how the general public perceives employment in agriculture

79% of the French working population say they are ready to retrain for nature and living occupations. A figure that even rises to 87% among those under 25 years of age. 83% of people under 30 would consider moving into this professional sector, and 89% of parents would advise their children under 25 to work there. These are the somewhat surprising results of a study conducted by Cneap as part of National Days of Agriculture 2022, which opens on June 17.

Nature and lively professions are on the rise! This is the perfect time to make them more familiar, as well as the training courses that prepare them. (© Fotolia)

To on the occasion of the 2nd edition of National days of agriculture (JNA), from June 17 to 19, 2022 Cneap (National Council for Private Agricultural Education) implemented in partnership with Viavoice a study on the perception of nature and living occupations among the public (1,000 people surveyed online between May 31 and June 2). It must be remembered that the JNA aims to make citizens aware of the importance and diversity of French agriculture by promoting exchanges with farmers through several events throughout France.

“Look at the earth!” At the National Days of Agriculture

Under the JNA, several agricultural schools are opening their doors to school children, from kindergarten to higher education, including the famous organic Enil in Poligny. Objective: to help them discover how farmers and those who work with them are educated.

83% of “under 30” would go to this field

The first result that emerges: 79% of workers are likely to retrain in this sector and even 87% of those under 25 years of age. Percentages that may be surprising but no doubt linked to covid, which has led to a major professional and lifestyle issue in society. With a clear revival of interest in the landscape and useful and meaningful professions. An unexpected one, which we hope at least in part, will come up with serious projects to replace especially those farmers who are more and more to stop their activity.

A manna for the renewal of generations.

And before that? When should you choose what to do next? Still, according to the survey, 83% of young people under 30 would like to work with nature and the living. And 89% of parents of children under 25 would encourage them to go that route. A percentage in accordance with one’s own desire for professional retraining. Although traditionally it was not the first to encourage them to engage in these sectors.

An “employer” and “innovative” sector

In addition to the Covid effect, other explanations for these higher than expected figures have been sought at first glance. First, 95% of respondents consider these professions to be job providers and 93% find them innovative. In addition, passion is the first job search criterion for 75% of French people. However, it is essential in many nature and living professions. Furthermore, it is the diversity of the latter that seems to attract them the most, although they are more attracted to the environment (82%), as well as landscapes and land use planning (79%). As for the food industry, it is seen by 74% of them as “strategic for tomorrow’s France”.

But 45% of respondents want leisure and 39% “to make as much money as possible”. This does not seem to be compatible with this area of ​​activity, and agriculture in particular. In practice, according to this study, these occupations are still poorly known and still suffer from the same obstacles: their lack of pay (66% of respondents), their difficulties and their demands (58%) and lack of knowledge about training to pursue them ( 40%). Among 18-24-year-olds, this last point is mentioned more than the second (44 against 39%). Overall, only 8% of French people know exactly how to train in this sector.

75% of French people are looking for a passionate job.

“Show the attractiveness of these sectors”

“The study shows what we intuitively knew: science, life appetite is increasing, especially among young people. They are worried about the future of the planet and intend to contribute to it. It’s gratifying, he says Philippe Poussin, Secretary General of Cneap. That agricultural industries perceived as respectful of the environment, whether human or natural. They invite us to take a different look at the world than agricultural education must help to strengthen. »

“L ‘agricultural education is one of the essential pillars, for consciousness on the one hand and training on the other “, which must accompany” the transformation of the societies we experience “, he continues. That is the whole point of the plan”Learning to produce differently“from the Ministry of Agriculture, to which the Cneap network.

Unfortunately, the agreements reached between the two ministries (education and agriculture) have a hard time ‘infusing’ all the way to the actors close to the young people, who are the most important middle school teachers. The attractiveness of agricultural education and the attractiveness of agricultural industries are often mixed. However, this is not the same question: Agricultural education will only educate young people if it is better known upstream, but especially if the professions for which it is preparing show their attractiveness downstream ”.

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