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La Table de Cana Marseille

Field of intervention
Vocational training
Supported organization
La Table de Cana Marseille
Country and localization
France, Marseille
Supported people
24 women coming from Marseille’s northern neighbourhoods
Project helped in
2015 - 2016
Amount of the support
45,000 euros

“Des Etoiles et des Femmes”: 12 women from Marseille’s northern neighbourhoods receive training in high-end hospitality

The Table de Cana Marseille, created in 1992, is the largest company in southern France’s PACA region helping the long-term unemployed find hospitality work. Since it was created, it has helped more than 1000 people find employment by training them in a dozen different professions, including cooks, pastry chefs, warehouse workers, delivery drivers and secretaries.

AccorHotels employees in Marseille (chefs, HR personnel and the Regional Employment Representative) and La Table de Cana decided to develop a training programme for high-end hospitality services exclusively for women from the city’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Each of the chefs from five hotels (Dominique Frérard of the Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, Isabelle Alexandre of the Pullman Marseille Palm Beach, Xavier Leleux of the Pullman Marseille Provence, Thomas Roret of the Grand Hôtel du Roi René (MGallery) - only for the 2015 edition, Nicolas Brenier of the MAMA Shelter) involved in the project is a mentor to a participant who works in their kitchens through work-linked training.

In 2015 and 2016, Solidarity AccorHotels backed the creation of this training programme by sharing the costs related to the follow-up and coaching of the participants in addition to their classroom training.


Discover the video "We are Women", presenting Hafidha who is following the "Des Etoiles et des Femmes" vocational training. 

The project holder
Sylvie Guerville
Regional Recruitment Manager & Working Conditions Manager, South

I supported the "Des Etoiles et des Femmes" project from the moment it was presented in early 2015. I found it to be ground-breaking for the region, because it allows motivated women passionate about cooking to benefit from the advice of our Chefs in the Marseille area.