Adeje’s quality recognised


The council is awarded for its excellent training initiatives and work-seeking programmes

The Adeje department of economic development and employment policies has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence, EFQM, from the European Foundation for Quality Management, for the level of attention offered and given to the public in the areas of training, employment and businesses assessment. The award was presented at an event in the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA).

Councillor for the department, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín received the certificate from Francisco Martón Santamaría, from the Bureau Veritas, the agency charged with evaluation and certification in Andalucía and the Canarias. Also present were the departmental head, Mercedes Vargas, and the councillor for tourism, Ermitas Moreira (who headed up the employment department in previous years, when it was first awarded this certificate in 2015).

Méndez Martín said, “Offering a quality service to our users, who belong to the section of society in search of work, and the businesses who are looking for assessment assistance, that’s our daily challenge”. He praised the work of his colleague Ermitas Moreira as well. He said the priority for his department was to ensure that anyone who contacted them in search of a solution to their problems received personal attention and a quality service. “Unfortunately we cannot solve every single problem, we don’t have magic wands to create jobs for everyone, but what we can do is offer professional service and attention, and ensure proper and actual responses to problems and open a door to hope to those seeking assistance”.

The certificate is awarded every two years during which time the Bureau Vertias are evaluating and invigilating the work of the companies in line for certification. That the Adeje department has been awarded for a second consecutive time is rewarding, says the councillor, as it indicated “that we are improving and growing with our commitment to all those who are looking for work or seeking to improve their working potential”.

EFQM (the European Foundation for Quality Management) is a not-for-profit membership foundation in Brussels, established in 1989 to increase the competiveness of the European economy. It looks to establish a global vision in companies to encourage and stimulate improvement and excellence in work practises. According to Francisco Martón Santamaría, in Adeje’s case, “the protagonists are the workers in the Adeje department – we know that in many cases to receive the certificate a second time can be more difficult as it requires an application to the job that is continuous and constant and requires the full commitment of all those involved”. He congratulated the Adeje department, as it is, he said, “a centre for preparation for workers allowing them to choose a route, a path to stability and to gainful employment”.

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Social plan benefits borough and workers


Carmen Rosa González Cabrera and Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, councillors for work and municipal services and for economic development and employment policies respectively, visited the various borough zones were 57 people are working on social employment contracts to improve and maintain different public spaces in Adeje.

Both councillors congratulated the “professional competence of those directing these minor works, which will improve and maintain many of the borough’s public zones, colleges, etc. The teams are working well and the results are already appreciated by residents in the relevant neighbourhoods, who have also praised the attitude of those working under this scheme”.

During the visit to Las Rosas the councillors saw the team working to improve existing pavements and the integration of new paving along some stretches of road that haven’t been paved for pedestrian use. A green zone has also been reconditioned for the leisure use of residents and a number of barriers to those with mobility difficulties have been removed. Soon a number of streets will be re-laid and zones painted.

In Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraíso the work has been concentrated on finishing the work on a pétanque/boules pitch, the installation of a new drainage system in one of the green zones and maintenance work and painting of public areas.

The funding for the projects is split between the Canarian Employment Service and the Adeje council.

Work happy, be happy



Adeje’s Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (School of Security and Social Harmony) is a partner in the hosting of a series of events in conjunction with the University of La Laguna’s department of Prevention, Security and International Co-operation on Friday May 12th from 4pm – 8.30pm at the Adeje School of Music and Dance.

This is the first time these courses have been held here in the Canary Islands and the series of talks is being organised by Gloria Díaz, from the Innovan-do team, which is dedicated to promoting wellbeing within companies through a series of evaluations and implementations based on positive psychology. Among the other partners are CIT SUR (the centre for tourism initiatives in South Tenerife) and CEST (the South Tenerife Business persons circle).

The training event, which will be in Spanish, would suit companies working in human resources, education, education, politics, etc. The perspective is to encourage and grow what are known as ‘healthy organisations’, organisations who are interested in investing in maximising the wellbeing and thus the productivity of their work-force. This involves the evolution of well-designed work stations and helpful social work environments among other changes.

