Often deprived of access to the usual odd jobs since the start of the health crisis linked to covid, students are struggling to find a job, two months away from a new summer season. “This year, the offer is for the moment significantly less than in 2019,” notes Françoise Clemenceau, at the Pôle emploi d’Auray agency in charge of the coastal sector of the Quiberon peninsula and neighboring islands. As last year, the economic context has delayed the recruitment of seasonal workers in many companies, leaving candidates worried.
“The summer break, however, is the time to save as much money as possible,” recalls Nicolas, a third-year student of Staps at the University of Western Brittany, in Brest. At 20, the young man thought to find his job as a drink delivery man. “But the boss can’t give me an answer.” Benefiting from an equivalence to Bafa after two years of Staps, his applications for positions of animator were also unsuccessful. So the student waits for the reopening of bars and restaurants in the hope of finding his job from last summer.
The appeal of cafes and restaurants
The leading employer of seasonal workers, the hotel and catering sector is also seeing a great summer. “In Belle-Ile, tourism professionals expect a strong influx of French customers,” says Françoise Clemenceau.
In recent days, pending announcements from Emmanuel Macron, Hubert Jan, the president of the Umih restoration, feared a lack of candidates. “We lost 100,000 jobs, it’s worrying. “” Some of our employees have tasted another life. Getting them back to work in the evening will be complicated, ”notes Ludovic Volant, owner of several establishments in Cornouaille.
The profession, which is struggling to find its “professional” seasonal workers, is turning to students. In the Côtes-d’Armor, the Umih works, alongside Pôle emploi, to recruit candidates without experience. A first “simulation” will be organized on May 20 in Paimpol, on the terrace and in the kitchen.
Idleness not possible
For the Fédé B, the federation of student associations of the UBO, the context raises fears of a very strong demand for summer jobs, after a difficult year economically for the students. At the solidarity grocery store installed in the premises of the Brest science faculty, the number of beneficiaries has tripled, the volunteers note, when it comes time to fill the fridges. Each week, more students are also attending food distributions organized in Quimper and Saint-Brieuc.
“In these conditions, taking a vacation and relaxing is not an option,” for Esmeraldina. The 23-year-old student in master’s of law had found a job late, in the spring of 2020, in the tomato greenhouses. “My scholarship ends in June, I need a job to finance my return to school,” she worries after unsuccessful interviews in supermarkets.
The fear of not finding anything
After a day of distance learning, behind the computer screen, the students balk at the idea of starting research on the internet, in the absence of the usual forums intended to put them in touch with employers. “There is impatience,” says Justine Chancerelle, animator at the Lorient Youth Information Office. As everywhere in Brittany, the advisers have developed digital solutions: “Findingjob.bzh” in Lorient.
In Brest, the farmers decided to go and find the young people directly in the neighborhoods next summer. For the shallot harvest (a thousand seasonal jobs from June 20 to July 20), Anefa, in charge of promoting agricultural jobs, will allow a dozen young Brest residents to work, in connection with an association of area.
Despite the general mobilization, the fear of finding nothing remains strong. Particularly for students looking for a job abroad. A third-year engineering student, Morgan had to end his year with an international stay and hoped to get a job: “I tried Ireland and Northern Europe because the United Kingdom c ‘has been complicated since Brexit. I sent about ten cover letters, but it didn’t work ”. The summer job was to allow him to finance his trip. Without an answer, the 20-year-old said he was ready for anything: shelving, mechanics or agriculture.
He may have to be patient: at the Lorient Youth Information Office, everything seems to indicate a usual season, despite a delay in recruiting.
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