France’s ‘Generation COVID’ faces bleak future with jobs scarce

first_img“When I saw the coronavirus numbers and the borders closed, I wondered ‘will a hotel need me next year?’.”France was already one of the worst places in Europe to be a young job-seeker because of a rigid labor market and resulting shortage of long-term contracts. When the coronavirus hit, finding employment, even as an apprentice, became tougher.Fillon is not alone. Some 800,000 youngsters in France will enter the labor market this summer, just as the euro zone’s second largest economy is forecast to shrink by 11 percent.France has struggled to provide enough long-term jobs for its young. The youth unemployment rate sat above 20% in the fourth quarter of 2019, the fourth highest in Europe behind Greece, Spain, and Italy, according to the OECD. Topics : Onerous labor laws mean businesses typically prefer to give youngsters short-term contracts that offer scant job security.But President Emmanuel Macron has pushed through reforms to liberalize France’s highly regulated job market and incentivize the hiring of apprentices.Unemployment was falling before the crisis – even if it was still roughly double the rate in Britain and Germany – and long-term contracts were on the rise. So too apprenticeships, up 17% year-on-year in 2019.”This crisis has shown the fragility (of the reform gains),” said Mathieu Plane, an economist at the publicly funded French Economic Observatory (OFCE).”Worst possible time”In France, young employees and job-seekers are suffering a double hit, Plane said. They were typically the first to be jettisoned by companies in times of recession and have an outsized presence in the ailing tourism and hospitality sectors.The government might have to think about state-subsidized jobs for 15 to 24-year-olds if hiring in the private sector remained low for several years, he added.Armelle Bahrouni, 23, quit her Paris bar job in February, a month before France went into lockdown, because she wanted to find a hospitality role with a view to one day running a bar.Four months later, bars and restaurants in Paris can only offer outdoor seating. Many remain closed and Bahrouni is out of work.”The longest time I’ve done nothing with my life before this was two months. And even then I did temping jobs,” Bahrouni said.Macron’s government will in the days ahead hold talks with trade unions and employer groups over how to create jobs for youngsters during the depression.The need is pressing. The labor ministry anticipates that as many as 320,000 young people will join queues at job-seeker centers. Youth unemployment may hit 30%, it forecasts.”I entered the job market at the worst possible time,” said 23-year-old Louis Lhomme, who this summer received a master’s in urban planning from Paris’ Sciences Po, which for more than a century has been educating France’s decision-makers.Lhomme said he had opted for enrolling in a second master’s degree rather than settling for an imperfect job – an option few can afford.”That will shield me from the worst of the crisis.”center_img In September, Eugenie Fillon should begin a two-year master’s degree in luxury hotel management that combines academic studies with a salaried apprenticeship. The problem: during the worst economic downturn in decades, hotels in France aren’t hiring.If the 22-year-old fails to secure a placement, not only will she be deprived of a starting income and on-the-job experience. She will also be on the hook for fees worth 18,000 euros.”Normally there are job offers out there. But there have barely been any since the crisis struck,” Fillon said, as she scoured online job ads on a park bench in Nantes, in the west of the country.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Investments to Bolster Pennsylvania’s Workforce Skills

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Investments to Bolster Pennsylvania’s Workforce Skills November 06, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that more than $7.8 million in training assistance funding was provided to 745 Pennsylvania companies through the commonwealth’s Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania. This year marks 20 years of partnerships and funding assistance for qualified businesses in the state, with 20,683 companies providing training for 1,238,915 existing staff members.“Continuing education and workforce training allow everyone a path to future success and is a way for employers and employees to show allegiance and good faith in each other,” said Gov. Wolf. “It’s pivotal in strengthening our state’s workforce, our communities, and ultimately, our economy.”Last fiscal year, the commonwealth invested $7,896,801 in trainings and provided 30,460 employees with access to education in the areas of Essential Skills and Advanced Technology. Essential Skills training can include guidance in the areas of communication and teamwork, health and safety, business and computer operations, manufacturing fundamentals, and quality assurance. Advanced technology training can include guidance in the areas of advanced manufacturing technology, advanced software implementation, computer programming, and software engineering.“Job training helps people achieve their career goals and improve their quality of life, and workforce development is one of the strongest drivers of our economy,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “WEDnetPA isn’t just a tool to help workers further their careers; it’s a tool that has helped us attract and retain businesses and grow Pennsylvania’s economy for the past two decades, and will continue to do so for decades to come.”“While other states also offer resources to help companies close the skills gap, WEDnetPA is unique in its approach,” said Statewide Director Thomas Venditti. “By networking with 25 colleges and universities, we leverage their existing professional workforce development staff to create a highly cost-effective way to provide help with incumbent worker training.”Workforce training grants align with Governor Wolf’s PAsmart workforce development initiative. The governor launched the innovative PAsmart initiative last year and secured a $10 million increase to $40 million for the program this year. PAsmart provides $20 million for science and technology education, $10 million for apprenticeships and job training, and new this year, an additional $10 million for career and technical education.This year’s annual report is available online.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to workforce development, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.last_img read more

