ENGIE introduces children to energy jobs
Every Saturday, the ToekomstATELIERdelAvenir association introduces children aged between 10 and 14 from socioeconomically disadvantaged areas of the Brussels-Capital Region to jobs and the world of work. ENGIE employees take part in practical workshops.
ToekomstATELIERdelAvenir (TADA) is one of the Belgian associations supported by the ENGIE Foundation. Founded four years ago, this TADA, a 100% bilingual (NL/FR) organisation, aims to combat demotivation and despondency and encourage children to stay in school.
Its activities are geared towards children from schools and families in Brussels’ disadvantaged neighbourhoods, where TADA is taking on the important task of promoting integration.
150 children, dozens of jobs
150 children visit TADA every Saturday during the school year. The organisation gives them the opportunity to learn about different jobs through very practical lessons given by volunteer professionals who are passionate about their work, such as lawyers, nurses, artists, police officers, business leaders, engineers and journalists.
This ensures that the children are well acquainted with the world of work at a very early stage. The practical nature of the workshops also helps the children to develop skills that may prove useful at school, such as creativity, a sense of initiative, assertiveness and self-confidence. TADA wants to help these children to flourish and provide them with everything they need to make well-informed decisions about their future career.
40 ENGIE employees
ENGIE is not content to simply support TADA through the Foundation’s sponsorship, which is why ENGIE employees actively participate in the practical Saturday classes.
This year, 40 ENGIE employees will share their passion for their work and introduce the children to the wide range of jobs in the energy sector. Over four Saturdays between February and March 2017, the employees will familiarise the children with everyday energy, renewable energies and energy efficiency. A visit to the ENGIE Lab Laborelec research centre in Linkebeek is also planned.
TADA is a great initiative that is enjoying growing success. The organisation hopes to have welcomed 1,000 children in total by 2020!