The Adeje council has just begun a new alternative training scheme for 15 people in the over-30 age bracket, who have currently no qualifications, to train and work in the catering industry. Under the ‘Restur Adeje’ plan they will work towards certificates in basic restaurant and bar work, with both theoretical and practical training, in an industry that offers many work opportunities in Costa Adeje.
According to the councillor for economic development, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, “it’s very important that we provide those seeking work with the right tools and knowledge to enter the thriving labour market here – which is the tourist sector.
“We know that there is a section of the local population between the ages of 30 and 40 who have few or no qualifications so it is fundamental that they have the opportunity to acquire professional certificates that will assist them in the search for work”, he added.
Given the recent establishment of the Association of Canarian Tourism Boroughs, (Adeje, Arona, Guía de Isora, San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Mogán), with established aims including the generation of social wellbeing from the economic benefits of the tourist industry and the creation of quality employment, it is “imperative that we offer training and specialisation in the production sector”, explained Méndez Martín.
‘Restur Adeje’ will work to improve the levels of employment among persons over 30 who have no professional qualification nor have completed their studies, and will train them as waiters and servers while also helping levels of motivation and knowledge of the sector to properly meet the employment needs of the market place. During their training participants will also work at events organised by the council and by non-profit making organisations that are raising funds locally for those in need.
‘Restur Adeje’ will be taking part in over 50 events during this period. The student workers will combine theory and practical sessions in class and out in the catering sector. Those who complete the course will also be granted a certificate in Basic Restaurant/Bar operations. There will be an intensive two month training period followed by work experience. Students will also take classes in languages, social skills for employment purposes, professional orientation, communication and marketing, etc.
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