The Trade School is a social responsibility program designed by Ferrovial Services to enhance the employability of people in the regions where it operates whose situation is vulnerable. This program — implemented in Spain and Chile, and which has benefited more than 100 people to date — is aimed at teaching participants work skills so as to improve their employability through training, work experience and inclusion in the company’s job bank. The initiative was launched in partnership with entities from the third sector and volunteers from the company.
Originally set up in Spain, the Trade School contributes to the socio-economic development of the community it serves, offering an opportunity for training for the NGO and the groups with which it works and improving services to citizens. The project adapts to the needs that are identified in consultation with municipal governments, clients and the partner NGO. Caritas, Soñar Despierto and Fundación Down are some of the program’s partners.
Who does the Trade School help?
- Persons with intellectual or physical disabilities;
- Persons with long-term unemployed;
- Persons at risk of social exclusion;
- Gender violence victims; and
- Unemployed youth.
How does the Trade School work?
The work skills range from road and facility cleaning and gardening to customer service and energy efficiency. The combination of theoretical and practical training is structured around technical sessions taught by volunteer employees and external entities, improving trainees’ employability, strengthening their skills and resources to find a job, enhancing occupational health and safety, and offering work experience, accompanied by Ferrovial professionals, through a contract in the municipality. Once they complete the program, participants receive a diploma evidencing their training and are entered into the company’s job bank.
The Trade School is part of the Ferrovial Services Community Action Framework and contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals such as quality education, decent work and economic growth, and sustainable cities and communities.
Cities that have so far benefited from a Trade School are: A Coruña, Castro Urdiales, Madrid, Santurce, Talavera de la Reina and Zaragoza, in Spain, and Los Andes and Antofagasta in Chile.