L'Outil en main

Transmitting the skills of carpentry (Seine Maritime) © DR
Transmitting the skills of carpentry (Seine-Maritime) © DR
Transmitting the skills of book-binding (Aube) © DR
Transmitting the skills of book-binding (Aube) © DR
Transmitting a love for manual skills. Raising appreciation of artisan trades. L’Outil en main is a union of associations working throughout France to introduce young people to manual trades, thanks to the voluntary commitment of retired artisans. The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès proudly supports these actions, which resonate fully with its own values.

Introducing young people in France between the ages of 9 and 14 to artisan trades. This was the founding mission that the Union des associations l’Outil en main set for itself when it was first formed back in 1987, in the city of Troyes. Nowadays that mission is being enacted by nearly 135 not-for-profit associations, working all across France. Weekly after-school workshops are organised in towns and villages throughout the country, led by experienced tilers, carpenters, roofers, builders, metal-workers, mosaicists, plumbers and more.

These weekly inter-generational meetings between young people and retired professionals serve as a platform for the transmission of artisanal skills, for the unearthing of new talents, and maybe even for the discovery of future vocations. All while encouraging the fulfillment of potential, the strengthening of social bonds and the sharing of values. A project that the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has supported since 2015, a part of its wider commitment in favour of the transmission and appreciation of artisan skills.

 

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A mission set by the Union des associations L’Outil en main in Troyes in 1987.
Weekly after-school workshops, organised in towns and villages throughout the country and led by experienced tradesmen.
Weekly inter-generational meetings between young people and retired professionals.