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La Lyr community centre in Pantin, in the north of Paris, provides new opportunities for young people not in education, introducing them to artisan trades with a new information area, talks and workshop visits.
Named after the constellation of Lyra – crossing the sky and sparkling in reflected sunlight – Pantin’s La Lyr community centre ‘symbolises our determination to help young people develop, get access to information and equip themselves for working life in the future,’ explains director Ammessaad Azoug. The centre’s new ressourcerie will promote artisan trades to young people not in education. ‘Too many young people feel powerless about their career choices,’ says Ammessaad Azoug, ‘yet they know very little about the trades available on their doorstep. The resource centre, scheduled to open in September 2012, will help them find out about artisan skills and trades, and motivate them to develop their full potential.’ The centre will target younger (and older) people in the towns of Pantin, Pré-Saint-Gervais and Les Lilas.
On the ground floor of La Lyr community centre, the 100-m2 ressourcerie will feature information organised by trade, themed information packs and interactive multimedia stations. Professional advisers and social workers will organize talks, job-search support, artisan demonstrations and workshop visits. Counsellors at the centre will also engage in training. The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports the new space – and the Maison Revel, founded in 2008 – as part of its programme of corporate citizenship, promoting craft trades in the town of Pantin, home to the Hermès workshops.