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THE NAVAL SECTOR DEVELOPS A TRAINING CENTRE TO COVER THE LACK OF 875 EMPLOYEES IN GALICIA

Is the first training centre specific and homologated that gets developed in Spain and it will be located in Bouzas in a 1.200 square meters building. The Galician naval sector will have available a employees training centre specific and homologated, which would be the first one with these characteristics that gets developed in Spain. Its end would be to meet the needs of the shipyards of the Galicia that the Management of the Naval Sector has calculated to be 875 employees until 2010. The courses are aimed to workers in active and unemployed workers.
The opening of the new centre will be in April, and is located in the Alameda Suárez Llanos, in Bouzas, in a two floor building with a total of 1.200 square meters of surface. The first floor, of 1.000 meters, will have facilities for three multipurpose workshops, to give training in different fields, in addition to other services, and the second floor it will have class rooms and offices.

The building is developed by the Galician Metal Foundation [Formega (Spanish acronym)], which has available different training, qualification, and employment centres in Galicia and is controlled by the Metal Employers Organization Asime (Spanish acronym) and by the unions CC OO (Spanish acronym) and UGT (Spanish acronym). The training programs are financed by the Xunta, through the Employment and Innovation, and Industry Departments, the Management of the Naval Sector that depends on the Industry Ministry, and co-financed by the European Social fund and companies from the sector.

The training will cover specialties such as, soldering, tubing and naval installation, boilermaking, forklift truck and crane operation, scaffolding assembly, work related risks prevention, environmental management, quality, industrial design, industrial maintenance, electricity and electronics, computing, languages, and management training.
The president of Formega, Esteban Vázquez, said that the aim is to create other centres of this type in A Coruña and Lugo and to promote the inclusion of women in the naval sector.

The vice-president, Manuel García (UGT) underlined how important is that this centre will be a specific and homologated one, unique in Spain, and which will respond to the needs of the sector.
For the president of Asime, José María Hidalgo, this centre means a step forward for Formega and “shows the degree of maturity of the work-related relationships is the Galician metal sector”. Within the difficulties that sometimes the sector experiences, Hidalgo remarked that “besides the strikes that we have experienced, this is the other side of the coin”. (Source: Faro de Vigo).

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