Museums, new vectors for employment

Faced with persistent unemployment rates, reintegration organizations seem to have found new vectors to return to work in museums, albeit unexpectedly for both applicants and their own activities.

The shortest path between two points is not always a straight line. Proof of this is reintegration. Although more than 2.3 million people are unemployed in France, including one in three for more than a year, some museums are inviting them to return home to restore their self-confidence. “We started to take a step with sports or culinary actors to re-engage the most vulnerable viewers and get them back to work.Frédéric Danel, regional director of the Hauts-de-France employment center, is convinced. Looking for new levers to encourage job seekers, we turned to art. » Launched on 7 December 2021 at the Louvre-Lens, the Art of Access to Employment scheme brings together 84 Pole emploi agencies in the region with around sixty cultural players in music, theater and heritage. , from the Art Museum. To the Situation Publique in Cambrai Rubaix. The starting point is simple: turn a work of art into a working object in the service of returning to work. “Art allows everyone to express their feelings, skills, know-how without risk, because through an object outside of them”Zohra Elbasri, partnership manager at Pôle emploi Hauts-de-France, observes.

These people come with the hard-to-carry label of the unemployed. It is up to us to get them out of this bind. We do not replace the reintegration counselor, but we support them with our work », explains Juliette Barthélémy, responsible for mediation projects at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille. Visits are offered according to the unusual reading of the works. In front of’Odysseus fell By Théophile-François-Marcel Bra, participants share their feelings about the character’s posture. The observed weariness and sadness contrast with the grandiose imagination around the hero: the difference between what we show and what we are can be significant. These identity elements are then reworked in a workshop with Pôle Emploi.

Fighting the invisibility of museum professions

Two job interviews were arranged in the form of more original, mock auctions, the last one in early November. One day, the auctioneer, the job seeker, symbolically sells five paintings from the collections of the Lille museum to an audience of recruits. “They guided historical and artistic content through workshops on art history, speaking, breathing or stress management.– recalls Juliette Barthélémy. It is up to them to find the best selling points, to express themselves in public, to learn to be assertive. Lots of assets that recruiters are looking for. » Such is the success that the Pôle Emploi of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region is adopting the system for testing at Mucem in Marseille. During the six months of its existence, the program reached 400 job seekers through 80 transactions. Since then, one in two has returned to training or found work.

At the Palace of Versailles, the results are more convincing. As part of the Job Academy, 50 of the 71 people supported since 2015 found work within six months. Protected for 10 years for a network of 200 Ile-de-France businesses, the château is included for this course of support led by the Act Against Exclusions (FACE) foundation in Yvelines. “Turning the vision of the historical monument into an employer of various professions”, says Jacqueline Le Floch Berger, responsible for the foundation’s employment missions. As every year, around ten people with social difficulties will be welcomed to follow general workshops led by the communication and human resources teams in January next year, and six voluntary one-on-one meetings with a ‘godfather’ or ‘godmother’ will be organized out of fifty. tradesmen working in the field. “We are a public cultural institution, but we also have an economic roleemphasizes Sévérine Duroselle, director of human resources at the Palace of Versailles, which manages some 857 permanent agents. Furthermore, this system emphasizes agents’ professions: certain tasks, such as surveillance, are often invisible. “Meetings around godchildren allow to meet unfamiliar colleagues and to federate teams.”

A new audience

In Bordeaux, the TAPAJ (Alternative Work Paid by the Day) reintegration scheme, which until now focused on manual street weeding missions, is also taking over museums. After five years of scattered activities offered to young people in reintegration, the museum of Aquitaine struggled to find the 12,500 euros needed to expand the system this year. The sponsorship of the EDF Foundation and Mutualia Mécénat made it possible to assign 200 hours of paid work for six young people over six months. “The process to get acquainted with the museum, as well as the work, is carried out in several stages. First, we offer jobs for envelopes or drawing rooms. Then we move on to checking missions or mediating missions with the librarian. Now we have two young women who come to the museum every week.”welcomes Katia Kukawka, deputy director of the institution.

The observation is the same in Lille. “We don’t have exact numbers.shade Juliette Barthélémy, but we see that these men return with an escort and with pride. They came to an unknown place, they return as ambassadors. In this society where everything must be quantified to be valid, the effects of the museum are unquantifiable and therefore little understood. They say it makes the guest happy, but what does that mean? For the person in charge of mediation, it is urgent to start studies to prove that the museum saves money: disease prevention or employment.

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