Solidarity projects no longer have borders!
On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Inès and Julien, top of their class in the Shanghai Young Bakers training course in baking and pastry-making for disadvantaged Chinese youngsters, arrived in France. They are going to follow a 2-month intensive French-language course and in September will start a Professional Qualification Certificate (CAP) course at the French School of Bakery and Pastry-making in Aurillac. On returning to China, they will become teachers for the SYB course and will train over 100 new students in the art of French baking and pastry-making. Solidarity Accor supports this professional insertion programme since 2013.
Inès and Julien began their stay by visiting the Sofitel Scribe hotel in the Opera district of Paris. Accompanied by Cécile Cavoizy, Head of the SYB programme, and Armelle Mougenot, Solidarity Accor project manager, they were invited to the Scribe hotel to learn about the history and running of this historical establishment which hosted, among other events, the presentation of the cinematograph by the Lumière brothers in 1895! Warmly welcomed by Audrey Bièche, Guest Relation Officer, Inès and Julien showed considerable interest in touring the guest rooms, restaurant, spa, exhibition gallery, etc. They were particularly impressed by the design and originality of the pastries on offer in the tea room. Inès, who had done an internship at Sofitel Hyland in Shanghai, was pleased to be able to visit a Parisian Sofitel.