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Driving employment through the Games

Giving everyone the chance to help build the Olympic Games is a top priority for Paris 2024.

Over 150,000 jobs will be created to organise the Games,
providing people with a unique opportunity to contribute to the success of the biggest event to ever take place in France. To make sure that as many people as possible apply, including those who are struggling to find and stay in work, we are working closely on every aspect of the Games with the entire employment sector: the Ministry of Labour, the Greater Paris region, the City of Paris, the Seine-Saint-Denis department and combined authorities (such as Plaine Commune and Paris Terre d’Envol).


Pôle emploi to offer special support to jobseekers

The French public employment service, Pôle emploi, will set up a taskforce in the coming months to focus on developing new services

Pôle emploi will analyse and make a list of job vacancies in consultation with the relevant contracting parties and industry bodies. It will therefore ramp up its collaboration with the French professional training funding bodies (OPCO) and industries to anticipate future recruitment needs and training for jobseekers. Designing standard training pathways for jobseekers of all ages will be crucial to ensuring Paris 2024 offers a gateway to sustainable employment. 

Pôle emploi will also roll out operations to promote and provide information about the different professions related to the Games, particularly those that are seen by applicants as unappealing. To do so, the service will coordinate with relevant industries to provide greater support to companies that are struggling to recruit. These efforts will promote hard-to-fill vacancies and provide continuous training for jobseekers. 

In addition, Pôle emploi will set up a virtual job centre especially for Paris 2024 that can be shared with members of public employment agencies, such as youth employment centres, specialised disability employment services and the French association for the employment of managers and executives (APEC). Through this virtual hub, organisations will be able to post job vacancies and jobseekers will be able to apply, and quickly and easily access online employment services from pole‑

Pôle emploi will ramp up recruitment support according to the needs identified in the sectors most affected by the Games – construction, security and tourism, for example. It will gather all job offers carrying the “Paris 2024” label in one place, as well as organise initiatives such as #VersUnMétier (an event to connect jobseekers and employers) and innovative events that move around the region to provide information to jobseekers in the priority neighbourhoods of Paris. 

Pôle emploi will also help companies prepare their recruitment campaigns by frequently renewing its pool of applicants (including those sourced from priority neighbourhoods or as part of social clauses, etc.) and implementing related career development plans. Lastly, Paris 2024 will encourage its contractors and suppliers to post all of their job vacancies through Pôle emploi in order to centralise Games‑related job opportunities. 


The Skills Investment Plan (PIC) in Ile-de-France

Between now and 2022, the Ile-de-France will receive over €1 billion of State funding as part of the Skills Investment Plan (PIC), which led to the regional investment agreement signed with the Ministry of Labour on 4 April 2019. The agreement will enable regional stakeholders to identify the needs they share with the Games, in order to:

– fulfil the requirements of professions experiencing the most acute worker shortages, such as hospitality and catering, tourism, construction, maintenance and security. In 2019, training in hospitality and construction will be provided to 1,680 and nearly 1,300 people, respectively; 

– satisfy the need for greater skills in foreign languages, particularly English; and

– develop professional conduct and social skills.

Millions of tourists will come to France to experience the Games in 2024. The Ile-de-France will soon launch its QIOZ platform to improve foreign language skills of local people, which will in turn boost the area’s appeal. This tool will also help to enhance their overall employability. 

The “Paris Tous en Jeux” programme

The “Paris Tous en Jeux” programme, announced by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, on 1 April 2019, will be launched by Pôle emploi and the City of Paris in autumn 2019. The programme will assist the long‑term unemployed, and particularly those from the city’s priority neighbourhoods, by creating opportunities for 1,000 people to undergo additional training in the industries involved in the 2024 Olympic Games. “Paris Tous en Jeux” will continue to build on the momentum created since 2016 by the ParisCode and ParisFabrik initiatives in careers in digital technology and the environmental transition, respectively.


Specific support to boost employment in Seine-Saint-Denis

Over the next five years, the “La Fabrique des Jeux” initiative will support residents of Seine-Saint-Denis, ensuring that they take full advantage of the economic opportunities arising from the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Guidance will be given to comapnies to put them in the best position to make the most of the business opportunities created by the Games. Training sessions will be available on the website, which provides information and resources for companies, as well as the solidarity platform. In addition, intermediation will be organised in relation to the economic opportunities the Games are opening up for local stakeholders.

