Growing skills shortage in France
22 October 2018
According to Inséé, France's national statistical institute, an increasing number of companies are reporting a lack of skilled workers.
Although the country has an unemployment rate of 9 per cent, there is a mis-match between the skills needed and skills available.
Bosses are blaming the university system, the school system and a generous welfare system.
Nationally, policymakers are trying to encourage life-long learning.
The French government announced this year a series of measures to address the problem. From January 2020, each worker, will be given €5,000 to spend on training courses of their choice. For those with no qualifications the allowance will increase to €8,000.
Employers are sceptical that this will address immediate shortages as it takes time to gain skills.
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