prepare teams and support them for change
Territory HR diagnosis

By setting up a specific strategy in the area of forward planning of jobs and territorial skills - GPECT

Strategic skills :


not imitable,

not substitutable,

non transferable

What skills are essential for the territory and for companies?

Specific territorial skills

Which skills cannot be relocated?

What is that?

Specific skills bring together a set of knowledge, behavior and technical know-how linked to a company or a territory. The specific skills that are linked to a company are the best known because they are the ones that are at the origin of the specialization of the company in its core business. For the territory, it is the same logic. Skills can be specific to a territory, to its cultural, social or economic context. As a result, these skills make it possible to characterize the local development of the territory, to build an economic and social identity that is unique to it. The specific skills cannot be transferred to other territories, they do not leave its local space easily and are therefore not transferable. Thus, an underwater welder, for example, has difficulty transferring this skill to other companies.

As important as these skills are, they are hardly valued within companies and even less in territories.

Why the specific territorial competences?


T he specific territorial skills are a development axis at the heart of the territory's economy and employment strategy. Thus, in concrete terms, regions can join forces with companies to promote the emergence of these skills, either through initial training or through continuing training in companies.

Around the specific skills thus identified, local actors (companies, institutions, associations, employees) can build a common work strategy

How? 'Or' What ?


Developed after 6 years of university research, the method combines an economic diagnostic phase to identify the key sectors of the territory, followed by a phase of semi-structured interviews on the basis of a questionnaire focused on strategic skills.

Tested on several sites in Figeac (rural) and Erdre et Gesvres (peri-urban), the identification of specific territorial skills was carried out with businesses in the area.

The sectors concerned are agriculture, agro-food, the aeronautical and mechanical industry, and personal services.

Depending on the territory, specific territorial skills can be sought by targeting key sectors.

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The territory project is an important document which aims to structure all the actions of the territory. The care taken in its drafting is essential so that it can be appropriate by the greatest number of local actors.

The territorial project that we are proposing has the particularity of being able to be set up according to specific angles: social, environmental or through the bonus of specific resources. Consequently, it is not based solely on a general "inventory" of the territory but on a diagnosis constructed from "actors' words".

Three phases can be put in place to carry out the territory project: preparation and training of teams, construction of specific issues and resources and finally, writing of the territory project.

The working method is here inherent in our intervention philosophy . We come to support local teams and our objective is not to replace them. Therefore, training is included in the service so that the local team can more easily integrate the process of carrying out the territory project. It will therefore be able to keep "control" over the method and ultimately intervene in each of its phases.

Preparation of the territory project


Preparation begins with a territorial diagnosis phase. This is mainly documented by the work carried out on the territory by various bodies, it will be a question of identifying the various infra-territorial issues, of highlighting the external factors of influence and this, according to the actors of the territory. .

The analyzes will also cover a relatively "long" time in order to understand how these issues are likely to affect the territory project.

Preparation also involves a day of internal training for teams in methods of territorial prospective.


Supplying the territory project


After this first phase, a series of surveys is conducted among stakeholders in the territory and its inhabitants.

Several more or less participatory approaches can be proposed depending on the available time of the teams, the willingness of the partners and the management of the project.

Drafting of the territory project

The third phase of the territory project consists in drafting with the local team, the final document of the territory project.

The document covers all the phases and specifies the conditions and means for the emergence of a territorial community that can be shared with the inhabitants, businesses and other players in the territory.

Finally, a strategic communication time could be dedicated in order to discuss and exchange widely around the territory project.


The Forecast Management of Jobs and Territorial Skills (GPECT) is a tool that comes to us from companies. Initially, it is called GPEC and its purpose is to organize, develop and manage skills as part of a short, medium and long term strategy.

GPEC takes into account the highly fluctuating environment and the needs of individuals and relates them to those of organizations


GPEC finds its full interest when it is not simply a tool in the service of an organizational strategy but a unifying approach capable of taking into account individual needs, those of companies and those of the territories in a medium-sized approach. long term.

GPEC Territoriale's approach complements, reinforces and gives consistency to existing employment policies in the territory.

Considered in a participatory and prospective manner, the Territorial GPEC becomes a proactive strategy for territorial change. It is a pillar in the construction of territorial resilience and a more human and ecological economy.

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A Territorial GPEC approach

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Territory HR diagnosis
Diagnosis is like an art photograph

Son but n'est pas de montrer la réalité mais de la montrer à partir d'un point de vue

Why a regional HR diagnosis?

For more than 40 years, demographers, geographers, economists and all the attentive players in the territory have witnessed a reversal of demographic trends.


The rural environment has ceased to be the field of exodus by becoming spaces for life projects, economic projects, refuge areas for city dwellers fleeing the city and its pressures.


In the years to come, especially when the consequences of COVID will be even more palpable, the comparative advantage in favor of rural territories will become overwhelming and this underlying trend could see a significant acceleration. However, the consequences in terms of general skills of the inhabitants are numerous.



The diagnosis makes it possible to respond to this need to understand HR developments, to identify the main skills in order to be able to make the best use of them and to prepare training systems within companies and regions.

What are the new skills of the inhabitants of the territory?

Is our territory positioned to respond to economic and environmental challenges

What human resources do the territory have?

Which territories are concerned?


All rural and peri-urban areas are concerned, but areas that are particularly in the grip of rapid change are even more so.


Whether it is due to the fact of a business move, the reception of a new public infrastructure, the proximity of major urban centers ... population flows can prove to be particularly important.

Therefore, the analysis of territorial competences by a complete and precise diagnosis is necessary.

Few institutional or associative actors are specialized in this approach, which is why we propose to carry out this diagnosis in conjunction with local teams.