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VINCI Autoroutes employees discover the Kairos subsidised workshop project

December 2017

Kaïros is a subsidised workshop that specialises in building Loire river barges as a way of giving new life to a means of transport mostly unknown to the region's modern inhabitants. As part of the sponsorship agreement signed with the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité, a meeting between the back-to-work employees and VINCI Autoroutes staff was duly organised in November this year.

In June 2016, the Kaïros subsidised workshop located in Montlivault near Blois, which designs and builds flat-bottomed Loire river barges, received a €12,000 grant from the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité.

The grant enabled it to buy professional woodworking machines (band saw, planer, jointer).

When the partnership was first set up, the nonprofit and Thierry Maillé, its sponsor, agreed to organise a meeting and discussion day for the back-to-work employees and VINCI Autoroutes staff employed in the Val-de-Loire District.

This meeting took place on 22 November 2017, with a morning in the centre of Blois devoted to motorway operations, organised around presentation of operational jobs, workplace and customer safety and human resources management.

After a shared lunch, a visit to the back-to-work project allowed VINCI Autoroutes employees to discover the two flat-bottomed barges complete with covered living area and suitable for river fishing that the nonprofit is currently building, and talk with the employees and their supervisors about construction of the boats and the challenges they face in building these unique vessels.

A day full of interesting exchanges and reciprocal discoveries.