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The Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode (MMMM) had been asked by the Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône (CD13) to use its expertise and network to help propose an innovative project for jobseekers who receive the in-work welfare benefit called the 'Revenu de solidarité active (RSA)', and who are passionate about fashion.

The mission of the project 'Job Mode in Provence' (Fashion Jobs in Provence) was to increase awareness and understanding of the different fashion trades available, and to create favorable conditions for integration into the workplace.

The targeted public were very much in favour of this unusual approach, with more than 100 candidates wanting to participate.

A panel of Fashion professionals and representatives from young and established fashion companies played host to the participants on 13 October at the Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Council's unique 'Job Accelerator' unit. Among the fashion companies present were the Groupe GarellaKulteOccidente13 à l’aiseEspigas, as well as production workshops including 13 Atipik, and training centres including the Lycée Saint-Louis secondary school which provides training courses in fashion, and the local Job Centre.

Gérard Gazay, the Vice President of the CD13, opened this first day-event concentrating on integration, by thanking the participants and speakers for coming in such large numbers.

The day included presentations of career opportunities, workshops, one-on-one meetings and advice sessions, experience feedback, and masterclasses. The schedule and planning was well thought out and efficient, with the professionals from the industry exchanging ideas and talking to each participant.

Discover our exclusive coverage of the main speakers by clicking on the names below:
- Matthieu Gamet (President, MMMM)
- Pascale Akiki (General Manager, MMMM)
- Jean-Brice Garella (CEO, The Garella Group)
- Badice Benarbia (Fashion designer and creator of '13 à l'Aise')

For feedback images of the event, see below.

©Babette Pauthier

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