Public Services for Employment
The “Service Public de l’Emploi” helps jobseekers access and return to work, and to secure career development for all workers
In France, organizations grouped under the Service Public de l’Emploi, provide benefit and support for jobseekers. The SPE fulfils his missions through the reception, the support, the training and the integration of jobseekers. His missions include unemployment benefits and the placing of jobseekers. The service public de l’emploi is made up of several types of organizations, each of which provides specific services:
• Public services responsible for employment and professional equality: Pôle Emploi *, the AFPA, the UNÉDIC.
• Town halls and local public initiatives promoting youth workforce integration, and housing for working residents may also be involved
• In addition, public or private organizations offering placement, integration, training, and jobseeker support services that have signed agreements with the state, as well as temporary employment and placement agencies may also be involved.
Various agreements exist for planning collaborative initiatives...
Benefits available to jobseekers
Objective: facilitate the return to work
Assistance and replacement income
In addition to measures facilitating the reconversion, jobseekers can, under certain conditions, benefit from allowances to replace their salary.
To have unemployment benefits, jobseekers must prove that they are taking ongoing initiatives to find a job, and agree to counseling, support or training offered by Pôle Emploi, and any reasonable job offer presented as part of a personalized job access project (Projet personnalisé d’accès à l’emploi ou PPAE).
Once a jobseeker has registered, and after an in depth interview between the jobseeker and Pôle Emploi, a PPAE is developed.
• The types of job that correspond to the jobseeker’s qualifications and skills, to standard wage of the profession and to the geographic area of the search;
• The types of job the job seeker would like to consider for reconversion;
• The training necessary for job outlined by the project, with priority given to training programs provided as part of a work contract.
Throughout the unemployment period, Pôle Emploi monitors and updates the progress of the PPAE. Additional assistance may be provided to facilitate the return to work...
Measures to facilitate return to work
Pôle Emploi assistances
Except for services targeted to specific types of jobseekers, the assistance provided by Pôle Emploi is intended for all jobseekers, regardless of whether or not they qualify for unemployment insurance.
• Assistance services are aimed at facilitating skill development through:
- providing training before recruitment,
- POE (“operational preparation”) training for specific job,
- approved training courses,
- assistance for individual training,
- compensation for training course completion (R2F),
- assistance to cover costs associated with training (meals, accommodation, transport),
- assistance to have work experience recognized,
- assistance for employers as part of a professionalization contract;
• Assistance to remove barriers to finding a job:
- support for returning to work (travel expenses, dual residence, or moving costs when a new job is far away from the person’s home),
- financing assistance for obtaining a driver's license
- job search assistance (travel expenses, transportation costs),
- childcare assistance (for single parents returning to work or training).
Available information on www.unedic.org in English, French, German and Spanish. Download Compensation and accompanying of Jobseekers In france.