Europe’s largest retailer Carrefour plans to empower 15,000 young workers next year in France, with half the recruits coming from impoverished neighborhoods, its boss Alexandre Bompard said on Tuesday.
“Some 750,000 youngsters enter the labor market each year,” Bompard told RTL radio, talking about workers under the age of 25.
“It is always hard for them to discover their place. This year, for what we can call the ‘COVID Generation’, it’s incredibly complicated. Doors are closed because many companies face difficulties.”
“We are the number one employer in France. We cannot stay idle,” he said. “I have decided that we will hire 15,000 youngsters next year, 50% more than usual, and I want 50% of these youngsters to come from underprivileged neighborhoods.”
The jobs offered will be long-term apprenticeships and contracts.
Carrefour engages 321,000 people globally, including 105,000 in France.