The Cabildo has injected 10.5 million euros in this beginning of 2022 at 31 municipalities of the Island to impulse specific employment plans in the fight against the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s about the second call for an initiative endowed with 20.5 million in two years. The project has already generated 1,500 hires since it was born to face the health crisis as a result of Covid-19. Each council has presented a project with financial support from the insular institution. The initiatives are aimed both at the unemployed without training and at qualified but inexperienced people to help their insertion in the labor market.
The president of the Cabildo, Pedro Martín, and that of the Canarian Federation of Municipalities (Fecam), Mari Brito, have presented these local employment plans. Both have valued the planning to promote the hiring that arose from the consequences of the pandemic. They were accompanied by the island councilor for Employment, Socioeconomic Development and Foreign Action, Carmen Luz Baso.
“This is the first global initiative to promote work throughout the Island”
Martín has stressed that «the current island government has been the first to launch a Local Employment Plan which All the municipalities of the Island have benefited». In 2020, the first was launched, which resulted in the creation of 834 jobs and had an investment of 10,040,670 million euros. the second is endowed with 10,556,768 euros and it is intended to insert 662 unemployed. This time with priority to the qualified personnel that represents 61.78% of all the beneficiaries.
In addition to the insular economic injection, the president has valued the contribution of 1.5 million euros made by some municipalities to give greater dimension to the projects. Martín emphasizes “the collaboration with the municipalities” and “a distribution of money that is not made based on the sympathies of the government group, but on the criteria agreed for an equitable distribution.” Martin values:“This is something that had never happened before in the Cabildo de Tenerife.”
«Three lines: employment, integrating qualified unemployed and supporting sustainable projects»
The president has influenced the collaboration with Fecam “to reverse the way of acting of the previous island government.” Pedro Martín has emphasized that “in previous crises there were no employment plans for all municipalities, but only for some.” It reiterates “the 20.6 million exclusive investment for employment” plus “another 9 in aid for the social emergency in all municipalities, without exceptions.”
For her part, Marí Brito highlighted “co-governance and the unification of criteria when it comes to distributing resources”, as well as “the commitment to municipalism” or “the new job and training opportunities offered by this second Employment Plan».
“I highlight the cooperation between administrations and the commitment to municipalism”
Brito has valued, among other things, “the excellent support network between the municipalities and the Cabildo with services as relevant as the Office of Comprehensive Assistance to Municipalities, a backbone and balancing instrument to ensure that the place where you live is not an impediment for access to the best services.
For her part, Carmen Luz Baso has highlighted other lines of support “to protect employment and help SMEs and the self-employed”, which They have made it possible to preserve the jobs of 2,439 people, through support for 963 companies, and help for 5,674 workers.
Baso stressed that “we wanted, in addition to facilitating the job placement of unemployed people, promote qualified employment and promote local projects of general and social interest that contribute to achieving the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In relation to the profile of the contracts, the counselor has detailed that 6 out of 10, are from qualified personnel. He stressed that, before starting the contract period, all workers receive specific training related both to the professional task to be performed and to the acquisition of job skills (teamwork, conflict management, etc.) and other cross-cutting matters. , such as gender equality, and knowledge of the 2030 Agenda.
Help the business fabric
In addition to the specific employment plans, the Cabildo has already contributed ten million euros for the protection of 963 companies and 2,439 jobs through 5,674 aid paid to the self-employed and SMEs. In the process there are another 8 million that will be distributed “without taking into account being up to date with Social Security, a pioneering action in the Canary Islands,” Pedro Martín values. Questioned about tourism as an engine of employment, he admits that the winter season is affected by the effects of the pandemic and he trusts the summer season. Martín has valued the work carried out in this area in the last two years to promote the Island in new destinations and recover airlines. The primary sector stands out as an option for the future to increase the current 10% of consumption in the local market. | jdm