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Union Rempart

Architectural projects offer vital work experience

Union Rempart offers young people in difficulty the chance to develop professional skills as volunteers on a range of architectural restoration projects, highlighting the heritage sector’s unique range of opportunities and skills, for a new start in life.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Union Rempart
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Union Rempart combines the chance to acquire new skills in the heritage sector, with practical experience of daily working life in the building industry. Each project is open to volunteers, including young people aged 18 to 25 from the Ile de France region, who are no longer in education or employment or experiencing family difficulties and social problems. After an introductory session and a ‘discovery’ day on-site, young volunteers register to work on any Union Rempart project, for two to three weeks.

Supervised by skilled artisans, each site offers young volunteers an escape from the isolation of unemployment, a chance to collaborate with others and the experience of daily work, learning traditional techniques from skilled professionals as part of a team drawn from all walks of life. At the end of each session, volunteers receive a booklet highlighting the transferable skills they have acquired. The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has supported Union Rempart since 2012, as part of its programme of activities to provide fresh opportunities for young people in difficulty.

Founded in France in 1966, Union Rempart is a federation of 170 not-for-profit associations operating at the local and regional level to safeguard heritage sites and promote social cohesion. Officially recognised for its conservation work and public interest, the Union carries out restoration work and organises visitor activities at a wide range of sites, promoting local development and the teaching of traditional building and renovation techniques.

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