Between now and 2024, the Seine-Saint-Denis department will double the number of contracts signed with the sheltered employment sector and set a target of hiring 10% of people in occupational integration to follow-up on the work carried out by SOLIDEO, the company formed to deliver the Olympic facilities. 

Specific initiatives to promote careers in the sectors involved in the Games will be integrated into the Seine-Saint-Denis Equality Charter.

Occupational integration experts operating in Seine-Saint-Denis will strive to make the public – especially people receiving income support – aware of recruitment for the Games, by heading professional networks, holding career information days, and organising other activities.

A construction plan will be rolled out throughout Seine-Saint-Denis, setting out the advantages of a career in the industry and providing standard career paths, aimed in particular at the 3,000 recipients of income support who each year abandon initiatives organised by the departmental programme for employment and occupational integration.

As requested by the Seine-Saint-Denis department, the SOLIDEO charter will be adapted to promote local employment as part of its coordination of social clauses guaranteeing equal access to jobs and training opportunities for all residents, including those living in areas without Olympic or Paralympic facilities.

In addition, a section on Games‑related initiatives will be added to the regional pact for employment and occupational integration, set to be signed in 2019.

Lastly, an innovative project to promote the different languages spoken by the residents of Seine-Saint-Denis will be launched as part of the 100% inclusion call for proposals, which aims to see them recruited in one of the three different industries identified by the jobs analysis: construction, logistics, and hospitality and tourism.

Plaine Commune

In the heart of Seine-Saint-Denis, the Plaine Commune area will host several Olympic and Paralympic events and, as such, aims to seize the opportunity presented by the Games. “La Maison de l’emploi”, an employment bureau in Plaine Commune, is already working to boost occupational integration by rolling out:

– Eight employment facilitators to help connect contracting parties and people struggling to find work

– Training for residents in professions with worker shortages (security, logistics, sports, hospitality and catering, tourism, sales and transport)

– Training initiatives, including periods of pre‑training, which have already been implemented to in construction as part of the project to build Line 16 of the Grand Paris Express. Training course have also been developed for careers in security, logistics and sports (for lifeguards for example). The content of these programmes is adapted for the long‑term unemployed and coordinated by “La Maison de l’emploi”.

“100% inclusion”

The local stakeholders involved in the “100% inclusion” organisation in the area of Paris Terres d’Envol, a combined authority near Paris, are well‑known for their expertise with “invisible” jobseekers or NEETs – Not in Education, Employment or Training – and will adapt their entire project to support young people throughout the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games:

  • APART sources and guides young people, using its expertise to put them in contact with local companies in industries with hard-to-fill vacancies.
  • Make Sense creates experiences, particularly in social entrepreneurship, to give people the opportunity to showcase their talent and develop their soft skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Pass’ Sport is involved at the training stage, leveraging its unique expertise in the areas of security, organisation and sport.
  • Having signed up to the Paris–Seine Saint Denis cooperation agreement, the Grand Paris Grand Est combined authority has fully bought into the spirit of partnership of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It aims to spread the benefits – especially the employment opportunities – of this international event throughout the entire department of Seine- Saint-Denis.
  • Grand Paris Grand Est, along with various partners, is actively involved in drawing up the convention for implementing the Local Employment and Development Charter, overseen by SOLIDEO. The challenges include enhancing the competitiveness of companies in the region and promoting the employment of local people.


Work experience for people in occupational integration

Local and regional authorities are preparing for the Games by making use of existing initiatives and adapting them for Paris 2024 in order to provide sustainable support for the long‑term unemployed.

Setting up local employment facilitators (such as EPEC in Paris or the public interest group “La Maison de l’Emploi” in Plaine Commune) to identify companies supporting occupational integration locally and help others harness the skills of the long‑term unemployed.

As part of the Skills Investment Plan (PIC) organised by Plaine Commune and the City of Paris, the “100% inclusion” project will provide training in Games‑related careers to 1,000 people. For six to 15 months, trainees will be guided throughout the various stages: selection and orientation, reintegration, training, getting back into work and evaluation. 

The Sport dans la Ville not‑for‑profit organisation aims to facilitate access to sustainable employment for 600 young people classed as NEET from the priority neighbourhoods of Paris. The organisation reintegrates them back into the active population through sport and helps them find effective solutions for training and employment. It will roll out its initiatives in Greater Lyon, Seine-Saint-Denis and the Val de Marne departments. 

