For more than 20 years, Thales has actively promoted recruitment and career development of people with disabilities.
Our Mission Insertion integration unit
maintains is permanently in contact with public institutions, government agencies, non-profit structures, teaching and training establishments and association networks. of associations. It also works to forge inter-company partnerships to enhance employment opportunities for disabled people.
Reflecting our commitment to diversity, we renewed the Group-wide agreement in 2014 that will run through to 2017 with all the trade union organisations represented at Thales.
Our key commitments:
Recruitment and employment
We will accelerate hiring and replace departing retirees. Our target is to recruit 120 disabled employees, 38 work-study students and 246 interns by 2017. We actively support employees with disabilities through a range of actions, such as:
- Tailoring positions and working hours
- Enabling teleworking where required
- Helping with transport and the purchase and fitting out of personal vehicles
- Supporting the transition from protected employment to ordinary employment
Thales is consolidating and developing new cooperation, mentoring and tutoring agreements with professional reintegration centres and universities near our facilities, including the universities of Brest, Lille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice Sophia-Antipolis and Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris.
Technologies to help disabled employees
Since 2012, we have opened our e-learning modules to the visually, hearing or motor impaired, which is a first in Europe.
This initiative, the result of a cooperation agreement between Thales, Pierre et Marie Curie University and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, aims to provide all disabled employees with the same personal and career development resources as their colleagues, by giving them access to the full range of training modules offered by Thales’s in-house university.
For example, we provide visually impaired and hard-of-hearing employees with a range of tools developed using Thales technologies, such as Eyeschool and Tadeo.
Awareness and support
Thales also encourages and supports employees who help people with disabilities outside of work in the area of disability awareness. For example, employees who devote time to non-profit associations assisting disabled people can apply for two days of annual leave.
We also take account of the family context of our employees by adapting the working hours or work organisation of parents with disabled children, as well as providing financial help for their education.