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Engineers sign on the dotted line at jobs fair
EURES Spain has had considerable success in the past two years at helping engineers find work in other Member States, particularly Germany. The initiative reached the height of success in March when the ‘Engineers to Germany’ jobs fair in Barcelona saw six contracts signed at the event and many more candidates beginning the recruitment process with companies.
The event had been several months in the planning, according to organiser and EURES Adviser in Barcelona, Arnau Soy. Three months previously, EURES published a list of job vacancies for engineers in Germany and invited potential candidates in Spain to submit applications according to a specific format.
The applications had to be received by a ‘pre-deadline’ of one month ahead of
the jobs fair, allowing time for EURES Spain to filter them according to suitability and pass them along to 18 German companies interested in attending.
“That’s how we make a difference,” says Arnau. “With us, employers do not have to work so hard at sorting the applications, determining who can meet language requirements, for example.” Once employers determine which candidates they are interested in, EURES sets about scheduling interviews to take place during the two-day Engineers to Germany event. For this stage, 170 people were selected.
The event is about more than interviews, however. Day one is open to anyone with engineering qualifications and includes information sessions on topics such as living and working in another Member State, and how to qualify for financial support through the Your First EURES Job (YfEj) programme.
Day two had been initially reserved for interviews, but these spilled over into the first day since the companies were eager to speak to so many candidates. Aside from the six contracts signed on the day, many more candidates are currently in various stages of the recruitment process at the German firms.
Approximately 500 engineers attended across the two days, and while not all were eventually hired, most seemed to leave happy. “Our questionnaire indicated that people were very satisfied with how the event works,” says Arnau.
While the cooperation of Spanish authorities, public representatives and local media was essential to the event’s success, there was also significant assistance from German representatives. The German Embassy to Spain visited the jobs fair to lend support, while staff at EURES Germany have since taken over as advisers to the candidates while their talks with German companies are ongoing.
“Will we do this again? I’m sure of it,” says Arnau. “Like many of our smaller events, this was a huge success. But because of its size, this one really stands out.”
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