Below you will find detailed information about the work between TotalEnergies Foundation and its stakeholders in the educational community, particularly its support for the development of pre- and post-high school training in France and abroad and the educational initiatives undertaken by TotalEnergies Foundation and other Group entities.
On its educational platform, Planète Énergies has a created a dedicated area for elementary and high school teachers, with the aim of fostering interactive discussion of energy issues. Teaching professionals can also find free learning materials (kits, games, presentations, etc.), open day events and contests.
Planète Énergies Initiatives
An Open Access Website
New content is posted regularly and highlighted on the homepage. The website includes several different types of media:
- Feature reports
- Op-ed articles
The homepage is regularly updated in order to constantly have new content to offer.
Advantages of the Teachers’ Corner
Planète Energies offers teachers a variety of free materials to help their students find their way in the new world of energy, environment and climate:
- Teaching resources on energy
- Classroom lectures from cycle 9 to 18 in France
- Regional educational actions in France
Free Classroom Presentations to Better Understand Energies
Planète Énergies organizes educational energy presentations for French schools. Available in three formats (elementary, middle school and high school), they provide students aged 9 to 18 with the keys to understanding the full spectrum of energy-related topics.
The presentations are tailored to school curricula and the topics covered vary based on the students’ level:
- Elementary school (9 to 11): fossil fuels, renewable energies and an introduction to sustainable developmentThis term was first defined in the Brundtland Report, published in 1987, as “development that meets the needs of the present without...
- Middle school (11 to 16): fossil fuels, with a focus on oil and gas fields, renewable energies and sustainable development
- High school (13 to 18): the energy mixThe range of energy sources of a region. and sustainable development
Any teacher who wishes to request a presentation in their classroom can complete the form available in the teachers’ corner on the Planète Énergies website, in the “Classroom Presentations” section.
The Planète Énergies Stand and the Energy Wheel
The immersive educational stand offers a “Trip Through the World of Energy” presenting the life cycle of fossil fuels and renewables.
Inside: Visitors can learn about sedimentation, oil and gas production, coalCoal is ranked by its degree of transformation or maturity, increasing in carbon content from... extraction, geothermalDescribes the technology used to tap subsurface heat to produce energy... energy and uraniumGray, very dense radioactive metal that is relatively abundant in the Earth's crust and oceans in the form of UO2... .
Outside: Focus on renewable energyEnergy sources that are naturally replenished so quickly that they can be considered inexhaustible on a human time scale... and the use of energy in everyday life.
Alongside the “Trip Through the World of Energy”, the “Energy Wheel” offers visitors the opportunity to test their energy knowledge.
These learning materials can be used at local events such as participation in the science festival at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie.
History of Planète Energies
Planète Energies has participated in many events in order to be closer to teachers and their students. Here are some examples of events in which Planète Energie has participated:
- Science festival - Cité des sciences et de l'industrie - every year: Planète Energies stand, energy wheel, activities and mini-conferences for primary, secondary and high school students.
- Savante Banlieue - Villetaneuse - 8 and 9 October 2020: mini-conferences were held on the theme of renewable energy.
- 13th edition of the Geosciences Olympiad - from March 21st to April 4th 2019 : Planète Energies was a partner of this 13th edition open to high school students in the framework of the International Year of Planet Earth.
- Scientilivre - Toulouse - 17 and 18 October 2015 : Planète Energies stand.
From 24 September 2018 to 5 June 2019 inclusive, Planète Énergies in collaboration with Éditions Nathan, organised the competition "Planète Energies Bac Pro - Designing a project around new energies".
This competition offered to financially support 2 renovation or improvement projects for housing, workshops or technical premises, which would reduce the cost of energy consumption. This funding concerned the projects of the 2 winning teams up to €10,000 and €12,000. Gift vouchers were also up for grabs for the 6 finalist teams.
TotalEnergies Foundation encompasses citizenship initiatives carried out every day around the world by TotalEnergies’s sites, affiliates and corporate foundation.
Through this global program, the Group aims to contribute to the growth of its host communities and regions, alongside its partners.
With a special focus on young people, the program undertakes initiatives in four priority areas:
Youth Inclusion and Education
Given today’s difficult economic environment, youth inclusion is a real challenge. Increasingly more young people are finding themselves in at-risk situations across continents worldwide.
