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.