In 1993, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie de la Villette set up a platform for information and advice on career guidance, integration and professional development: the Cité des métiers. The idea was simple: to respond in the same place to all publics, whatever their status and age, on issues related to their professional future throughout their lives.
Attended by a thousand users every day from the moment it opened, the Cité des métiers was of interest to those involved in integration wishing to draw inspiration from this experience, which they considered transferable to their own territories, as in Nîmes or Calaisis. They suggest the introduction of a label that would affirm and guarantee a common concept of reception and advice to the public.
From 1999, platforms with the “Cité des métiers” label were opened. The first three will be French (Belfort, Nîmes, Côtes d’Armor) and the fourth will be Italian, in Milan, at the initiative of psychology teachers with the aim of professionalising the guidance function by extending it to “lifelong training” and knowledge of the labour market.
The following year, two Città dei Mestieri e delle Professionni opened in Italy, in Milan and Genoa, following the same model.
The “Réseau des Cités des métiers”, set up as an association in October 2001, is growing at more or less the same rate in France and abroad, but more particularly in Italy, where there are now several labelled platforms.
The Cités des métiers now deploy their service offers in 9 countries, in Belgium, Chile, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Mauritius, Switzerland, Germany and France in different territories: Basse-Normandie, Bas Rhin, Charente-maritime, Côtes d’Armor, Franche-Comté, Guadeloupe, Haute-Normandie, Ile de France, Pays Gardois, Picardie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Limousin, Réunion, Mayotte and Seine et Marne.
They are recognisable by their common logo consisting of two red squares: the upper square bears the name Cité des métiers in the language of the country and the lower square the name of the geographical area concerned with, where appropriate, the words “en projet” or “en préfiguration”.