Galicia opens an Employability Activation “Hub” that will promote insertion in the region over the next five years

Galicia opens an Employability Activation “Hub” that will promote insertion in the region over the next five years

This initiative adapts career guidance to the latest trends in the labor market. A new type of Employment Shuttles that will begin its activities in Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña

Unemployed people aged 18 to 60 can participate in the free, blended training actions. Registration is open until March 29 through the following online form:

‘Employability Activation Hubs’ is promoted by the Santa María la Real Foundation and the Iberdrola Foundation, with co-financing from the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) and the Xunta of Galicia

‘Employability Activation Hubs’ is the new career guidance program that promotes job placement through the most innovative techniques in employability, advice from specialized technical personnel, and the latest trends in the current labor market. Galicia opens a “Hub” in Santiago de Compostela to promote the integration of both unemployed people from the city and other locations in the region.

This initiative, completely free and in a blended format, provides updated guidance to unemployed people between 18 and 60 years old. It will be guided by specialists and adapted to the needs of its participants, also taking into account their special situation of vulnerability.

‘Employability Activation Hubs’ is promoted by the Santa María la Real Foundation and the Iberdrola Foundation, with co-financing from the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), under the State Program for Social Inclusion, Child Guarantee and Fight against Poverty (CCI). 2021ES05SFPR003); and also co-financing from the Xunta of Galicia.

This was presented today at a press conference, with the participation of the Head of Territorial Development of the Employment and Social Inclusion Area at the Santa María la Real Foundation, Sonia González; the Head of Social Action and Training and Research of the Iberdrola Foundation, Teresa Rodríguez de Tembleque, and the Secretary General of Employment, Self-Employment and Social Economy of the Xunta de Galicia, Pablo Fernández.

“This new approach to the ‘Employment Shuttle’ program, with a decade of experience and good results, reinforces the special commitment of our foundation towards territorial development and social inclusion, also focusing attention on an updated orientation, to adapt to the new techniques of the labor market to promote insertion,” highlighted the director of the Santa María la Real Foundation, Álvaro Retortillo.

“At Fundación Iberdrola España, we are committed to training and employability. Therefore, through this project, we not only provide employment opportunities, but we also build a path towards a greener future and a more equitable society,” explained Teresa Rodríguez de Tembleque, from Fundación Iberdrola.

The general secretary of Support for Emprego, Self-Employed Labor and Social Economy, Pablo Fernández, highlighted the opportunity for collective and individual empowerment that this initiative offers to unemployed people, by providing them with support and training. He stressed the search, through this project, for public-private collaboration to help the people who need it most in their incorporation into a job market that needs specific profiles.

Digital and Green Skills Pathways

The project seeks the personal and professional activation of unemployed people, as well as the promotion of their employability through transversal skills and the most in-demand skills in the current labor market. Its participants receive support in labor intermediation to contact companies or access job offers to boost their chances of insertion.

It seeks to reduce the digital divide and promotes training in ‘green skills’ to apply for emerging positions. Its participants receive guidance from guidance and ‘green employment’ professionals, as well as mental health, to manage stress in the face of unemployment or job uncertainty. They prepare as a team to successfully pass job interviews, use the most current digital tools to search for employment, and know how to focus on their professional goal.

Activities in Santiago de Compostela and A Corula

In the next five years, the HUB of Galicia will host projects with a duration of seven months, in which three activities are combined: “Active Employment Shuttle” and “Despega”, both with fixed headquarters, and “Nomadic Employment Shuttle”, which will move to different locations to facilitate the extension of the program. Up to a total of 70 unemployed people will participate in each edition of the projects.

  • “Active Employment Shuttle” in Santiago de Compostela. Composed by a heterogeneous group of unemployed people with a common objective: to update and focus their job search. It has a hybrid format, with in-person and online sessions in the morning, for over four and a half months. Its participants reinforce digital skills to search for employment effectively and adapt to emerging positions.
  • In addition, people in particularly vulnerable situations will receive specialized attention through the “Despega” activity in Santiago de Compostela. It is aimed at promoting their insertion into the labor market and their social inclusion.
  • “Nomadic Employment Shuttle” in A Coruña.The first traveling edition will be held in this city. It retains the characteristics of the “Active Employment Shuttle” and with the advantage that it is developed in all types of territories and any format: in-person, online, or hybrid.

Registration open

Unemployed people between 18 and 60 years old can participate in the actions, free of charge and in a blended format. Registration is open until March 29 through the following online form:

The Galicia ‘Hub’ joins other centers in Spain, which will serve nearly 4,000 unemployed people. In addition, it includes complementary actions with a wide online projection, which plans to reach more than 100,000 people. This space in the region promotes employment, generates community, and promotes public-private collaboration models to fight unemployment and promote greater social inclusion.

“Employment Shuttles” Philosophy

“Employability Activation Hubs” follows the philosophy of the “Solidarity Employment and Entrepreneurship Launchers” program, with more than ten years of experience, and now with a greater presence in the territories through this project. They maintain the basic principles of solidarity from the group approach; diversity among participant profiles; people as a value and not as a burden; and visibility to break the stigma of unemployment.

Since 2013, more than 800 Employment Shuttles have been promoted in their different modalities, in almost 300 municipalities of all the autonomous communities. Nearly 20,000 people have been participants in a program that has 15 awards for its good results, and with an average insertion rate of nearly 60%.