“The Youth Employment Contract (Contrat d’Engagement Jeune – CEJ) will give me the opportunity to pursue a profession that I like.” Vincent, 24 years old, wanted to make a career change. A caregiver for the past five years, the young man is heading back to school to become a counselor in the health and social sector. The Youth Employment Contract is an effective tool for helping people find their path. Vincent is not alone in saying this. Allan, 16 years old, is also taking advantage of this opportunity. “I hope to be able to find a job as soon as possible. The Youth Employment Contract will help me find the job that is right for me,” he explains.
The Youth Employment Contract
, which came into effect on March 1, offers a new, intensive individual support program in a demanding framework, with the goal of achieving faster and more long-term access to employment. Replacing a program entitled the “Youth Guarantee
” (Garantie Jeunes), it is designed for young people between the ages of 16 and 25 (up to 29 if they are recognized as disabled workers) who are not students and not in training, but who are experiencing difficulties finding a permanent job.
The strength of this program is that the young people who sign up benefit from resources that have not been available until now.
“The Youth Employment Contract is something of a revolution. It is the first time that a program such as this has been introduced,” highlights Frédéric Puyo, Deputy Director for Pôle Emploi in the Hérault department.
“The Youth Guarantee was already a strong system, but the Youth Employment Contract goes even further,” says Abder Abouitman, General Manager of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole’s Local Youth Mission (MLJ3M).
Each Pôle Emploi advisor involved with the Youth Employment Contract supervises no more than 30 young people at a time. Assistance is intensive, with 15 to 20 hours of immersive activities per week, particularly in association with companies.
“The Youth Employment Contract gives us the means to tailor our services more closely to the needs of each young person, and follow them more closely,” observes Frédéric Puyo
For MLJ3M, a team of two people monitors each young person as part of a comprehensive support program designed to remove obstacles that could hinder their progress towards employment. This includes housing, mobility, health, etc. MLJ3M has set up three modules. The first module focuses on people in great difficulty; the second on young people who have a confirmed project and are closer to employment, with training leading to qualification and also, if necessary, working on their self-confidence. The third is a personalized module designed to address specific cases.
The Youth Employment Contract runs from 6 to 12 months. Additionally, young people may receive an indemnity of 500 € net per month for adults and 200 € net per month for minors. This enables them to work on their project with serenity and to start building real momentum. Financial aid for housing can also be included for eligible participants.
The new program is specifically designed to meet companies’ hiring needs, especially in sectors experiencing shortages, of which there are many in the Montpellier Métropole area. This includes personal services, construction, hospitality, health, and social services, sports and entertainment, cleaning, trade, logistics, etc.
“The Youth Employment Contract can also help technology companies solve their recruitment challenges, while at the same time demonstrating their commitment to society,” adds Mohammed Boumediane, CEO of Ziwit, a company specializing in cybersecurity solutions.
By helping companies looking for talent come together with young people looking for work, the Youth Employment Contract echoes Montpellier Métropole’s strategy to promote equal opportunity in the territory. In addition to the Project to Develop Metropolitan Employment
(Podem) supporting priority neighborhoods targeted by local policy, and the Metropolitan Collaborative Platform for Social Clauses
, the Youth Employment Contract also encourages companies to demonstrate their social and environmental commitment
. The Youth Employment Contract will strengthen this commitment by giving companies an opportunity to get involved through job offers and work-study programs, as well as work experience and testimonials.
On March 1, Elisabeth Moreno, the French Minister for Equal Opportunity, officially launched the new Youth Employment Contract at MLJ3M’s offices, setting the stage for the very first contracts signed in France with the help of MLJ3M and Pôle Emploi teams
. It was not just a signature, but the sign of a shared commitment for employment.