“Job creation is our priority” says Adeje councillor for job creation and economic development Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, who met recently with representatives of the business sector to review employment creation and training in 2015. As a result of council initiatives and partnerships with the private sector over 1,350 people did find jobs during the year, with over three-quarters of those people living in Adeje.
Among the sectors hiring, most found work in hostelry (40-31%), the service industry (19.19%), shops (13.47%) and agriculture (8.21%) with others finding work in construction, sales, and industry.
While most of those who found work live and are registered in Adeje, given the island-wide nature of the local employment agency and training courses, people from Guía de Isora, Arona, Granadilla, and other boroughs have also benefited from their participation.
According to the councillor there were also successful courses aimed at those who are on the margins of society, those in danger of social exclusion. Some of those courses were run in conjunction with the Red Cross and saw 92 individuals placed in jobs. There were also training programmes aimed directly at young people with no formal qualifications with over 100 of them now in their first jobs. The over-30s were offered training too in different service areas.
During 2015 over three thousand individuals took part in 180 different training schemes in the areas of hostelry and tourism, commerce and languages, new technologies and business assistance. There were also courses under the ‘Convive Adeje’ banner aimed at training individuals in promoting youth activities.
“One of the important axis of my department is business assessments, combining job creation projects and new companies with business skills, something that plays a key role in the economic advancement in the borough, engaging the development of economic activities that directly meet the needs of the local population”, continued Manuel Luis Mendéz Martín. During 2015 over 300 assessments were carried out and 335 new businesses created, meaning that there are now over two thousand businesses registered as active in the borough, “ an increase of 25% in business activity in the region compared to 2014”.