Ecological planning seems to have finally conquered the Élysée, which is soon to appoint a prime minister in charge of the subject. Has the IPCC’s call finally been heard? Knowing that we only have 3 years left to keep a livable planet, to activate ourselves on all levels, both in our personal lives and at work, who can imagine working as a father anymore? On the work side, the generations succeed each other and are not equal. The subway work sleep no longer makes many people dream, no more than the promise of being able to provide a pool of bullshit jobs by age 50. 78% of 18-24-year-olds surveyed by research firm Yougov for the Monster site in September 2021 would not accept a job that doesn’t make sense to them. 92% of respondents to a recent survey by Audencia’s Positive Impact Chair for jobs_that_makesense question the meaning of their professional activity. Among them, 50% is to question themselves and 42% to have started a process of professional retraining. Behind this search for meaning is mentioned by 57% of the respondents the desire to contribute to the challenges of ecological and/or social transition.
So here is a unique opportunity to move in the right direction. Young people want to make a positive contribution to society, society needs new energy, the case is finished. Not so easy. Is the world of work ready to welcome this windfall of new hires? Do these new employees have the skills to integrate these new professions? By 2050, Ademe estimates the number of new jobs to be filled at nearly 1 million, just for the green economy alone. The numbers are pretty much the same on the Shift Project side. The low-carbon think tank’s “Transformation Plan for the French Economy” plans to destroy 800,000 jobs (mainly in the oil sector) but also to create 1.1 million jobs (notably through the creation of high-performance bicycles, two-wheelers and electric cars ), ie a net balance of 300,000 jobs for the French.
Three essential ingredients
More than a major layoff, it is therefore a major reorientation that will have to be orchestrated. Three ingredients seem essential to us to make this shift: helping impact companies recruit, mass-educating in the professions of environmental and social transition, and encouraging workers to retrain.
We could say that the job market is just a mathematical equation that is easy to solve, with companies recruiting on the one hand and job seekers looking for work on the other. The problem is that the positive impact economy is mainly based on small structures, associations or companies, which do not necessarily have the necessary resources for their first hire. How can we give them the boost they need to take this step? One of the solutions can be found in the Manifesto for the economy of tomorrow of the Mouvement Impact France, which calls in particular to reorient taxes, aid and public investment towards environmental and social competitiveness. We can also envision a support system for young companies with an impact comparable to that of Young Innovative Companies, exempt from employer social security contributions during their first five years to enable them to recruit faster.
We do not improvise a specialist in agroecology
Assuming that this issue of incentive to employ impact structures is administratively and quickly settled, are jobseekers’ capacities already adapted to the demands of the next decade? Jobs in environmental and social transition require specific skills, both technical and behavioral. We do not improvise ourselves as specialists in agroecology, the energy renovation of buildings or even the circular economy. On the behavioral side, the next crises require innovation. Skills in creativity, adaptability, citizen mobilization, facilitation or even change management will be just as essential to build our future society.
What do we start with? To promote the further training of as many people as possible, consider these sectors as shortage occupations and devote part of the vocational training budget to supporting these skills. This can be done through a contribution from the CPF for any training in these professions and skills, or even through the creation of a specific fund for the youngest. And because training also comes through experience, we invite you to recognize associative engagement as a unit of education in its own right, following the model of what can already be done at certain universities, such as the University of Paris for example. One thing is certain, there is nothing more formative than action.
Finally, and this would be a great disservice to Social Security, let’s allow as many people as possible not to go on sick leave or resignation, but to refocus. According to the Audencia study cited above for jobs_that_makesense, the first obstacle to impact retraining is financial, as you have to fund your retraining (education, period of unemployment, etc.) and accept a possible drop in salary. In this regard, APEC estimates the wage gap between the SSE and the traditional sector at 10% on average.
