Tenerife will count from March with the Employment Training program, an initiative aimed at improving the employability and job placement of long-term unemployed women, as well as those disconnected from the labor market after having dedicated themselves to motherhood or caring for relatives. The initiative is promoted by the Santa María la Real Foundation and has the co-financing from the Cabildo, through Fifede, and the European Social Fund.
This same project is carried out in parallel in five other Spanish regions. For this, the foundation has the co-financing of the European Social Fund and the economic collaboration of public administrations.
The first phase of the initiative was already developed last year. It consisted of a social investigation on the psychosocial effects produced by long-term unemployment in these people and its influence on access to the labor market. To do this, more than 2,000 surveys were conducted of long-term unemployed women in the Canary Islands, Castilla-La Mancha, the Community of Madrid, Extremadura, Galicia and the Basque Country, in addition to forty interviews with social agents involved and five discussion groups.
The study shows that 60.9% of those surveyed spend more than five hours a day caring for minors or the elderly in their charge. These responsibilities or family burdens mean that 7 out of 10 do not look for work. 71.6% consider that having been in charge of the care of people in their care has provided them with new knowledge. However, when asked if said learning could be useful to them and would they know how to use it to find a job, the proportion drops to 48.5%.
In the first pilot project in Tenerife, 20 places will be set up, aimed at women between 18 and 60 years of age who are long-term unemployed and have relatives in their charge and care. Those interested in the free program have until March 11 to register on the website https://www.entrenaempleo.org/es/inscribete.