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Volunteers are aged between 18 and 28, have a strong desire to succeed abroad and have a diploma or degree under their belt. 92% of V.I.E. volunteers already have five years of higher education. Always keen to share their thoughts on the subject, these young professionals describes their experience as "a professional springboard". As the hiring rate at the end of a V.I.E. assignment is almost 70%, according to Business France, it’s a highly sought-after scheme. This "little miracle" has a name: it’s called the V.I.E (International Business Volunteers) program!
Created by the French Law of 14 March 2000, this contract allows graduates who are nationals of the European Economic Area or Monaco up to 28 years of age to carry out a mission on behalf of a French company for a period of 6 to 24 months. Everything is ready on arrival: young graduates benefit from appropriate social security coverage, and sometimes even housing. V.I.E.s receive a fixed allowance plus a variable allowance depending on the country. But what motivates students most is that the V.I.E. offers the opportunity to take on a truly operational mission.
"As part of a project to build a factory in Vietnam, I was able to follow the production equipment purchasing process from A to Z," recalls Anthony Castaing, V.I.E. volunteer at Saint-Gobain in the United Kingdom. With five other V.I.E.(1) volunteers he was selected by the jury of the first Saint-Gobain Grand Prix for Young V.I.E. Talents.
Throughout his assignment, Anthony Castaing benefited from personal supervision. This tailor-made support, sometimes provided by a Group employee who is himself a former V.I.E., facilitates the integration of young professionals while enabling them to acquire a real corporate culture.
An incredible springboard to employment, V.I.E. is attracting more and more young people concerned about their professional future and who wish to work in a stimulating environment. In five years, more than 300 V.I.E. assignments have been carried out at Saint-Gobain in the 44 countries where the Group operates, and the number of beneficiaries has almost tripled since 2013!
(1) Diane Maffre, Chiara Spinelli, Thomas Malnoë, Maxime Le Rall, Xavier Gaudin.
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