementing partners, increasing their risk-bearing capacity and thus mobilising at least €372 billion in additional investment.

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