Work integration

If you are unemployed and are seeking to gain skills to help you get into the workplace, then we want to hear from you. The Bouygues Construction Special Apprenticeship scheme is designed to offer people like you a chance to gain valuable work experience on a construction site, supported and nurtured by people who are enthusiastic and passionate about their profession.

A social and economic responsibility

As a company operating in both urban and rural settings, and with the full support of our customers and public contracting authorities, we strongly believe that providing work and training opportunities forms part of our responsibility. One of our core aims is to give people who are unemployed the chance to regain their confidence and acquire a recognised professional qualification and to help them secure their first job or get back into the workplace.
In 2012, Bouygues Construction set up a dedicated committee made up of operational managers and human resources professionals to deliver on this commitment. Each year, across all our French sites, we are able to provide 500,000 hours of employment and training to people who fit the target profile.

Going beyond contractual obligations

Our approach on the ground goes well beyond contractual requirements and is underpinned by proactive initiatives, developed and shared with our public and private-sector partners. These initiatives take the form of direct job creation (work opportunity contracts, training contracts) or direct jobs available through our partners (temporary employment agencies and work opportunity companies).

Our global commitment to providing work opportunities

Wherever we operate, our subsidiaries launch initiatives to provide work and training opportunities. Here are some of our success stories.

The “Pays de France” project, Reims

Thanks to a local agreement on work opportunities for disadvantaged communities, Pertuy Construction has easily exceeded its commitments, delivering on more than 24,000 hours of employment and training. A key component of the company's approach is its collaboration with two local organisations, JOB’S 51 and EMPLOI 51, on a temporary work opportunity contract offering training and a minimum of six months’ work experience to six candidates.

The LNG Tank site, Dunkirk

Bouygues Travaux Publics and a number of employment organisations have initiated a major work opportunity project. Launched in 2011, the recruitment process is based on workshops presenting different professions, simulation-based recruitment techniques and 15 months of vocational training. The scheme resulted in more than 200 recruitment interviews being held, and 24 ‘Operational Preparation for Employment’ agreements and 21 work/study contracts being signed.

United Kingdom

Bouygues UK has developed a network of Skills & Employment Centres on its biggest construction sites. These skills centres, which have been accredited by the National Skills Academy for Construction, are intended to develop apprenticeships, training, local employment and education. Bouygues UK has already opened six centres, in London, Brighton, Harlow, Maidstone and Chelmsford.
Each centre is managed by a dedicated project coordinator, who is the interface between the site team, subcontractors, trainers and local agencies. One example of a fruitful partnership was the Rochester site, where Bouygues UK joined forces with the Medway Job Centre to offer thirteen unemployed youngsters to follow apprenticeships at the Skills & Employment Centre.

Testimonials…

Fabrice GIARD,
« An unusual way of recruiting »

« In 2008, I met someone from an organisation (the C2DI93 association) offering work opportunities, who talked to me about a project in the Rue de l’Ourcq in northern Paris that was being undertaken by Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France – Habitat Résidentiel. She introduced me to the site manager, who gave me a guided tour of the site, and explained the job to me. I started on a three-month fixed-term contract. I found the way I was recruited very interesting. […] I've been at Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France for four years now and I've learned a great deal, particularly with regard to safety. My foreman is a real stickler for safety, and he’s absolutely right. »

Anthony DUMONT,
« I’ve learned everything on site »

« I got as far as a high school vocational certificate in electronics, but studying wasn’t for me. That was in 2009. The next year, I really didn’t know what to do next. In 2010, I found temporary work in a demolition company. Through a local connection, I found out about the C2DI93 organisation, which specialises in employment opportunities. I met the site manager: we talked about the construction industry and what he would expect from me if I agreed to work for him. I thought that the method of recruitment was brilliant, because I had to sell myself directly to the site manager – it was between him and me. I accepted the job, telling myself that it was going to be tough. I was initially hired of all on a three-month temporary contract. I really enjoyed it and I’ve now got a permanent contract. […] I’ve been at Habitat Résidentiel for six months. I think I’ve done allright and I want to carry on working for the company, because I really like it here. »

If you, too, want to have such a rewarding experience and facilitate your integration into the labour market, simply go to your nearest young people’s employment centre. In every region, there is a Bouygues Construction site waiting to welcome you.