The Minister of Labor said the government would fund companies that will train these job seekers.
Labor Minister Élisabeth Borne says the government will launch “An unprecedented plan for the long-term unemployed” by funding companies that will train these job seekers for several months, in an interview to be published on Friday in The Parisian . Prime Minister Jean Castex had mentioned in July a specific plan for the long-term unemployed, highlighting the “Difficulties in recruiting” of a number of companies.
He reiterated at the beginning of September, at the end of a government seminar at the Elysee Palace, the need to“Imperatively strengthen the training of job seekers”, especially long lasting. According to the latest official data, France (excluding Mayotte) had 3.026 million long-term job seekers in the second quarter, registered for more than a year (category A, B, C), with more than 1.5 million registered for more than two years.
50% of the unemployed are long-term
Long-term job seekers now represent 50.3% of registrants, the 50% threshold having been crossed in January. Without revealing all the contours of the plan, which must be presented soon, Élisabeth Borne tells the Parisian that the government “Has gone from one in ten unemployed people trained at the start of the five-year term to one in six” and assures wanting “go further”.
“Business leaders tell us that they have positions for which they cannot find employees. It’s also frustrating for a long-term job seeker to feel like they’re standing by while the economy picks up., she says. “We are committed to ensuring that all long-term job seekers will be contacted by a Pôle Emploi adviser by the end of the year. And we are going to develop the situation in a company by giving the means to the employers who wish it so that they train these job seekers as close as possible to their needs ”, she says.
“We are going to finance companies that will train long-term job seekers for several months”, continues the minister. “Professionalization contracts will also be boosted for this audience” and Pôle emploi is responsible for “Select by the end of October all the local good practices that could be duplicated” and which will be financed, adds Élisabeth Borne, specifying that the means of the public operator, “Which had had reinforcements during the crisis, will be maintained to implement this plan”.