Professeurs en Entreprise

The Professeurs en entreprise initiative organises half- to one-day visits in R&D (Research and Innovation) companies or research centres. They are intended for teachers and other key professionals in school education such as inspectors (IEN and IA-IPR), heads of schools, STEM counsellors (CAST) or innovation counsellors (CARDIE), pedagogical advisors and representatives of the Ministry of Education. These visits always take place in one week during the school year and they aim to create time for exchanges between professionals in education and in R&D departments and centres of industry or businesses.

The overall objective of this initiative is to introduce the world of education to the industrial and technological spheres as well as to less well-known professions and careers, in order to stimulate interest in scientific and technical studies and careers among students.

These visits offer these education target groups the opportunity to discover the specificities of the life and activities of each company. French companies welcome the visitors and offer them a space to exchange information with scientific managers, engineers, researchers and HR managers.

For the eighth edition, more than 120 industrial, R&D and production sites were open for half a day or a full day, with 1,300 teachers and other key education professionals attending. The following companies were involved: Airbus, Arkema, Danone, EDF, IBM, L'Occitane, Michelin, Sanofi, SNCF, Suez Environnement, Saint-Gobain, Sanofi, Solvay, Toyota, Valeo, and many SMEs.

This initiative has been organised by the Foundation C. GĂ©nial, since 2008. The Foundation was created in 2006 by six major companies: Areva, Airbus Foundation, Orange, Schlumberger, Technip and SNCF. Faced with the disengagement of young people from scientific and technical studies and careers, these companies are mobilising to raise awareness of STEM studies, careers and professions.

The initiative "Professeurs en entreprise" is presently supported by many large companies such as Schlumberger, Areva, Technip, Fondation Airbus Group, SNCF, Orange, Amgen, Arkema, IBM, Solvay, EDF Schneider Electric, Fondation l'Oreal Criteo, Ciments Calcea, Avril, Arcelor Mitteal and CEA. 

Target group
education authorities, teachers