Equipped for working life: how digital technology has enabled them to bounce back

Why should you bother training up on technologies if you are not going to work as an engineer or programmer? Because we live in a world in which, whatever your profession, age or background, digital technology is present one way or another. Orange.com headed out to meet three people convinced that incorporating digital technology into training prepares people to play an active role in tomorrow’s world.

“I discovered that I was good with new technologies”, Léo

Léo, 19, dropped out of school in his third year of high school  because he felt that studying was not for him. Following a vocational training certificate in baking and a few years of doubts, he was directed by a local mission to the Solidarity FabLab at IUT de Bordeaux.
Solidarity FabLabs are laboratories that work with young people who have dropped out of school or work life to raise their awareness of new technologies and enable them to gain new skills.
“I discovered that I was good with my hands and I was good with new technologies. There, for two hours a day, we can learn about IT, get to know new technologies like 3D printing or laser cutting, and carry out projects. By sharing our experiences, we can make progress and enable everyone to achieve their projects”. Léo now works as a scientific coordinator and designer in the FabLab where his new life began.

“I have regained confidence in myself”, Janet

She talks about it like a fresh start. Janet, an unemployed young woman, did not know where to start. “Computers were not my strong point, and without any basic knowledge, it was difficult to find a job”.
Janet got in touch with the charity Initiatives au Féminin , which enabled her to take part in workshops with the Digital Center in Rennes. “I have learned to use Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and I have prepared myself for interviews with Skype. I have regained courage and confidence in myself thanks to these workshops”. Janet was hired as a receptionist six months ago. IT, which was previously an obstacle for her, is now part of her day-to-day life.

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“Helping tomorrow’s entrepreneurs”, Clément

At a time when the average age of getting your first permanent contract is up to 27 years old, many young people, inspired by the success stories of digital startups, are throwing themselves into entrepreneurial ventures and looking to develop their ideas. 
Clément, a teacher at EM Lyon, has created CODDAPS, the first MOOC on how to code mobile applications for entrepreneurs. “The MOOC is aimed primarily at a young, international audience”, he explains. “They are mainly professionals who want to gain basic coding knowledge so they can communicate better with developers, manipulate data efficiently or design prototype apps themselves”.
Open to everyone, the MOOC enables these future entrepreneurs to conceive their service or application from a more concrete perspective. In the digital sector, entrepreneurs need to be agile and have a range of skill sets.

Orange and digital training

Convinced that digital technology is an outstanding enabler for personal and professional development, Orange is funding international projects that are promoting digital-based learning in various regions around the world, contributing to their local development, such as Spain, with the Sé digital Sé digital program, or Madagascar, with the opening of the l’Orange Business School.
By promoting new forms of learning and distance learning, digital technology also provides valuable help for people in difficulty by offering them a second chance. That is why the Orange Foundation is supporting digital education programs in France and around the world for young people who have dropped out of conventional education systems and the world of work in Solidarity FabLabs as well as unqualified and unemployed women in Digital Centres.