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EURES Spain finds solution to sectoral unemployment rise
In the Aragon region of northern Spain, the unemployment level has reached 17 % and is rising. Although the engineering sector has proved robust until now, a recent increase in job losses has led to a collaboration between EURES Spain and the Association of Engineers of Zaragoza, who are working together successfully to prevent more of the sector’s workers from losing their jobs.
Following a recommendation from a contact, the Spanish engineering association approached EURES in Zaragoza in January of this year. “Anticipating a decline in the economic and labour market conditions in the region, the association sought our help to find placements for its engineers in other EU countries,” explains EURES Adviser, Teresa Vieitez Carrazoni. “In just a few months, more than 20 engineers from different parts of Spain, including Zaragoza, have secured contracts abroad.”
EURES Advisers in the region had already been working with the Engineering School of the University of Zaragoza since 2005, so they were familiar with the sector’s needs. “We took a deliberately strategic approach to sourcing placements abroad for workers from the Association of Engineers of Zaragoza – that is, we made use of the existing cooperation between EURES in Madrid and Barcelona, and Member States such as Germany, Sweden and Finland, to find them jobs,” Teresa continues. “The strong contacts between Spain and these countries mean that working methods and protocols are already in place, with all important administrative details accessible on the EURES portal in our country-specific pages”.
EURES in Zaragoza not only helped to set up interviews and find job placements for the engineers in small- and medium-sized enterprises in Germany and the Nordic countries, but also provided support and practical information to those workers – and to the companies where they were engaged – in order to facilitate the transition. “All in all, we have offered a comprehensive, tailor-made approach to a specific market demand,” concludes Teresa.