After the global economic crisis of 2008, several European regions have struggled to recover and still show alarming unemployment figures. One of these regions is Andalusia, Spain, where the general unemployment rate stands at 25,41% (EURES 2018) and the unemployment among people under 25 years old is 47,3% (EPA 2018).
The Comprehensive qualification and employment programme (Programa Integral de Cualificación y Empleo – PICE) is led by the Chamber of Commerce of Spain. Designed by the Chamber of Commerce and implemented by its territorial offices, acting as mediators between companies and the young, PICE was created in 2014. It targets young people aged 16 to 29 with or without qualifications or work experience who wish to receive adequate vocational training to improve their skills, find employment or start their own business.
By contacting the nearest chamber of commerce, a young person can join PICE and receive personalised guidance from a labour counsellor, who draws up a professional profile based on skills, interests and level of qualification. The counsellor then refers him/her to one of three programmes that make up PICE:
- training programme (plan de capacitacion), a comprehensive face-to-face training path delivered at the Chambers of Commerce;
- dual VET programme (plan de formación dual), where part of the programme is spent at the training centre (a number of hours or days) and the rest in a company through a training and apprenticeship contract;
- mobility programme (plan de movilidad) consisting of a three-month job placement in a European country, aiming to improve language and personal skills of the participants, supporting employability prospects and opportunities of finding a job abroad.
ibes AG believes in the importance of working towards a better common European future; and understands the importance of investing in today’s youth to ensure a strong, highly-competitive (Wettbewerbsfähig) future workforce that will help Europe overcome tomorrow’s challenges. Under this vision, we joined forces with the Trade Chamber in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. We engaged several young, talented software developers in order to offer them a chance to learn new skills and start a successful career in IT with a solid start in Germany. One of these young developers, Juan Manuel Garrido, accepted the challenge and will work at our headquarters in Chemnitz, Germany for three months; joining our team of Engineers in the development of large international IT projects. This will give him the opportunity to improve his skills and gain valuable work experience.