Four hundred long‑term unemployed people from priority neighbourhoods in the Paris Terres d’Envol area will be given access to sustainable work through nine to 10-month programmes created by Games‑related job opportunities. The project, led by the Paris Terre d’Envol combined authority, “la Ligue de l’enseignement” (a French federation for secular education), “l’Agence Nationale de Solidarité Active” (a not‑for‑profit organisation for social innovation), Pôle emploi and Let’s Hub (a regional development platform), identifies people classed as NEET and offers collaborative support at a regional level. It aims to develop sustainable employment and recently opened up to include all of the priority neighbourhoods not only in Paris but also the Ile-de-France and the Bouches du Rhône department, two areas that will host Olympic and Paralympic events.

“EnJeux Emplois” (jobs through the Games), run by the City of Paris, has rolled out initiatives to enable the very long‑term unemployed get back into work and take part in major international sporting events. The project facilitates contact with businesses involved with the Games by setting up employment facilitators specialised in occupation integration at the site where the City of Paris is building the Arena II stadium.

In addition, the “Pactes Parisiens pour l’Emploi” (Parisian employment agreements) have formed an alliance with industries and leading companies to boost employment and promote career guidance in the sectors involved with organising major international sporting events.

Lastly, “EnJeux Emplois” organises events to resolve recruitment challenges, such as career speed dating events, job fairs, and week‑long themed events for specific careers with various activities.


Bringing young people on board

Apprenticeships instil passion, excellence and independence — values shared by the Olympic Games. In 2019, the French Ministry of Labour will analyse the need for training and apprenticeships. The results of that analysis will then be used to adapt the approach used in the apprenticeship training centres (CFA).This approach means the Games construction projects will primarily be built by young people who have completed apprenticeships in France, which are rising in popularity; in 2018, 7.7% more people chose this path than in 2017.

The analysis also identified the need to boost the timber industry. A study of specific training requirements, including the apprenticeship option, shall soon be launched in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

The Greater Paris region is also setting up work experience opportunities at the Olympic and Paralympic Games for local 16 year olds. Every year, 1,000 young people will get help finding work experience placements and learn about the different careers related to the Games, such as sport, tourism, event management and hospitality and catering.

Between now and 2024, a further 1,000 students from the Lycée Marcel-Cachin, a secondary school in Saint-Ouen, will receive training in the careers involved organising the Games. The school is located at the heart of the Olympic and Paralympic village and will therefore form an integral part of the future campus for careers in sport that will be set up there. 

During and after the Games: developing and maintaining employment 

The Ministry of Labour will present a multi‑annual action plan aimed at organisers and businesses on a local and national level that aims to:

  • make use of the jobs analysis report to anticipate long‑term employment and skill requirements;
  • design a common skills framework for major international events to be used to create sustainable career paths; and
  • encourage companies to make voluntary commitments to recruit locally.

In addition, to create continuity between all major projects in the Greater Paris region, the Ministry of Labour has already begun working on two future‑facing studies to identify which professions will be required after 2024 to carry out two major local projects: the Grand Paris Express transport project and the National Urban Renewal Agency (ANRU) programme.

Potential links with the construction of the fourth terminal at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, set to partially open in 2028 and fully in 2037, could be looked at in connection to the monitoring work undertaken by the Roissy public interest group.

Beyond the Games: the “Pack sport emploi” to accompany everyone involved in sport

Beyond the analysis of direct induced jobs created by Paris 2024, the cumulative effect of the Games and the French President’s goal to increase the number of people who regularly take part in a sport by 3 million will have a genuine impact on the French economy and employment in sport.

That is why the French Ministry of Sport is launching the “Pack sport emploi”, encompassing schemes and tools developed in collaboration with the sporting world and the regions. It will, for example, enable: 

  • 5,000 more people to benefit from the SESAME programme between now and 2024, so that young people who are struggling to get into work can access careers in sport;
  • incentives to encourage not‑for‑profit organisations and clubs to form employer groups. In 2018, the Ministry of Sport helped 88 employer groups secure their future. By pooling employment opportunities, sporting organisations and clubs ensure their long‑term success. For example, a sports coach can work on a full‑time basis through an agreement between three or four different employers; and
  • tailored support to help sports federations and associations deploy initiatives throughout the country with the Skills Investment Plan (PIC). Rolled out by the Ministry of Labour, the PIC will help these bodies prepare for changes in their industry and adapt their training programmes accordingly.