They welcome children in the morning before class, accompany them during lunch, and keep them busy in all kinds of activities in the evening, until the parents arrive. Will there be enough animators extracurricular to supervise schoolchildren in the Nantes region? The question arises as this year, even more than usual, the candidates are missing. Moreover, the teams are not fully formed on this back-to-school day and “urgent” job offers, coming from many towns in the metropolis, are multiplying.
In Nantes, the Léon-Lagrange association, which is in charge of this (775 employees), for example launched, last week,
recruitment about fifty additional posts. Needs imposed by a still strict health protocol in schools and a higher risk of absenteeism due to Covid. “We have about ten animators left
to recruit, we indicated on Tuesday on the side of the town hall of Rezé, which employs about 200. The needs are particularly strong but the teams are used to: we will therefore be able to ensure the start of the school year, the time that everything is regulated and that the families register their children … ”
An unattractive profession
It must be said that the puzzle is not new, and not specifically from Nantes, in a sector where turnover is high. “At each start of the school year, approximately 10% of the workforce must be replaced who have gone to do something else,” reports Fouad Sehabi, director of the Léo-Lagrange Ouest extracurricular mission. We also have about ten departures each month. “Defects often motivated by split schedules, mostly part-time contracts, and a salary deemed unattractive (the hourly rate is around 10% higher than the minimum wage)…. when other more specific demands do not lead to strike movements that have occurred regularly in recent years. “We are too often just in time and this deteriorates the activities offered to children,” says a professional, who wishes to remain anonymous. Our job description is too demanding with regard to the salary and the means, whereas at the end of the day, it is the most beautiful job in the world! “
On this last point, the employers agree. “It’s a very rich job, where we work as a team, at the level of the children but also in connection with the families,” says Fouad Sehabi of Leo-Lagrange. We do everything: reading, sport, eco-citizenship … with the mission of ensuring the physical, emotional and moral safety of the child. There are interesting training and development possibilities. “Aware of certain constraints, the municipalities are trying to make them more flexible, for example by offering additional working hours in another municipal service or by modifying the contracts.
“Even if they are not available every day, interested students can apply and we will see how to adapt to their availability,” assures Isabelle Coirier, elected in charge of education at the city of Rezé. There is not necessarily a qualification required, although Bafa is highly recommended. We will look at the profiles of all those who want to get involved by bringing in ideas and novelty. “