It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to TRAJECTIO Project Manager Martine Canu, who is leaving this month to enjoy a well-earned retirement. Martine has been a prominent figure over the course of the project, helping to drive PONToon towards its goals with her unyielding enthusiasm and invaluable experience in training and employment programmes and other EU projects. Read on below for a few words from Martine about her time spent with PONToon, and the joys, woes, opportunities and cross-border benefits of EU-funded programmes.
Participating in a European collaborative project represents an undeniable opportunity for a company to open up to a network of foreign skills and know-how... but also to offer itself the opportunity to observe, understand and capture markets through a new service offer.
Such an opportunity is all the more worthwhile for an SME, which does not always have the resources and the means to develop its contacts alone.
YOUTHSTART, NOW, EQUAL, INTERREG programmes: since 1995, TRAJECTIO, Travailler en Normandie has been involved in European programmes in order to develop its training practices - not only to benefit the most disadvantaged people, but also to expand its networks through international exchanges with Belgium, Italy, Germany and England.
International openness, development of networks, financing... the motivations for launching a European project are obvious.
Whether you are an end-user or a major-user, this is an opportunity to bring your regional structure into an international dimension.
The PONToon project of the INTERREG programme in which we participate makes us enter into "the fourth dimension": what was true a moment ago is no longer necessarily true any more and what was false earlier may be true now. This opens more opportunities to experiment, relax judgments and increase our ability to allow. It is the adoption of digital in our professional practices and our service offer that pushes us into a new reality.
Because we are stronger together, PONToon allows us this "future" adventure and our will to always go further is cemented in new and exciting experiences.
As for me, I have participated for over 25 years in these European adventures with great pleasure, anguish, questionings, discoveries, friendships and understanding of others and yes also, original funding to "go further", always further.....
Today, at the end of my professional career, I let this beautiful project continue, multiply new adventures and reap new successes: I wish all the partners involved the best of wishes going forward.