In order to solve these difficulties and to succeed in the major reorientation we are asking for, let us support these transitions as best we can with financial measures in particular. Imagine extending redeployment leave to employees who want to refocus on careers in the environmental and social transition, and not just under a Job Protection Plan. And since the future is inherently uncertain, as the next few years promise to be chaotic, let’s create a lifelong guidance and reorientation service. And maybe then, on Monday morning, we don’t go to work anymore, we go and contribute to the march of the world…
The first signatories
Jean-Christophe Perrin, Fabien Sécherre and the whole jobs_that_makesense team,
Florent Guignard and Antoine Dujardin (Le Drenche), Laetitia Vasseur (Stop Programmed Obsolescence), Muriel Papin (No Plastic In My Sea), Marie Nguyen and Antoine Coulaud (Wedressfair), Côme De Cossé Brissac (La Joist), Claire Pétreault (Les Pépites Vertes), Hélène De Vestele (Edeni), Anne Le Corre (Ecological Spring), Océane Puech (GreenScale),
Emilie Schmitt (Activ’Action), Léa Karki (AFEV), Mariane Behar (Aime), Alex Huyn (Aktio), Adrien Laprévote (Allo Louis), Vincent Guerpillon (Alter Compta), Anne Silberstein (Aneko), Mathieu Delot (Apels ), Caroline Liby (Appart & Sens), Maxime Dekowski (Arkee), Diane Caussade (Association Ballade), Matthieu Jungfer (Atelier Unes), Antoine Martin (Biomere), Elise Rey Du Boissieu (Bric A Vrac), Stéphanie Dick (Cabas Pipe), Mathilde Hiesse (Cacré), Benjamin Salem (Change Please France), Stéphanie Talevis (Circul’R), Maryline Macchi (Convergence), Fanny Roussey (Convergences), Estelle Maruzzo (Cultures Et Compagnies), Marion Scapin (Dabba Consigne ), Aude Amarrurtu (Defi Services +), Oscar Lustin (Domani), Julien Derville (Dunia), Léa Gunther Dupont (Eclosyou), Nacera Mansouri (Ecole 3A Lyon), Montel Pierre (Ecolearn), Jérémie Jean (Egreen), Christophe Meyer (Ekolo), Alice Flodrops (Emmaüs Connect), Thomas Delage (Entoureo), Tiphaine Gualda (Entrepreneur), Cédric Tomissi and Julie Dautel (Eo ship), Ameyna Fressinaud (Epicc), Severin Prats (Ethi’Kdo), Chantal Panetta (Face Paris Hauts-de-Seine), Rozenn Morice (Solidarity Families Bzh), Maud De Balby (Fampao), Armonia Pierantozzi (Fertîles), Omar Bendjelloun (Finetic), Thibaut Boiziau (Freepry), Séverine Hassler (Gamino), Marion Baltazard (GEIEC), Nicolas Teulade (Seeds & Germoirs / Pollen Scop), Solenn Le Divenah and Fannie Nolhier (SOS Group), Olivia Olivia Rotondo ( Gymglish), Robin Sicsic (Handineo), Perrine Lhote (Hisse & Haut), Margaux Labidi (Hopening), Benoit Petit (Hubblo), Laure Bulteel (Solidarity Initiatives), Armand De Coussergues (Higher Institute for the Environment), Mari Kameyama and Quentin Iprex (Investing&+), Thomas Groell (Jib Smart Home), Antoine Maurel (Karma Search), Aurélie Notarianni (Kedelaé), Cecile Pierrat-Schiever (Kodiko), Inã¨S Meyer (Komunii), Séverine Hassler (Kouide) , Veronica Susman (La Crème Libre), Christophe Besson (La Fontaine D Annibal Fol26), Marie-France Girgis (La Fourche), Candice Dupré (The Answer D.), Madeleine De Lisle (The Hive Who Says Yes!), Louis Lefevre (The Head In The Clouds), Augustin Courtier (Latitudes), Olivier Girinon (The Bastion), Laurent Segaud (The Market Of The Day ), Marina Carpentier (Lemonaid & ChariTea), Hélène Falise (Le Village Potager), Adèle Debost (Friends of Hubert), Emilie Renault (Les Fées Recup Sarl), Alizée Danchaud (Les Ombres), Jonathan Reiss and Delphine Vandermeersch (Les Petites L’Ouches), Blandine Barré (Les Réparables), Amandine Garnier (Les Raisonné es), Christophe Conceicao (Live For Good), Coline De Georges (Lumia), Maxime Marchand (Mao Boa), Louis Sibille (Maia), Florence Grosse (Made In Montreuil), Sarah Forest (Maforêt), Alexia Lechevestrier (Make Here), Mathilde Thorel (Makesense), Thomas Dehier (Flying Marmites), Reine De Méreuil (Matrice), Manon Fargelat (Meanwhile Boutique), Pauline Courbon (Moulinot ), Lobna Calleja (Ogilvy), Paul Charon (Omaj), Charlotte Veaux (Onyo), Lucie Vegrinne (Open Communities), Yann Gab ay (Gold eegami), Shu Zhang (Pandobac), Boris Oudet (Pathtech), Victor Matei (Pegasus), Eric Vachez (Planete Mer), Anne Trombini (For Living Agriculture), Yoann Hodeau (Prowd), Eva Brabant, Cécile Gueguen and Lil Rimsa (Network Of Schools Of Ecological Transition – Being), Alexandre Gubert (Scunetta), Dimitri Pivot (Second Souffle), Yves Cambier (Seniors of Avenir Et Cie), Benoit Le Gouge (Silo), Louise Block, Pascal Dubaele ( Singa), Marie Floquet (Sinny&Ooko), Olympe Chabert (Smartback), Elsa Sayagh (Somanyways), Elodie Jolivet (Sparknews), Tanguy Viet (Supernova), Marion Graeffly (Telecoop), Enki Barache (Tigoun), Louis Falga (Piggy Banks D ‘Avenir ), Michael Roes (Toopi Organics), Aude Bardaine (Toutbon (Demain Sas)), Cécile Staehle (Troopers Web Republic), Mikail Tanev (Upcyland), Marc Singer and Hubert Clément (Util Studio), Léa Degardin (Via Id ), Sarah Benosman (Vrac’N Roll), Marina Ferre (Yuact), Pierre-Emmanuel Saint-Esprit (Zack), Marie-Pierre Dequier (Ze.Game).