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Virginie de Galzain’s documentary photography project for EPALE

minn Camille POIRAUD
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Document available also in: FR

The photographer Virginie de Galzain has lent her skills to EPALE as part of her collaboration with the EPALE France national support service.

This cooperative project has a number of objectives: to provide a pictorial record of the support process in training organisations and companies which provide employment placements for adults; to shine the spotlight on people on placements and those who support them; to present examples of successful practice which we must maintain over the long term. Above and beyond these aims, the project gives a human face to a reality and a right which affects us all and which is open to all, regardless of age, educational background or employment status. It is important to explain that when training is provided for someone, there is an impact on society as a whole (individuals, businesses, training providers...), and to show how the instructor and the learner work together to construct a strategy for bolstering the skills, knowledge, confidence and human relationships which people need to secure their future.

To reflect the rich and varied nature of existing schemes, Virginie de Galzain has produced documentary photography reports during visits to three companies: Langues Plurielles, Turbulences! and La Table de Cana. In a limited time, she has sensitively captured looks, conversations and snapshots of work situations which we do not normally see, to provide her interpretation of vocational support.

The texts and first-hand accounts written by the photographer add an extra dimension to the photos. It is an approach which seeks to provide information by acting as an intermediary, and to give prominence to the men and women who feature in these reports.

Report :  “Turbulences! A social link, a concrete utopia"



A unique and diverse place, Turbulences! combines art, culture, health and social services. A theatre company involved in both research and artistic creation, an ESAT (establishment providing care through employment) and an SAS (specialised adaptation section), Turbulences! offers training and/or employment opportunities for people whose developmental disabilities prevent them from integrating successfully into society. Singing, performing on the trapeze or as a clown, writing and multimedia, catering... just some of the employment opportunities on offer in this lively, caring, stimulating and surprising environment. All this know-how comes together to form a fully-fledged social, community-oriented and cultural enterprise.

Report : "Langues Plurielles": 


REPORTAGE : « LANGUES PLURIELLES LA FORMATION DES ADULTES : UN BIEN COMMUN » Entretien avec Anna Cattan, co-fondatrice et responsable pédagogique associée - Photographies et texte Virginie de Galzain

Forward-looking and dynamic, Langues Plurielles is a provider of vocational language training for adults. Its work is based on expertise and strong human values. Literacy and post-literacy, French as a foreign language, refresher courses, advanced courses... What issues are involved in vocational language training and what part does it play in creating a more egalitarian society? How should we support learners? And how can we work towards access to training for all?  Anna Cattan, co-founder of Langues Plurielles, associate training manager and instructor in Professional Competence in French, provides answers to these questions.

Report: “La Table de Cana in Gennevilliers: A high quality approach to workplace integration.”


Reportage : « La Table de Cana Gennevilliers : La qualité au service de l’insertion »

A committed and community-oriented caterer, function organiser and chocolatier, La Table de Cana in Gennevilliers has been a work integration social enterprise for over 20 years. A champion of lasting employment for all and responsible production and consumption, it trains and supports large numbers of beneficiaries every year: those who are least able to access the job market and who have to contend with frequent social emergencies. We talk to Jean Clément, a director at La Table de Cana, for whom people must be the focus of all current and future decisions.

EPALE France owes Virginie de Galzain a huge thank you for this wonderful work, her compassionate insight, and all the consideration she showed to the stakeholders she met. 

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