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L’Outil en main

Introducing children to artisan skills

How best to foster respect for artisan trades in the next generation? Across France, the not-for-profit federation L’Outil en main introduces young people to manual skills, working with a volunteer network of retired artisans.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - L’Outil en main
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The organisation aims to raise the status of artisanship by helping young people aged 9 to 14 to consider artisan careers. Launched in Troyes in 1987, the project involves almost 135 not-for-profit associations today, working across mainland France. Weekly after-school workshops are organized by professional artisans, sharing their expertise as tilers, carpenters, roofers, builders, metal-workers, mosaicists, plumbers and more. 

Children benefit greatly from the opportunity to work with their hands, discovering new talents and perhaps even a future career. Retired volunteers work with young participants, forging social links and sharing their professional and personal values across the generation gap.

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports L’Outil en main as part of our wider commitment to projects promoting the transmission of artisan skills to future generations. 

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