March 12. 2018
Employment and Labor Minister Kim Young-joo visited Creche Municipale Baress and Creche Babilou Madeleine, a hub private childcare center, in France on March 12th.
France has strengthened early childhood education function of creches which used to simply look after children of dual-earner families with low incomes.
It has also implemented various policies aimed at expanding childcare facilities and supporting families in order to address low fertility and population decline. As a result, the country is viewed as an exemplary case of improving fertility rates.
* The employment rate for women in France stands at 61.4%, slightly below the OECD average of 62.8% (56.2% in Korea).
* France's total fertility rate is 1.92 children per woman, the highest in Europe (1.17 children per woman in Korea).
Creche Municipale Baress is located in a transportation hub. It is just 240meters away from Hotel de Ville, a transit station on metro line nos. 1 and 11, and adjacent to line 7.
Creche Babilou Madeleine is also located in a transportation hub close to five metro lines and attracts many dual-earner parents.
* Creche Babilou Madeleine is France's number one childcare service provider that runs 300 workplace childcare centers (20 in Paris). Many private and public companies, including L'Oreal, Dior and Gaz de France, entrust it to take care of their employees' children.
Recently, France, too, has preferred to set up a joint childcare facility for workers from multiple companies in a transportation hub, as shown by these childcare centers.
This model is similar to hub public childcare centers currently pursued by the Ministry of Employment and Labor.
The hub public childcare centers are a new kind of childcare center which is established and operated jointly by the State and a local government in the vicinity of a residential area where many SME workers live or in a transportation hub.
During her visit, the Minister said that the policy of setting up private childcare centers in hub areas is designed for SME workers who are more likely to be neglected in terms of childcare support.
She emphasized again that establishing hub childcare centers is an important task the State must implement to create an environment for workers to strike a balance between work and life.
On the morning of March 13th, Minister Kim met with France's Labour Minister Ms. Muriel Penicaud. At the meeting, they agreed to strengthen not only bilateral cooperation between the two countries but also cooperation through international organizations, such as the ILO, in the area of labor and employment.
In particular, they agreed to conduct joint research so that both countries can eliminate discrimination against women in their labor markets and respond effectively to the impact of rapid technological advancement on jobs. They also agreed to hold a working-level discussion on that matter soon.
In the afternoon, Minister Kim visited Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et Metiers (CNAM), a national university dedicated to providing lifelong vocational education and training, where she discussed training in new industries and the university's measures to manage the quality of its education.
CNAM is a national university established to guarantee people's right to lifelong education and training in France.
It is a large network university with its headquarters in Paris and 29 local branches and 158 education centers across the country.
The university is responding proactively to industrial changes, such as the fourth industrial revolution. For example, it has recently established more than 30 new education courses in 'big data and AI', 'autonomous vehicle', and etc.
Prompted by the Minister's visit, CNAM and Korea Polytehnics signed an MOU for mutual exchange and cooperation in the field of vocational education and training.
The signing of the MOU paved a way for Korea Polytechnics with 34 campuses across the country to benchmark the advanced system of CNAM with a nationwide network.
The two universities will seek cooperation in various areas, including the development of vocational skills programs, training for teachers and instructors and collaboration with private firms.