Created in 2005 by Martin Bouygues, the Foundation that bears the name of the Group’s founder offers financial and moral support to young students in financial difficulty. Promising young people who dream of becoming teachers, engineers, stylists or even researchers. Every year around 100 students are selected to receive high-achiever grants ranging from €1,500 to €5,000 a year, which is often in addition to the aid granted by the government. As well as this financial support, they receive individual assistance for their entire higher education (up to five years) from a mentor, who is either a Group employee or a former beneficiary of the Foundation.
The mentor’s role is to support grant-holders throughout their studies, offer encouragement and advice on possible career paths, and to provide an understanding of company culture so as to build a solid foundation for the student’s first steps into the world of work. Mentors and grant holders are paired up based on shared interests, similar educational paths or geographic proximity They meet several times a year and are in regular contact by email, video call or telephone. Each relationship is unique and built over time. Mentors are motivated by a desire to be socially useful, and see the experience as a source of personal enrichment. The fact that many employees sign up again to be mentors, once a cycle has come to an end, is proof of this.p>