Worksites: key players in a city for all

Lyon Confluence has been committed for nearly 10 years to promoting employment on the worksites that it manages. This advocacy has been strengthened since 2012 through the signing of the “Charter of 1,000”* and the inclusion of employment provisions in public procurement. The stakes? Allow jobseekers to benefit from the dynamic environment created by urban development work taking place in the neighbourhood. This reflects the social commitment of the sustainable action plan defined with WWF. What are the outcomes? And how do we extend this dynamic to private operators? Some insights.

* Led by Métropole de Lyon and Maison Lyon pour l’Emploi


Construction site, parking, photo, crane, worker, companion

Le chantier du parking mutualisé - (c) Jérémy Mathieu - 2017

“The commitment to employment is a key part of the objective of the sustainable and smart city, driven by SPL Lyon Confluence, a local public enterprise. The social aspect is one of the criteria, as well as quality of life, the natural environment and creativity,” explains Marie-Paule Coassy, project manager at Lyon Confluence. For 10 years, first through partnerships with training organisations, then with the signing of the “Charter of 1,000” in 2012, Lyon Confluence has been developing its activities to build employability and train people disconnected from the labour market for some time. A proactive approach (Lyon Confluence is not subject to any legal obligation in this area) contributes to economic balance and development in the local territory. By signing the Charter established by Métropole de Lyon and Maison Lyon pour l’Emploi, SPL Lyon Confluence joins 460 economic stakeholders with the same objectives.


Equivalent of 290 months of full time employment in 4 years

Lyon Confluence sets the number of employment hours in the specifications for contractors. It varies based on the sectors of activity and the type of work to be performed but mainly concerns construction and landscaping. Construction of the locker room of Sonny Anderson Stadium, demolition of Building 42 Quai Perrache, rehabilitation of Girard Hall and 11 other developments were subject to performance of the employment provisions. The Saône embankment and development of Quay Rambaud involved more than 3,000 hours (equivalent to two full-time jobs for a year) for the installation of floor coverings, dry utilities, plants and playgrounds. In total, 66 people have already benefited from 44,000 hours of employment, the equivalent of 290 months of full-time work. From time to time, SPL Lyon Confluence calls on 124 specialised employment-integration services for work performed only by contractual job placement: green areas and site restoration.


Commitment that must benefit the greatest number

Les résultats sont là et certaines entreprises se mobilisent fortement et dépassent l’objectif initialement prévu. L’enjeu est toutefois de parvenir à ce que cette disposition soit profitable à tous. Pour éviter qu’elle ne bénéficie quasi exclusivement à un public masculin, Lyon Confluence l’a étendue par exemple au domaine des services. « Pour le futur parking mutualisé, la clause d’insertion a aussi porté sur des prestations de conception par les architectes et bureaux d’étude. L’occasion de proposer des heures de travail à de jeunes diplômés en difficulté » ajoute Marie-Paule Coassy.


How do you expand the process?

Lyon Confluence is piloting an initiative to encourage private project owners to create job placement hours. The initial meeting was held in 2016 to raise awareness and show them the support from which they can benefit. The participation of Association Compagnons Bâtisseurs on worksites is also under consideration.


Number of companies (micro-businesses and small businesses, temporary work agencies and major construction, landscaping and service companies) involved in the initiative

Percentage of people who benefited from the initiative who obtained stable employment (permanent employment contracts or fixed-term contracts greater than 6 months) after finishing the related job


"Charter of 1,000": importance of the rebound effect

Viewpoint of Bertrand le Gallou, policy officer, Maison Lyon pour l’Emploi.

“By signing the “Charter of 1,000”, organisations commit themselves to jobseekers. In exchange, we support them by providing:
- A contact person to address their issues;
- A direct link with local partners: Pôle Emploi (the French agency for employment), associations, etc.; and
- Support for hiring jobseekers in sectors relevant to events and workshops.
Another benefit for charter signatories is the sharing of best practice through the growing network. In this context, the commitment of a partner like SPL Lyon Confluence is significant because it generates a rebound effect: some companies associated with SPL then adhere to the charter.”


Securing career paths

Viewpoint of Philippe Dumont, head of HR at Eiffage Roads and Eiffage Infrastructure.

“The employment provisions set out by SPL Lyon Confluence offer an opportunity to people excluded from the labour market to find paths to employment. This is the case for the work on the future shared car park, built by the Eiffage/Spie Foundations consortium. One person managing vehicle flow received job placement hours, and we then granted the person a fixed-term contract. The employment provisions improve the work history of beneficiaries and open up new opportunities for them afterwards. Exchanges and method sharing between SPL Lyon Confluence and Maison Lyon pour l’Emploi are innovative, ongoing and of high quality. This support helps us find candidates and, above all, facilitate the success of job placement for beneficiaries.”