On Thursday 6 February 2020, the national employment agency ADEM and the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts organised a job day dedicated to different trades in the craft industry.
This type of event aims to allow job seekers to meet potential future employers in person. The focus of this edition, held at the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts, was on several professions sought by the 35 companies present, namely carpenters, painters, tilers, gardeners and electricians.
Isabelle Schlesser, director of ADEM, recalled that this type of job day is now organised on a regular basis: “By talking directly with the employer, the candidate increases his / her chances of obtaining the job concerned. Indeed, he / she can demonstrate face to face his / her motivation and social skills, elements which do not always stand out when reading a CV”.
The event organisers, the ADEM and the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts, have collaborated very closely since the signing of a partnership in 2015 aimed in particular at organising joint actions such as the job day in order to put job seekers in direct contact with employers who are recruiting in the craft sector.
According to Marc Gross, director of social affairs within the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts: “Given the constant need for labour in the craft industry, the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts considers cooperation with ADEM as one of its priorities. The craft sector has seen a shortage of personnel, especially qualified ones, for years and is therefore targeting all existing labour pools". He added: "The meetings of recent years have shown that the organisation of speed-dating for job seekers, including beneficiaries of international protection, represents a successful formula, allowing the integration of a good number of candidates in the sector and especially young people to whom professional prospects can be offered”.
Following today's event, the ADEM and the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts are organising two other craft-related job days this year, on 19 May and 15 October 2020.