Simplon.co: inclusion of refugees in digital technology training

During its first year of operation, FAIRE supported Simplon.co via a donation to the Welcode programme. Let’s take a look at this innovative social business that uses digital technology as a lever for inclusion for populations from underprivileged communities including refugees, who face difficulty finding a job.

Simplon.co, inclusive digital technology in Montreuil

Since 2014, Simplon.co has created a network of inclusive digital technology centres. The centres have one very simple goal: to uncover different kinds of talent (including people who dropped out of school, from disadvantaged neighbourhoods, etc.). These groups are often underrepresented in the digital technology sector and these centres allow them to gain skills to work in a sector that is in need of employees.

Simplon.co offers training that is not only 100% free but which was also, in 2016, the first training network to be awarded the label of “Grande Ecole du Numérique” by the French government. Every student has the opportunity to choose from the large selection of training programmes, which ranges from web and application development to artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

And the results are impressive! Today, Simplon.co has provided training for more than 6,000 people around the world thanks to its network of 97 centres. The positive exit rate is currently at 73%, as Simplon.co integrates introductions to companies as a key component of its programmes and also advocates for companies to recruit its recently qualified talent.

Three projects specific to the training and inclusion of refugees

Although Simplon.co offers training for the general public, it is also involved in refugee training, offering a range of courses in digital technology, adapted to their needs and coupled with French classes.

Simplon.co created the programme Welcode, financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), which not only offers intensive training with certification but also assistance in securing employment. Simplon.co offers its welcoders up to 270 hours of French classes on top of 840 hours of technical training. Since 2018, more than 100 refugees of 40 different nationalities have benefitted from this programme.

In addition, they also offer the Refugeeks programme, which comprises a six-week course to earn a qualification in foundational digital skills. Keep an eye out for news about this programme as the next recruitment session will begin soon!

Finally, Simplon.co is launching a project focused on Europe, called NewTalents4EU, with the aim of training refugees with digital skills.