The latest IPCC report is once again alerting us to the climate emergency, and extraordinary climate events seem to be multiplying before our helpless eyes. However, now we have the unique opportunity to reorient the labor market to provide it with the service of ecological and social transition.
In fact, there have never been so many citizens who want to give meaning to their careers (57% want a job in the ecological transition service according to a recent Audencia study and jobs_that_makesense), and at the same time, the recruitment needs are enormous (nearly 1 million jobs for the green economy by 2050 according to Ademe).
However, many barriers prevent this major reorientation of the labor market.
At a time when ecological planning is the priority of the new government, the positive impact on the job platform jobs_that_makesense has brought together more than 200 organizations from the world of impact (associations, start-ups, training organizations, etc.) to challenge the new Minister of Labor by making concrete proposals to him on the 3 pillars essential to this reorientation: helping companies recruit, helping workers train in transitional professions and supporting professional retraining.
Helping impact on recruiting businesses
One of the particularities of the impact sector is that it constitutes for most small structures, companies or associations. Behind the unicorns that are in the middle of the stage, there is a whole range of organizations that will enable the ecological and social transformation of our economy.
In addition, choosing to include positive impact at the heart of its raison d’être has a negative impact on the immediate profitability of companies, compared to the traditional sector. As a result, these structures often struggle to have sufficient resources to recruit their first employees, thus threatening their development.
Proposition #1 – We recommend setting up a support system for companies and associations of impacted children, similar to Young Innovative Companies (exemption from employer social contributions in their first 5 years of existence) to allow faster recruitment, as suggested. of the Manifesto for Tomorrow’s Economics of the Impact France Movement.
Helping working people train for ecological and social transition jobs
The professions of tomorrow require the development of new skills: you can’t improvise yourself as a project manager in the energy renovation of buildings, a carbon balance sheet specialist, or even a climate consultant.
In addition, ecological and social issues have such a major impact on the entire economy that front line workers must develop specific behavioral skills: mobilization, non-violent communication, change management. If we want to succeed in the ecological and social change, it is important to promote this base of knowledge and life skills.
Proposition #2 – We recommend dedicating part of the budget for vocational training to supporting the development of these skills, which are essential for ecological and social change. It can go through a top-up Personal Training Account (CPF) for any training in these trades and skills, or even the creation of a specific fund for the youngest in the first training.
Beyond training, ecological and social transition is now increasingly driven by the millions of community volunteers who are enriching our country. This voluntary work is not sufficiently recognized today, whereas it is essential to meet the challenges of tomorrow and it is particularly evolving. Some universities, such as the University of Paris for example, already recognize this commitment as a Teaching Unit.
Proposition #3 – We recommend better promoting affiliate commitment, for example by recognizing it as a Teaching Unit in its own right for all students, and by taking inspiration from the Validation of Acquired Experience (VAE) for active.
Support professional retraining
The first obstacle to professional retraining is often financial, as explained in our previous article on stereotypes that dismantle during retraining in effect. And for good reason, beyond the possible pay cut, the reorientation is largely individualized.
For the working population, it is often complicated or even financially impossible to leave everything to change paths, and following a training course while staying in office can prove mission impossible. In a context of profound economic change, these professional bifurcations will be prevalent, and they should be more supported.
Proposition #4 – We recommend extending redeployment leave (currently offered as part of a Job Safeguarding Plan) to all employees who wish to reorient themselves to a career in ecological and social transition service.
Finally, these next changes will require everyone to be adaptable, and careers to be less linear. So that these changes are not experienced and everyone can become an actor in their professional development, it will be important to better guide and support each active person in their path.
Proposition #5 – We recommend the creation of a lifelong orientation and reorientation service, to support active people in their professional careers, to strengthen and popularize existing systems within the framework of the Professional Development Council (CEP).
These 5 measures can be implemented very quickly, systems and resources are already available in most. In our view, they are important in ecological and social transition, because they are the sine qua non conditions for companies and associations to place themselves in order to meet these challenges.
You can find the list of the first to sign up and join this call on the jobs_that_makesense website.
Jobs_that_makesense refers to 25,000 positively impacted job offers, more than 3,500 companies and associations and approximately fifty training courses to orient themselves to ecological and social change jobs.
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