Jun 01, 2022 / Ucrania

The CEOE Foundation launches its third centre to offer training and employment guidance to Ukrainians in Malaga

The 'Companies for Ukraine' platform already includes more than 800 companies offering around 2,900 job opportunities throughout the country and for all types of profiles.

The information stands of the CEOE Foundation will be used to assist Ukrainians in accessing the www.empresasporucrania.org

The President of the CEOE Foundation, Fátima Báñez, visited this Wednesday, June 1, the in-person information stand set up by the CEOE Foundation at the Trade Fairs and Congress Centre in Malaga to offer guidance on training and employment to Ukrainians who have arrived in Spain, with the aim of facilitating their integration.

During the visit, she was accompanied by the President of the Andalusian Confederation of Employers (CEA), Javier González de Lara; the Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre; and representatives from the companies collaborating in the project: the Director of Sustainability of the Adecco Group and General Director of the Adecco Foundation, Francisco Mesonero, and the Director of Public Sector and Financial Services at Oliver Wyman, Gonzalo Arana.

In May, the CEOE Foundation opened a first stand at the Fira de Barcelona and a second in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid). In addition to this third centre in Malaga, there will be another information stand in Ciudad de la Luz (Alicante), which will be inaugurated in the next few days.

The stand is part of the Reception, Attention and Referral Centre (CREADE) opened by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration for recently-arrived Ukrainians.

Ukrainians who come to these centres will be assisted by staff from the Adecco Group; they will receive guidance based on an information leaflet developed in conjunction with MAPFRE, which will help them access the www.empresasporucrania.org platform. This platform has benefited from the strategic advice and coordination of the consultancy firm Oliver Wyman, and has also received support from Universia, Banco Santander’s open platform for non-financial services.

Nearly 800 companies offer 2,900 job openings

Specifically, the CEOE Foundation’s platform offers job openings located across the country and in all sectors; free training in Spanish and other skills that favour employability; and a section of verified information of interest, in Spanish and Ukrainian.

After almost two months of operation, the platform has already attracted some 800 companies, which offer around 2,900 openings for all types of profiles. 

Every week, the project adds around 50 new companies and receives around 200 job offers, mostly for high-tech positions (especially in professional, scientific, and technical activities), but also in the fields of health and social services, tourism, and communication.

It is worth noting that half of the companies participating in the platform have fewer than 50 employees, and 23% are companies with more than 500 employees.

Information, training, and employment

During the visit, the president of the CEOE Foundation, Fátima Báñez, stressed that Spanish companies are once again demonstrating their “commitment and solidarity” by providing opportunities to people who have had to flee the war in Ukraine.

Therefore, she reiterated that the CEOE Foundation will continue to work in coordination with the administrations and the business world, so that people arriving from Ukraine to Spain ” receive support, hospitality, employment assistance and the independence to develop their life project in the country with the help of the companies”.

Meanwhile, the president of CEA has stressed “the full support of Andalusian entrepreneurs to the CEOE Foundation’s initiatives, which represents the social commitment of Spanish companies. A real involvement, which extends from words to deeds”. González de Lara pointed out: “We are very proud of Andalusia’s role as a land of refuge for so many families who are victims of war. Their struggle is also our struggle and we, as companies, want to be part of their hope. Facilitating their return to the workplace, their jobs, dignifies these people; it provides them with a livelihood and a new anchor in their new home, which is Spain. This is also how we build a country.”

Also during the visit, Oliver Wyman’s Director of Public Sector and Financial Services, Gonzalo Arana, pointed out that “in order to achieve the full inclusion of a community in a vulnerable situation, they need long-term economic independence” and “this can only be achieved through decent employment”. “This example of public-private collaboration is a source of hope for many Ukrainians and a source of enthusiasm for the participating companies”, he added.

The Adecco Group’s Director of Sustainability and Director General of the Adecco Foundation, Francisco Mesonero, pointed out that, “after the launch of the employment service at the CREADE in Barcelona and Madrid a few weeks ago, we have seen a gradual increase in visits and interest in finding employment from Ukrainian refugees coming to our country”. He added that “this is why the Adecco Group is once again committed to employment as the main enabler of inclusion and normalisation of the lives of the Ukrainian people arriving to Spain”.

In turn, MAPFRE representatives said that “business activity does not exist without a permanent social commitment, being close to people and contributing to the development of a more sustainable and supportive society. This purpose is what drives and gives meaning to what we do.”

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