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La Table de Cana Marseille and Montpellier

Field of intervention
Vocational training
Supported organization
La Table de Cana Marseille and Montpellier
Country and localization
France, Marseille and Montpellier
Supported people
48 women coming from deprived neighbourhoods
Project helped in
2015 - 2016 - 2017
Amount of the support
69,000 euros

“Des Etoiles et des Femmes”: women from deprived 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.

In 2017, Solidarity AccorHotels and the Group’s teams are renewing their support for the programme in Marseille as well and aiding the extension of the project to Montpellier, with three new AccorHotels chefs participating (Pullman Montpellier Centre, Mercure Centre Comédie and Mercure Grande Motte).


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


Project Holders:

M. TomiMireille Tomi, Executive Assistant, Destinations Sales

"I commited to this project given that it brings together many strong values and dimensions. Firstly the Human aspect: the program is dedicated to vulnerables women, facing difficulties to enter the labour market. On a solidarity aspect, as La Table de Cana is the project's facilitator, proposing customized support (follow up, professional integration advice, child care, mobility solutions...). And finally, on an economic aspect, as the catering sector offers many job opportunities. I am very proud to  support this vocationnal program and I am very happy to support the women of the program by sharing my personnal and professional experience with them!"


L. AllardLaurent Allard, Talent & Culture manager, Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port

"Supporting the program Des Etoiles et des Femmes is a very instructive experience and it gives a strong meaning to our profession. It is all about sharing experience and skills, a collaborative work that brings many actors and institutions together (local communities, associations, schools, companies…). I am fully convinced that it is important to develop local actions to support social issues resolution."