MassKara revelry ‘generally peaceful’

first_imgIn the three-day highlight of thefestival, BCPO recorded only 27 street crimes – 62.79-percent lower compared tolast year’s 43. BACOLOD City – Peaceful andsuccessful. This was how the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) assessed the21-day staging of this year’s MassKara Festival. He also cited the gun ban and mobilephone signal shutdown in some areas. The BCPO also reported onerape-related incident, two robberies and nine theft cases. No incidents ofcarnapping or motornapping were recorded this year./PN Photo by Ian Paul Cordero/PN BCPO spokesperson Lieutenant ColonelAriel Pico said there were no major crimes from Oct. 7 to 27. “These security protocols contributeda lot in reducing the crime rate during the festival,” he said. He added that this year, there were nocases of murder or homicide, while the number of physical assault cases droppedto only four. Last year, there were 14 recorded incidents.  Pico attributed this to stringentsecurity measures not just at festival sites but also in strategic placesacross the metro. “The eight focus crimes includedmurder, homicide, rape, physical injury, robbery, carnapping, motornapping, andtheft,” Pico said. “The public was prohibited frombringing knapsacks, pointed sticks, bottled beverages, and deadly weapons forthe safety of the revelers,” said Pico. last_img read more

Ritu Phogat called ‘Female Khabib’, says she’s humbled with Khabib Nurmagomedov comparison

first_img 9 months ago UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov says McGregor needs 10 wins before rematch Written By Also Read- Over In Minutes! Ritu Phogat Knocks Out South Korea’s Kim Nam-hee On Her MMA Debut; WATCHRitu Phogat: ‘The Female Khabib’Before taking a step into MMA, Ritu Phogat has achieved the sky in the wrestling universe. The gold medallist of Commonwealth 2016 games is a world-class wrestler and her wrestling abilities helped her to get a victory in MMA debut. It was one-sided show, as Ritu took down Nam Hee Kim in the first round with a superb clinch and ended the match by landing bombs over the South Korean’s face. Ritu’s superior wrestling skills have made a lot of fans call her as the ‘Female Khabib’ and Ritu Phogat is humbled to be compared with the UFC lightweight champion. In a recent interview with MMA India, Ritu Phogat said that Khabib Nurmagomedov is a great fighter and being compared to him will motivate her to work hard and bring a One Championship belt in India. Also Read- UFC News: Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Ready To Fight Georges St-Pierre After Tony FergusonRitu Phogat: One Championship JourneyMiss Phogat is just one fight old in MMA and she already eyes towards a title shot. According to Ritu, she wants to be the first Indian to get her hands on an MMA gold, since a lot of Indians expect a lot from her and she hopes to live up to the expectation of Indian fans. 9 months ago Ritu Phogat to make mixed martial arts debut on Nov 16 First Published: 20th November, 2019 19:38 IST Ritu Phogat set the Cadillac Arena alight in Beijing by blowing out South Korea’s Nam Hee Kim a.k.a Captain Marvel in her MMA debut. The Indian finished the fight within three minutes and she looked absolutely comfortable with her punches that forced the referee to intervene and stop the fight. Ritu Phogat was successful with her MMA debut and the Indian is already being called ‘The Female Khabib’ of the sport. 9 months ago Over in Minutes! Ritu Phogat knocks out South Korea’s Kim Nam-hee on her MMA debut; WATCH “I don’t take the pressure negatively, I always think positive and hope to live up to their expectations,” said Ritu Phogat. WE RECOMMEND COMMENT 9 months ago UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov considers Mohamed Salah as perfect role model Last Updated: 20th November, 2019 19:38 IST Ritu Phogat Called ‘Female Khabib’, Says She’s Humbled With Khabib Nurmagomedov Comparison Indian wrestler and martial artist Ritu Phogat is being compared with the Dagestani UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov after a successful MMA debut. Know more Also Read- Ritu Phogat To Make Mixed Martial Arts Debut On Nov 16Also Read- UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Considers Mohamed Salah As Perfect Role Model FOLLOW US LIVE TV Raj Sarkar WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US 🇮🇳 DOMINANT DEBUT 🇮🇳Indian phenom Ritu Phogat scores a Round 1 TKO against Nam Hee Kim to pick up her first victory in mixed martial arts! @PhogatRitu#WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #AgeOfDragons pic.twitter.com/J2WCjwAhBT— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) November 16, 2019 9 months ago UFC news: Khabib Nurmagomedov is ready to fight Georges St-Pierre after Tony Fergusonlast_img read more