TotalEnergies Foundation encourages young people from socially vulnerable backgrounds to become more autonomous, enabling them to take control of their future, participate in local economic life and find their place in society. Working in partnership with schools, nonprofits and companies located in our host regions, we develop training programs to foster entrepreneurship and initiatives to support personal development and academic success.
Three Drivers to Facilitate the Success of Young People
Tangible results can only be achieved by working together with educational and social stakeholders. For this reason, we work in partnership with other companies, sports associations and schools that offer original approaches, in order to:
- Foster academic success and soft skills, as self-confidence and an understanding of appropriate social and professional behavior are springboards to opportunities for young people.
- Promote access to general and vocational training, especially in industrial disciplines.
- Support entrepreneurship through assistance for business creation and social innovation.
Other Initiatives to Support Youth Inclusion and Education
100 PRODUCTION SCHOOLS FOR FRANCE
Left behind by the traditional schooling system, some young people give up hope and lose confidence. However, thanks to Production Schools and their “learning by doing” approach, they can regain a desire to learn. Classes cover a wide range of fields such as cooking, locksmithing, carpentry and software development, opening the door to a job and a new future. The private nonprofit institutions prepare young people for vocational qualifications using an innovative educational model based on real-life situations and genuine customers, both individuals and manufacturers. During the program, the students not only acquire practical know-how but also develop a sense of responsibility and confidence. The results are convincing, with 100% of students finding a job or undertaking further study after finishing the program. We have pledged to provide the French National Federation of Production Schools (FNEP) with €60 million in financial support over ten years, in order to increase the number of Production Schools to 100, or one per département. Eventually, close to 2,000 young people will graduate from Production Schools every year.
SUPPORTING EARLY SCHOOL LEAVERS
Today, one in six students in France leaves school with no qualifications, resulting in a pool of wasted talent that fuels social vulnerability. In response, United Way-L’Alliance, a joint philanthropy project, aims to provide long-term support to 15,000 young people in some fifty priority middle schools, with a view to helping them enter the workforce by 2020. To do this, it brings together established local stakeholders such as nonprofits, companies and local governments to offer early school leavers tailor-made solutions, with employees volunteering as tutors and nonprofits providing the framework. To successfully integrate into the community and the world of work, young people need to develop both their technical know-how and their soft skills. Providing them with the keys to do this means creating the conditions for them to take control of their professional future. TotalEnergies Foundation is a committed member of United Way-L’Alliance, in partnership with some 20 companies and the French Ministry of Education. Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TotalEnergies, has been appointed Chairman of the project to encourage more French companies to get involved.
Created in July 2001, Total Professeurs Associés (TPA) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to build bridges between the oil industry and universities and other postgraduate institutions through technical and business lectures given by professors and experts.
Member professors are working or retired TotalEnergies employees who lecture in their field of expertise. Together, they cover all the technical and non-technical areas that a large international group can encompass. A regularly updated list of courses and professors is available on the website.
In Europe, engineering and business schools and universities that are interested in one or more of the lectures offered approach TPA with their request. The association approves the request and puts the relevant member professor in touch with the interested school or university. They agree on course dates, content, prerequisites and audience level and, where applicable, any compensation.
TPA can cover member professors’ travel expenses, but does not charge for its services. The association also handles teaching logistics (CDs, printouts, etc.).
All TPA courses outside Europe are organized via the appropriate Total Group affiliate.
The industry sector is recruiting and is constantly looking for a new young and qualified workforce. At the same time, in 2019, nearly 20% of young people under 25 are unemployed (source: INSEE). To remedy this contradiction, TotalEnergies Foundation has created L'Industreet, the campus for the industry of the future, which will open at the end of 2020. The site, located in Stains, in the Seine-Saint-Denis region, welcomes 400 young people between the ages of 18 and 30, with or without qualifications, from all social and cultural backgrounds and from different regions of France. The young people choose from a range of training courses lasting 12 to 18 months, divided into 5 branches and 10 highly employable occupations of the future. Based on alternative teaching methods and immersive experiences in companies, these courses are adapted to the needs of each individual and are all certifiable. TotalEnergies Foundation aims to give young people with no qualifications or who are looking for their own path the means to progress, to surpass themselves and to succeed in their professional project.