Healthy organisations, considered to be taking over from more traditional work places and work practises, are known to experience financial success and a strong and well-balanced team of employees who are pro-active and show personal initiative, take responsibility for their personal and professional growth and enjoy excellent levels of engagement. It is also recognised that healthy organisations enjoy improved quality in production and in links between the organisation itself, workers and clients.

In recent years rapid social change, the economic crisis, globalisation and new technologies have generated a need for change in many organisational internal practices with a need to adapt to guarantee the security and wellbeing of their workforce. If these changes are not implemented many companies are in danger of becoming toxic. More information on the May 12th event on
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​Jobs for those at risk of social exclusion

The Adeje council, as part of a 2017 social project, has contracted 57 persons who have been unemployed and considered at risk of social exclusion. The initiative is a cross-departmental effort with representation from the departments of local economic development, social welfare and the presidency (under councillors Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, Isabel Fernández González and Carmen Rosa González Cabrera respectively).

Those who will contracted will be working on a series of actions in in upgrading and maintaining zones in the borough, including minor street works, upgrades in schools and along the coastal zones. Of the 57 people who will be working, 43 are labourers, 11 have primary skills, 1 is a works manager and 2 will work in administration.

According to Manuel Luis Méndez Martín the project is made possible by the council’s participation in the 2016-2018 biannual social employment programme with co-financing from the regional employment service. Isabel Fernández González emphasised the importance of recognising those who were unemployed and at risk of exclusion, “in a precarious situation economically” and the importance of the work of her team in identifying those to be contracted.

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera added that the project also meant the improvement of different zones of the borough as well as having a positive environmental impact on the zone and local population.

The individuals who have been awarded these contracts will work for a six-month period and were selected through the open employment channels run by the council for those registered as unemployed, so as to ensure that all those Adeje residents registered as looking for work have the chance to find employment. A variety of factors, such as family size and income, were taking into account.

The project will cost just under €500,000 with the costs met by the Adeje council and the regional employment service.

€1,500,000 on job creation projects this year

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Adeje council´s department of economic development, under councillor Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, will spend over one and a half million euros on job creation schemes during 2016, in particular among groups in the social exclusion risk category. “Here in Adeje our unemployment rate is low, currently at 7%, but we are continuing to work to reduce it even further. We know there are problems, but where there are individuals who, for a variety of reasons, find themselves outside the system and who, for instance, need training or education to help them enter the labour market, we want to help”, he explained.
Those looking for information on the programmes can contact the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CTDCA), Monday to Friday, from 9am to 2pm, and in some cases an appointment is recommended, which can be booked by phoning 922 050 150.

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During the year a number of different projects will be developed, some co-funded with the Canarian Employment Service, some funded solely by the council. Included is a youth scheme for up to 15 young people between the ages of 16 -25 years of age who hold no qualification and who will be trained to professional certificate level in basic restaurant and bar operations. They will also receive training to help them integrate into the labour market and increase their employment potential and some will also be helped achieve their secondary school certificate.

Another project, L-Urban, is designed for those over 40 years of age who have no educational or professional qualifications, which will offer training and some on-the-job experience with the Adeje borough cleaning company, Ascan-Torrabonaf. The +Bell Imagen y Belleza experimental programme which is already up and running has also helped 60 individuals train, and 15 of them are about to earn their professional beauty training certificates.

Other courses are being designed to prioritise those currently unemployed by offering them training in a range of job areas, with job-placement training included. The council is also offering a professional orientation programme for those planning to be self-employed, which will help up to 400 persons.

Finally the council is also working with socially funded projects in conjunction with NGOs (Non Governmental Organisations) such as the Red Cross and Mcapaz to help up to 120 individuals identified as at risk of social exclusion, including young people who have never worked, over 45’s, and those who have been out of work for many years.