27/08/2012 Canary Islands/Spain (BG) - According to the trade union ‘UGT Canarias’ more than half of those unemployed on the Canary Islands have been without work for over a year. UGT warned that in the second quarter of 2012, a total of 200,400 residents of the Canary Islands were unemployed.
UGT Canarias stressed that 82,600 people have become unemployed in the last two years and 117,800 more are seeking employment for more than two years. The number of people unemployed on the Islands now stands at 370,700.
According to UGT, data released by the National Institute of Statistics generated by the Labour Force Survey reveal “a worrying situation of degradation”, referring to the country’s labour market and, in particular, the labour market of the Canary Islands.
In the opinion of ‘UGT Canarias’ the Canary Islands must “promote training” to reduce unemployment, especially when 40% of the unemployed on the Islands have not studied beyond primary education”. Therefore, UGT Canarias have revealed in their Training Plan they have decided to reserve a number of places on each of their training activities for those who are unemployed.
This Training Plan, co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Canarian Employment Service, is aimed at employed workers, but reserves a percentage of places for the unemployed as it creates more possibilities for integration as well as employment.
Of the total number of unemployed people on the Canary Islands, 208,300 reside in the provinve of Las Palmas and 162,400 to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, whose unemployment rates are 36.3% and 29.8%, respectively.
In addition to UGT Canarias announcement that they are to reserve places for the unemployed on their training courses, there was more encouraging news regarding youth unemployment recently.
The Federal Unemployment Agency of Germany has announced it will hold a conference with representatives of the Spanish Employment Service, as well as with other EU countries, in order to help combat youth unemployment.
As the magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ reported, the German agency based in Nuremberg will hold a conference towards the end of next January in order to support E.U. countries suffering from high levels of youth unemployment such as Spain, Italy and Portugal.
Raimund Becker, board member of the German employment office stated the agency has become aware of the fact other E.U. countries have been studying the German dual system model of vocational training, most notably Spain who have a youth unemployment rate close to 50%.
Becker added:”At the conference we hope to help lay the groundwork for further collaboration through cooperative arrangement”, he also noted the vocational training opportunities for young foreigners living in Germany.