a “job dating” to fill 2,000 emergency positions

When her advisor from Pôle emploi suggested that she go to the “job dating” organized by the Academy of Versailles on Monday, May 30, Élodie was tempted. “Teaching, I had already thought about it… from afar”, she adds, sitting on a bench in the rectorate’s grounds, where the first of an unprecedented series of four departmental meetings devoted to recruiting is taking place. This job seeker is mainly there to get to know the work of those who practice it. On the trade, or rather on the trade: “School teacher, support for students with disabilities, middle or high school math teacher”, lists this forty-year-old computer scientist by training who worked at home for a while as a childminder.

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Élodie must have read that the academy of Versailles, the largest employer of Île-de-France, had more than 2,000 vacancies to fill, she came without a resume. “I didn’t want to apply without taking a step back. What interests me is the transmission. What I’m afraid of is classroom management.” summarize them.

At the end of her interview, Élodie is partly reassured. “I was told about a week of training before the start of the school year and then the support of a tutor. I was also told that the teaching team would always be by my side.” she says.

Contracts that span the summer holidays

The Versailles Academy has, in fact, embarked on an operation to entice contract teachers, those it has already recruited and has yet to find in order to prevent lessons from being withheld from back-school teachers. “Of the 500 indentured workers hired between January and March, at the height of the pandemic, more than 85% will remain in post,” welcomes Rector Charline Avenel. Contrary to what usually happens, these teachers will see their contracts run during the summer so that, like the holders, they can be paid during the holidays, she specifies.

If the rectorate mobilizes in this way, Charline Avenel emphasizes that with the improvement in employment, “Private sector competition in recruitment is getting stronger”† It is also that education suffers from a lack of attractiveness – the competitions are far from full – and many players in education say they are suffering. One in three would no longer find meaning in their work, according to a recent barometer from the UNSA union.

A former legal director looking for meaning

Of the 600 registered for this recruitment day, however, almost a quarter is looking for retraining. “Looking for a meaningful job”, says Nadine Crinier, regional director of Pôle emploi. A textbook example: that of Valérie, 51, of whom 25 worked as a legal director. “I had reached a stage where I had to be permanently in a political stance rather than in an expert position. It no longer suited me. † Two years ago, shortly before the Covid, the decision was made: the one who always enjoyed passing on her knowledge to young employees, starts preparing for the English Capes… before finally accepting a position as an employee at a large charitable organization.

This time, Valérie seems determined to enter national education as a contract, without waiting for the Capes. With a gross salary of €2,000, less than half of what she received as a legal director. A salary that is also lower than what she receives in her association. “Money Isn’t Everything”, seems to tell us the serene smile that spreads across his face. And then Valérie with her two daughters, one in college and the other in high school, could see how much the non-replacement of absent teachers at the institution weighed.

Valérie has just had a twenty minute job interview with two teachers, including an English teacher. “She immediately started talking to me in that language and asked me how I handled the class.” Now he has to wait. A maximum of two weeks, the rectorate promises.

“Ready to drive two hours a day”

In the queue there are still teachers who have been trained abroad, outside Europe and who cannot become holders, or students in a Meef master’s (education, education and training) who already want to work before the competition.

We also meet Elisabeth, 50, who was a contract teacher in primary school in Paris for ten years and then a year in Eure-et-Loir, where she now lives. “I was told that my contract would not be renewed”, she complains. Without moving, this “passionate” education is now a candidate for a position in Yvelines, the adjacent department. “I’m ready to drive two hours a day to do the job I love,” she assures.

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