16th May - 5th June
Like other OECD economies, France faces a skill shortage problem as a result of its ageing population, although it is fairly moderate in comparison to other such economies. To address this, the government firstly has to provide the right incentives for workers to remain longer in the workforce as well as attract talent that could be better trained and utilised in those demanded areas. School education requires a transition toward more practically oriented framework in order to best capitalise on the young talent pool that France holds. Nonetheless, the skill shortage areas present a huge opportunity for international students to gain work experience and perhaps secure a stay back option. Depending on the region, France has a shortage of skilled professionals in certain fields, such as engineering, information technology, health care and teaching.