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Jean marc hetsch president of europen pen international jmh@euroentent net

Jean-Marc HETSCHPresident of EUROPEN - PEN International

Presentation of the French Practice Enterprises Network

The practice enterprises network in france key facts
The practice enterprises Networkin France – Key facts

  • 21 years existence and engineering on the concept

  • 354 structures created, 119 active today

  • 450 trainers, more than 7000 students per year

  • 65% average job return rate

  • A market of 22 million Euro yearly turnover mainly public funds

1989 introduction of the concept in france
1989 introduction of the concept in France

  • Creation of the first Practice Enterprise : Horus France

  • In a vocational training center

  • Retraining unemployed adults

  • Creation of the central office and its first services

1990 setting up of a network
1990 setting up of a network

  • Growing of the network, setting up 10 Practice firms for adults in vocational training center

  • Special focus on retraining employees from army industry, textile industry… coming out from big companies : GiatIndustrie, Moulinex, Matra, Myrys, France Telecom…

  • Training also executives

Since 1993 pf for handworkers
Since 1993 PF for Handworkers

  • Adaptation of the concept for coaching handworkers and small company creators in partnership with Guild Chambers and Commerce Chambers

  • Training of handworkers’ spouses

Since 1995 pf for prisoners
Since 1995 PF for prisoners

  • 2 kind of trainees

    • Charged waiting for judgment

    • Inmates near the end of their custody starting a reinsertion process

  • The practice enterprise is a time of social reinsertion project constructionallowing sometimes a reduction of sentence or a conditional freedom

Since 1999 pf in schools
Since 1999 PF in schools

  • In initial education to discover the Enterprise

  • In technical schools to practice the acquired skills in situation and to create a link between school and real economy for technicians qualifying for university entrance

Economy award
Economy award

  • The PF concept gets Economy award “Enjeux - Les Echos” for the retraining of employees of France Telecom

2003 pe in universities
2003 PE in universities

  • First universitityPractice Enterprise : Valupack in the university of Valencienne

  • Idea: make the masters’ curriculum more practical and near to business realities

2005 2006 youngsters and urban priority zones
2005-2006 youngsters and urban priority zones

  • Severe trouble in many suburbs and urban zones leading to special politic in favor of youngsters’ professional insertion

  • The Practice Enterprise becomes a “meeting point” with strong social interaction and help for Job research

2005 2006 pf in hospital
2005-2006 PF in hospital

  • Experiencing the Practice Enterprise concept for young teenagers staying long periods in hospital

  • This experience has been sponsored by Hewlett-Packard

2006 2008

  • Training military for the second part of their career coaching them to civil reconversion

    • Officers -> executives

    • NCO -> technicians

  • Training school teachers experiencing a dropout helping them to find a new job

Since 2009 pf for self entrepreuneur
Since 2009 PF for self-entrepreuneur

  • Enterprise creator coaching and training, especially for self businessmen

  • Development of a new Enterprise model: Online Company

Typology of the network target groups
Typology of the network : Target groups

  • Unemployed youngsters and adults

  • Employees in further education

  • People in retraining process

  • Independent workers

  • Company creators and on-job executives

  • Handworkers spouses

  • Students (all level)

  • Youngsters out of school system

  • Disabled people

  • Prisoners

  • Migrant populations

Most of the necessary economical actors are simulated by practice enterprises
Most of the necessary economical actors are simulated by practice enterprises

  • Packaging

  • Transport

  • Insurance

  • Office Furniture

  • Copy machines

  • Water provider

  • Electricity provider

  • Real estate

  • Bookkeeping

  • Phone provider

  • Pension funds collecting

  • Training of employees

  • Working clothes and material

  • Security

  • Cleaning & maintenance

  • Interim personal

  • Car sales & rental

Overseas territories
Overseas Territories

  • The practice firms in Reunion Island, Antilles and French Guyana have been set up to maintain the socio-economical link between these territories and the metropolitan market

Practice enterprise typology
Practice enterprise typology

  • Working full time 35 hours a week

  • Individualizedand modularizedlearning path

  • Permanent entries

  • Permanent office architecture

Trade fairs
Trade fairs

  • To make more fairs in a year, trade faire are often regional

  • Over 1 or 2 days

  • Financially easier for each institution

  • Open to any practice enterprise who wants to take part

Central office 4 full time employee
Central Office – 4 full time employee

Jean-Marc HETSCH

Agathe ZAKI


Estelle BAEHR

15 services



15 Services

Pedagogical Trade Fairs

Legal department

Accountant service (financial bookkeeping legal and social aspects)


Quality audits

Correspondence Firms

Work healthcareservice





Job researchtechniques

Tax Office






Iso certification
ISO Certification

Training to

  • Quality awareness,

  • Quality processes,

  • Quality Management

    The central office is ISO 9001 v2008 certified

Trainers training
Trainers training

  • Discovery of the concept

  • Practice Enterprise Methodology

  • Pedagogical tools and methods

  • Technical trainings

    • Emailing

    • Web site creation

    • Programming…

Technological developments
Technological developments

  • Software developments for practice enterprises

  • Software developments for central offices

  • Web Applications & Webservices developments

  • International software architecture engineering and advising

Passed mentorships
Passed mentorships

  • Switzerland

  • Belgium

  • Italy

  • Portugal

  • Bulgaria

  • Canada

European funded engineering programs
European funded engineering programs

  • Production Practice Firms

  • Online Virtual market place

  • Practice firms in prisons

  • Online Practice firms for self-entrepreneurs

  • Practice firms with international learning path (learning place alternation)

  • International mobility projects

  • Europen Minimum Quality Criteria

  • E-Tutors training

A special demand
A special demand

  • Each French Practice firm has to make 20% turnover with international partners

  • Can French practice enterprises increase trade with polish practice enterprises ??