“Fighting unemployment is inseparable from the ideal society we want to build. This is the ambition which leads Marc Godefroy, Counsellor and Lille Metropole’s team in their actions to fight long-term unemployment.
To support the 61 000 long-term unemployed of the area, Lille Metropole has developed a specific set of strategies towards employment, with a specific focus on social economy as a way to reach those furthest from the labour market. Within the framework of a national law adopted in 2016, the metropole implemented a pilot project of ‘communities with no more long-term unemployment’. There, no one is considered unemployable. Without any selection process and on the basis of the skills of the people, their projects and the local needs, the previously long-term unemployed are hired in open-ended contracts and provided with the opportunity to develop their activity (such as urban market gardening, house service, social solidarity grocery, solidarity garage etc.) 150 contracts have been signed so far, funded under the understanding that this money is invested in people rather than in the benefits they would be entitled to.
This innovative approach was the focus of the joint policy transfer between the working groups Employment, Smart Social Inclusion and Entrepreneurship and SMEs on 27-29 May 2019. The 39 experts from 15 cities could engage in discussions to transfer know-how from Lille Metropole’s practice, but also debate with high level representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the OECD and the French Ministry. A site visit complemented the policy transfer to get the perspective of project managers and beneficiaries from the ‘Job Factory’
Learn more about this policy transfer by watching the video here
This activity is part of the EUROCITIES mutual learning programme for cities working on employment at local level, which receives funding support from the European programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) under the strategic partnership with the European Commission DG EMPL.