Alcatel-Lucent today announced that Safran, a leading international high-tech Tier-1 equipment manufacturer, is joining the @talentEgal program. The addition of Safran will enable offering disabled students an extended range of professions, complementing those of Alcatel-Lucent, in Safran’s core markets of aerospace, defense and security. The @talentEgal program provides a gateway between high schools; higher education and integration in the workplace, helping young disabled persons earn a university level degree and find a first job. Students joining this program receive complete tutoring support. They will enjoy a broad array of services, including access to specific courses at Alcatel-Lucent University, modified workstations if required, with a possible extension to their school, and priority access to job offers, apprenticeships and internships.
With Safran joining @talentEgal, students will benefit from the full range of opportunities and arrangements offered by this Group, based on work-study schemes or internships, facilitating their recruitment by Safran. In particular, Safran will set up a network of volunteer tutors to support these students throughout their courses and time in the company.
"The association is a means of removing barriers for disabled students who wish to pursue their education at university level. Since being launched two years ago, a number of students who had considered shorter courses of university study were able to continue their studies and obtain an initial graduate degree," said Loïc Le Grouiec, President of @talentEgal and CEO of Alcatel-Lucent France. "When combined with a solid professional itinerary, based on internships or apprenticeships, our program will better prepare these young people to meet the requirements of the job market."
Jean-Luc Bérard, Safran Vice President for Human Resources, added: "Safran is committed to integrating all talents, and enabling each person to achieve their professional objectives, in strict compliance with equal opportunity principles. Our Group has long applied a proactive policy of employing persons with disabilities, leading to the signature of a Group-wide agreement on April 6, 2012. The actions of the association @talentEgal are fully in line with this commitment and with our objectives. Since 2006, Safran has participated in the ELAN program, to support the training of disabled persons through work-study programs, enabling us to welcome over 170 students."
Initiated by Alcatel-Lucent in October 2010, the @talentEgal program has already provided support for 26 students, and is overseeing a class of 19 students this year. Some 90% of these students are studying for technology degrees, ranging from an undergraduate degree (36%) to an initial graduate degree (53%).
The @talentEgal program is carried out within the scope of Alcatel-Lucent’s "Mission Handicap" initiative to support disabled employees. This is an important aspect of the equal opportunity policy and fight against discrimination conducted for more than ten years by Alcatel-Lucent (alcatel-lucent.com). Over and above the principle of non-discrimination, the Group has initiated proactive efforts such as @talentEgal to support the professional integration and employment of disabled workers.
Registered as a non-profit organization, the association @talentEgal comprises Alcatel-Lucent’s facilities in France and six schools as founding partners: IUT Vélizy, Telecom Bretagne, Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris (ISEP), Rouen Business School (RBS), l’Institut national des Sciences Appliquées de Rennes (INSA Rennes), Centre de réadaptation de Mulhouse.
Safran (safran-group.com) is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 62,500 employees and generated sales of 13.6 billion euros in 2012. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.6 billion Euros in 2012. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.
Laurent Zimmermann, Alcatel-Lucent & @talentEgal
T: + 33(0)1 30 77 51 58 - E: laurent.zimmermann[.]alcatel-lucent.com.
P: +33(1) 40 60 82 20 - E: caroline.coudert[.]safran.fr.