• The Versailles Academy is organizing a 4-day job dating this week to recruit 2,000 contract workers in four departments: Yvelines, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine and Val-d'Oise.

  • A first of its kind, because the difficulties of recruitment in the academy are real and the start of the new school year promises to be tense in certain establishments.

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    was able to discuss with certain candidates, very motivated by these renewable one-year contracts.

This Tuesday, the Alfred Kaslter high school in Pontoise (Val-d'Oise) turned into a recruitment firm.

Because the academy of Versailles organizes its first job dating to hire contract teachers, but also AESH (accompanying students with disabilities), psychologists from the National Education, nurses and school doctors.

A major operation since it is spread over 4 days* and aims to recruit 2,000 contract workers for September.

It must be said that the next school year promises to be tense, because the teacher competitions are far from having filled up this year, especially in maths, German, letters or for the positions of school teachers.

A particularly glaring national problem in certain academies.

Like those of Versailles, where we counted for example this year 484 eligible for 1,430 posts of school teachers.

"They want to change jobs and practice a profession that has meaning"

On the forecourt of the school, candidates, CVs in hand and stress slung over their shoulders, are waiting to pass an interview with one of the 28 juries present.

In the queue were also people who do not have an appointment and have just come to find out about careers in education.

A continuous flow that gives a smile to Benoît Verschaeve, the Secretary General of the Academy of Versailles: "It's a real success: 1,600 people have registered for an interview over one of the 4 days, and we are counting on around 2,000 visitors during job dating.

Applicants with very diverse profiles: “We know that 45% hold a bac +5 level diploma, that 25% are candidates in retraining.

But there are also students at the end of their course, job seekers…”, describes Guylène Mouquet-Burtin,

Job interviews last 30 minutes and are conducted by National Education inspectors, educational advisers, management staff or members of the ministry's human resources.

Among them, André Lacoste, management staff, continues the interviews: “We come across people for whom the Covid-19 crisis has been a catalyst: they want to change jobs and exercise a profession that has meaning.

This morning, a young woman who worked in auditing told me that earning a lot of money wasn't everything, that she aspired to something else,” he says.

“I want to become a school teacher”

A desire to change paths that is that of Ludovic, 38 years old: “I worked as a sales executive in the defense sector.

I want to get out of business to go to knowledge, “explains the one who is applying for a job as an SES teacher in high school.

A position for which he can hope to receive a salary of around 2,300 euros gross, far from what he received in the private sector.

“But I will gain in quality of life, have more time for my family,” he smiles, before turning on his heels.

Marie, 28, is also in retraining: “I am a journalist.

And I've wanted to work with children for a long time.

I like to learn and transmit.

I want to become a school teacher, first by occupying a contract position, then by passing the competition”.

In the next room, Djamila, 51, takes leave of the jury.

She leaves, looking confident: “My interview went well.

They asked me questions about my background, my teaching methods.

They were benevolent and I think that my experience of thirteen years as a French trainer for foreigners interested them.

Because I want to teach allophones in a Clin (initiation class for non-French speakers).


“I will work all summer on my courses”

If the substance of the interviews is serious, the form seems relaxed.

You can even hear a few bursts of laughter.

Alexis, 22, pulls out a big smile.

“I explained to the jury my approach: I have just finished a degree in modern letters and I want to be a school teacher for a year, in order to be sure and certain that this job suits me.

Then, I will go back to my studies and I will take the exam.

I believe that I convinced the jury, because it offered me lots of scenarios, ”he describes.

An enthusiasm that contrasts with the prevailing discourse on the crisis of vocations in National Education and the lack of attractiveness of professions: “We see, through the interviews, that the candidates are not there by default.

They have a real appetite for teaching”, insists Benoît Verschaeve.

Still, they will now have to be patient.

“No one will have an answer today.

We will take the time to study their file and call back the candidates who apply for secondary education for an interview with an inspector of their discipline, ”explains André Lacoste.

And if they're caught, they'll have a lot on their plate.

Because if the academy plans to welcome them from the end of August and train them for a week, they will also have to prepare their first lessons.

“I am well aware that the training that will be provided to us will not be sufficient at all.

I intend to prepare myself by using the resources of the Eduscol site, read a lot and speak with as many teachers as possible,” says Marie.

“I will work all summer on my lessons.

It does not scare me, ”also launches Ludovic.

To support those who will embark on the deep end, the academy has also planned to provide them with a teaching tutor throughout the year.

“We want them to feel supported and want to stay in National Education,” emphasizes Guylène Mouquet-Burtin.


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* After Monday's job dating which took place at the Versailles rectorate and Tuesday's at the Alfred Kaslter high school in Pontoise, Thursday's will take place at the Palaiseau international high school (Essonne) and Friday's at the Prefecture of Nanterre (Hauts -de-Seine).

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