In the French city of Grenoble,l it’s another busy day at this building material supplier.
Business is booming for the Samse Group that has outlets across France.
To keep growing the company needs more staff.
But it’s struggling to find skilled workers.
We have 5300 staff but 216 job vacancies.
We mainly need salespeople, forklift drivers and tellers.
It’s really hard to find people, who are specialized in areas such as woodwork.
So it’s difficult for us to recruit staff with the skills we need.
The boss says that 20 years ago people joined young, trained on the job and worked their way up.
But today that’s rare.
Because fewer people are attracted to industry.
We can’t fill vacancies internally anymore, so we must recruit externally.
But the skills we need are not always taught in training schools.
So there’s a lack of available talent.
We train in-house but it’s not enough.
France is experiencing its biggest economic growth in six years.
But nearly half of its manufacturing companies find it hard to recruit staff, even though unemployment is high.
Experts say the labor shortage could slow growth.
There is no clear impediment for growth in the next few months.
But the labor shortages can be a real drag for growth in the next few quarters.
The French government wants to fix the country’s labor shortage and get more young people into work
It’s already reformed the Labor Law, allowed the workplace to be more flexible.
And it wants to boost the number of training and apprenticeship schemes, like this one.
Teachers at this school near Paris hope the government’s focus on training will improve the image of apprenticeships and create more opportunities.
When a young person arrives at a company with two years of training like this, they are much more attractive.
And it’s what companies want.
I want to learn as much as possible here, then one day open my own company.
To what extent the government’s reforms will ease the labor shortage won’t be clear for few years.
But investing in this generation can only help the economy in the future