Apprentis d'Auteuil (AA) has been committed for nearly 150 years to helping young people in difficulty, regardless of their origin, in France and for more than twenty years in other parts of the world. Apprentis d'Auteuil works for access to quality education and training that enables everyone, here and elsewhere, to integrate into society as free and responsible adults. Internationally, the Foundation chooses to work in partnership with organizations that share the same values and work for young people in difficulty/troubled youth. It aims to foster the autonomy of the partner by promoting lasting relationships of cooperation and dialogue. Apprentis d'Auteuil has forged links with partners in South-East Asia such as the Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement (IECD), which implements or supports professional integration projects for vulnerable youth, which provide quality technical training to enable them to integrate professional.
Since 2002, IECD has been supporting in South-East Asia the development of a number of schools and vocational training centers, which offer training in the hospitality and catering industry with the aim to support students in finding sustainable employment.
Through this experience in South-East Asia, IECD could develop extensive knowledge of the challenges commonly faced by these schools. This encouraged IECD to create in 2016 a regional network for mutual assistance, the ASSET-H&C network (Association of South-East Asian Social Enterprises for training in Hospitality and Catering). The Association currently integrates 12member schools, located in 4 countries in South-East Asia. By allowing members to share experiences, pool resources, promote good practices, it ultimately improves the results of each school. Each year, through ASSET-H&C members, more than 2,000 underprivileged young people and adults benefit from quality training, leading to successful social and professional integration.