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14/03/2011 | Paris – 14 March 2011

PSA Peugeot Citroën’s Youth Employment Policy: A Commitment that Produces Results

PSA Peugeot Citroën is pursuing its ambitious programme of providing young people with in-company experience.
In 2011, some 5,300 young people in France will take part in the programme, of which 2,600 through work-study agreements.

The programme is designed to maintain a well-balanced age pyramid and prepare for a generational transition while ensuring the transfer of knowledge and expertise. To this end, the themes of youth employment and jobs for
older employees are interrelated rather than treated as special cases. Agreements signed with union representatives call for older employees to support young people taken on through work-study agreements.

This policy also responds to the social and societal challenge of giving young people real future prospects and workplace experience by enabling them to discover auto industry professions first-hand as well as the values of a
large manufacturer like PSA Peugeot Citroën.

The programme, which received a unanimously favourable opinion from labour unions, involves:

  • 2,000 apprentices.
  • 600 youth under skills-acquisition contracts, in such areas as sales and manufacturing.
  • 2,500 interns in all fields, including technical and manufacturing processes, sales and marketing, and administrative and clerical functions.
  • 200 volunteers under VIE co-op placements.

Thanks to the Group's commitment to supporting apprenticeship initiatives, introduced two years ago, apprentices now account for 3% of the workforce, compared with 2.4% in 2009.

With the upswing in business activity, PSA Peugeot Citroën has relaunched its hiring policy with 2,700 people in France signing permanent contracts in 2010. This figure will increase to 4,000 in 2011. In this new environment,
work-study schemes represent a gateway to sustainable employment and provide an important pool of young people for possible hiring under permanent contracts. As a result, the number of work-study programme
participants hired by the Group will double by 2012.

To enable this gateway to employment to operate smoothly, PSA Peugeot Citroën is integrating its work-study initiatives into an overall policy of managing jobs and skills within the enterprise. Work-study contracts are aligned
with “critical skills needs” forecasts prepared by the Job Families/Professions team.


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