One of the great concerns and occupations of companies and especially of the human resources areas after the reactivation of the economy, once the pandemic is over, is the recruitment, retention and loyalty of talent. Despite the fact that the unemployment rate in Spain stands at 13.3%, with a worrying unemployment rate among young people under 25, around 28%, a level that doubles the European average; it is estimated that in our country around 9% of job offers remain unfilled, according to data from Adecco.
Among the most demanded professions, IT profiles (information technology), engineers, and professionals in the health sector stand out, and yet it is precisely these university degrees that have the highest cut-off marks and an insufficient number of vacancies, which makes that many students have to opt for other professional opportunities, which are already obsolete before graduating.
Contrary to what people might think, professional training profiles are just as in demand as university profiles; 38% of the job offers published. There is a shortage and numerous unfilled vacancies in profiles related to industry and construction, such as: electromechanics, welders, maintenance technicians, milling machines,… Also in health technicians, IT technicians and administrative profiles with languages. And it is that in Spain we are very good at analyzing and diagnosing the problems that affect our society and our economy, but we are very precarious at putting effective solutions in place that address short- and long-term problems.
Unemployment, and especially youth unemployment in our country, has a lot to do with an educational system that is absolutely outdated, with excessive regulation and decentralization that generates inefficiencies and a lack of economies of scale between the different university centers.
All this together with an education in professional training, which although a new regulation has seen the light that tries to give it greater dynamism and prestige, it was born with its back to reality. And is it that someone would think that in the digital world in which we currently live, online training for professional technological profiles, which are so lacking, do they have to be at the expense of the 17 existing regional regulations?
We speak of the right to an equal and quality education for all, we defend an educational model that is increasingly generating a greater gap between students who receive public and private training of whatever degree, and we do not focus on what is important, adapt education to the current business reality.
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Monica Guarda and Paloma Garcia They are partner-director of Afi Escuela and head of HR at Afi, respectively.
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