The city of Nantes in France recently played host to an international recruitment event to mirror their national event.
In the same format as the city’s traditional job fair, entitled Place à l’Emploi
(Place of Employment), the new Place à l’Europe
(Place in Europe) event focused on opportunities in Nantes and further afield, asking jobseekers where in Europe they would like to be based. This is the second time that EURES France has organised such an event.
In late September, EURES Advisers, jobseekers, and foreign and some local employers gathered in a shopping gallery in Nantes. The local employers that were present all had a specific European dimension (e.g. European customers) to their company, and were working with EURES to attract employees from elsewhere in Europe to come and work for them.
EURES Advisers from France and Sweden were present at the fair to give jobseekers advice on living and working conditions in their countries. Approximately 90 employers exhibited at the fair and were from a variety of sectors, including banking, insurance, the environment, the food-processing industry and construction.
Advice and opportunities
More than 1 000 jobseekers in total visited the event. The EURES stand received about 350 jobseekers who were interested in mobility in Europe and job opportunities. “A lot of them picked up information and job opportunities from our Swedish colleagues. Recruitment for work abroad can sometimes take longer, so results are not known immediately,” says EURES Adviser Marie Françoise Moysan, from France.
Two months prior to the event two technicians’ posts in Sweden were filled via the EURES network. The employer came to speak at the Nantes event about those recruitments and to express her satisfaction with the service.
“Of course we hope to host a similar event again, inviting other foreign colleagues to promote work in their countries,” concludes Marie Françoise.