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A door wide open for youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods

Information updated on 21/01/19

Since it was founded, the Montpellier company Passe has been helping young people with employment challenges. Passe now steps up to the next level with the Companies and Neighborhoods Charter.

PNathalie Berlier et l’équipe de Passe

Nathalie Berlier and the Passe team

Passe’s slogan could be “small company, big dreams for social inclusion.” Specialized in locksmithing, metalwork, automation, and accessibility for buildings, Passe was founded in May 2017 by Davi Domergue and Nathalie Berlier, then joined by Pierre Devanne in 2018.  The company has already hired five young people from various Montpellier neighborhoods, including La Mosson, with professionalization, apprenticeship, and open-ended work contracts. 

Thanks to Montpellier Métropole, we have access to a workshop and offices at a very reasonable rate, ideally located just 500 meters from the Apprentice Training Center (Centre de formation des apprentis) in the Parc 2000 business park,” highlights Nathalie Berliner. She summarizes her recruitment policy: “Everyone gets a chance if they are motivated!

It is a question of mutual assistance values that are specific to the building sector, as well as open-mindedness:

It is not easy for someone named Mohamed to get an internship when they live in Montpellier’s  challenging La Paillade area. But it is really important to give those young people hope, as they are full of energy and ideas.

Supporting project leaders

Passe signed the Companies and Neighborhoods Charter to further confirm its commitment. The charter seeks to create ties between residents in underprivileged neighborhoods and the entrepreneurial world. The company benefits from access to a network managed by Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole and French authorities, with assistance from Face Hérault – the Act Against Exclusion Foundation (Fondation Agir Contre l’Exclusion) – which helps carry out new actions. Plans include internship opportunities for middle-school students, open-door events, and professional placement with the Pôle Emploi employment agency.

We also want to support project leaders from those neighborhoods,” says Nathalie Berliner.

With a focus on keeping her company growing, she hopes to continue making “interesting encounters” thanks to inclusion opportunities.

Receiving an isolated foreign minor for an internship requires some effort in terms of communication and tolerance. But it is also a way for us to build team spirit.” That of a winning team. “Unemployment does not exist for someone with a vocational degree in metalwork. Especially in the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole area, with its numerous construction activities!

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