Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion


The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is a multi-stakeholder initiative steered by the European Commission. The originator of the pledge is solely responsible for implementing the actions outlined in the pledge.

Start Year:2017




Types of organisation:Companies and business organisations

In the period 2017 – 2020, in MONDRAGON we will structure our actions in three programmes.

We pledge to enhancing the quality of apprenticeships by establishing the "General Observatory for Employment and Employability":

This program will gather every two years employment and employability trends and specific data from the businesses of MONDRAGON (the first one planned for 2018) and will pursue the following objectives:

  • Anticipate the needs of professional profiles of the Cooperatives of MONDRAGON and
  • the impact of the digital revolution / industry 4.0. in people.
  • Identify common needs for professional adaptation of the people already working for the Cooperatives and the needs of talent attraction and possible synergies of action towards vocational training centres.
  • Inform and influence the Society (public entities, career counsellors, youth and general public opinion) to promote supply / demand matching in vocational paths.

In particular, the outcomes of research will be used as a basis for enhancing the quality of apprenticeships offered by MONDRAGON, matching the in-company learning path of students with the skills required by our businesses.

In order to increase the image of apprenticeships, we plan to implement the programme "Talent Attraction and Integration of businesses and vocational training centres":

This programme will pursue the following objectives:

  • Promote a greater collaboration between cooperatives and vocational training centres in defining and promoting dual studies.
  • Attract more and better students to apprenticeships, vocational training studies and to MONDRAGON's Cooperatives by bringing Cooperatives closer to students through employment fairs, company presentations, orientation programs, grants, and contracts.
Moreover, we will work on Employability and re-qualification. The program will aim to minimize the “digital gap” or the needs of re-qualification of the people working already in the Cooperatives of MONDRAGON fostering financing mechanisms, training programs and Inter-cooperation actions to manage transitions between cooperatives and unemployment situations.
Short company / organisation description:

MONDRAGON is the foremost Basque business group and the tenth largest in Spain. The

group’s revenues totalled about €12,000 million, while its staff comprised 74.335 workers. The

261 companies and cooperatives in the MONDRAGON Group operate in sectors such as the

manufacturing industry, finance, and retail, carrying out initiatives in the fields of knowledge,

innovation, education and the promotion of new businesses.

MONDRAGON has more than 11,000 people working outside Spain in 9 delegations and 125

subsidiaries. The group’s innovative drive is channelled into 15 technology centres and into the

cooperatives themselves, participating in research and technology development projects at the

national and international level.

The MONDRAGON cooperative model encourages people’s participation and involvement with

company management, as well as profit sharing and company ownership. The focus on people,

cooperation and inter-cooperative solidarity is captured in the group’s slogan, ‘Humanity at


The Corporation’s Mission combines the core goals of a business organisation competing on

international markets with the use of democratic methods in its business organisation, the

creation of jobs, the human and professional development of its workers and a pledge to

development with its social environment.

Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image

- MONDRAGON University (and vocational School)

- Main vocational Schools in the geographical areas in which we are present.

- Cooperatives that are part of the MONDRAGON Corporation.

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