Ajmal Chaumoo, 24 -year-old Mauritian-French beneficiary of the European Pact for Youth, joined the program to find an apprenticeship, and for an opportunity to live a soldier life for one week.
Ajmal graduated from high school with a diploma in Computerised Mechanical Production. However, this was not something he had aspired to do. “It wasn’t my first choice, but the secondary school director told me that I wasn’t good enough to go to a classical high school”, Ajmal says.
After his highs school diploma, Ajmal studied for BTEC Higher National Diploma Maintenance manager and IT support through apprenticeship. He was connected to the Employment Mobility Sport program (1) through the local job counsellor of his neighbourhood. “It’s hard to find a company for apprenticeship otherwise, and they gave us an opportunity to live a soldier life for one week and I was really curious about it.”
Mentoring and Company Visits
The program is organised in collaboration by FACE (2) with ENGIE and other companies. It helps young people aged between 18 and 25 from underprivileged neighbourhoods, to prepare for a post high-school work and study program through mentoring, company visits and 3-week work experiences in companies of the program.
During the program Ajmal received help in preparing for interviews, individual coaching, immersion with partner-companies and one week with the French Air Force.
The visit to the French Air Force was the most impressive part of the program for Ajmal: “I really loved it. I had the chance to try a flight simulator, and I saw the dog handler section on training, which was really impressive. I also made a lot of friends and discovered what team spirit meant along with young professional soldiers.”
Currently Ajmal is completing a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management through an apprenticeship program, and is a Project Chief Assistant at Derichebourg, a French company providing recycling and maintenance services.
“In the future, I would like to become a Project Chief, and after that I hope to become a CIO (Chief Information Officer). I learned a lot about team spirit, and it was really fun. The program helped me to be more organised in my search for an apprenticeship”, Ajmal concludes about his experience with the program.
(1) The Employment Mobility Sport program is part of the European Pact for Youth campaign, launched two years ago by CSR Europe and the European Commission in order to boost youth employability with business-education partnerships.
(2) FACE is a network of local associations and companies mobilised to fight against exclusion, discrimination and poverty.