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.

​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.

Job training for over 30s

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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.

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“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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15 young Adeje students earn their professional titles

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Under the Adejerest programme, 15 unemployed young people from Adeje received their professional certificates in Basic Restaurant and Bar Operations last Friday, upon completion of a course run by the council and the Canarian Employment Service.

Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, councillor for economic development in the borough, congratulated all of the students during a ceremony to make the end of the course. “Over 9 months you have done some extraordinary work. The employment world is waiting to welcome you, and this is a particularly opportune time, with tourism at a high, three new hotels about to open in Adeje…all of the personnel managers are sending us their lists of vacancies, and what is most in demand is the right attitude, as much as experience or aptitude. Make sure you don’t miss this opportunity”.

The project under the Adejerest label saw the 15 young people, between 16-25 years of age and with no previous qualifications work and study over nine months to earn their certificate. In parallel they also received training to increase their employability and job possibilities (including classes in English and the chance to work with a local British volunteer resident group), and the class professors also helped them attain their secondary school diploma. The course cost almost €200,000.

Borough works helps those on the dole

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The Adeje Council, through the departments of employment, municipal works, social welfare (under councillors Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, Isabel Fernández González and Carmen Rosa González Cabrera), had undertaken a social initiative which has meant employment for 59 members of the community, who are now working to regenerate public spaces throughout the borough.

Under a six-month social employment scheme, co-funded by the Canarian Employment service and the Adeje council, almost 60 people, most of them who are long-term unemployed and at risk of social exclusion, have been engaged in different work in distinct parts of Adeje.

The work has included gardening and cleaning in green zones, maintenance in public spaces such as parks and gardens, annual reformation work in public education centres and major work in both the Las Rosas-Los Menores zone and along the Avenida De La Galga en Callao Salvaje.

GM Cash&Carry open in Adeje

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The stores sell a vast range of goods, from food to electrical, bathroom and cosmetics, drinks, frozen goods, and also have a large range of quality own-brand items

 

The Grupo Miguel have just opened their first Cash & Carry in Adeje, between the BP garage and Hipertrebol near the Adeje roundabout.
Grupo Miguel are a large chain in Spain, in fact they were the very first Spanish Cash & Carry to open in the country, and their entry into the market in Tenerife will see an investment of up to 29 million euros and the creation of 158 jobs, they say. Ramón Miquel Ballart from Grupo Miquel, said his wish was that “our clients are happy shoppers and return again and again to buy our products which have already earned us thousands of loyal clients in Spain”. At the inauguration of this, their first shop in the Canaries, the company also thanked the Adeje authorities for their assistance and added that the company was now in the Canaries to contribute, where possible, to the islands’ development.
Present at the inauguration were the regional minister for employment, industry and commerce, Francisca Luengo, the Cabildo vice-president and councillor Efraín Medina, and the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, as well as over 300 invited guests including business representatives, suppliers and clients, among others. Efraín Medina said he was very pleased to see the company setting up shop in the island. “This is a reason to celebrate, and our common objective is to generate economic development and the Tenerife Cabildo is delighted to invite all of you to work together with us to achieve this”.
The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, said that the presence of the Grupo Miquel would improve the network of services available in the borough which welcomes almost 2 million tourists a year, and congratulated the group for their inclusion of many Canarian products on the shelves.

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The regional government minister Francisca Luengo said she was very happy indeed to see this project come to fruition with increased investment and employment for the islands. She too congratulated the company on their promotion of locally sourced produce and their commitment to sell Canarian goods in the Spanish peninsula on particular days, such as Día de Canarias.
The new GMCash & Carry Adeje has 69 parking places and is 3.385 m2, 2.473 m2. The store has over 9,000 products on sale of which 2,500 are Canarian.

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Grupo Miquel began with Pere Miquel Estela in 1925 when he set up a small business in the wholesale marketing of fruit, cereals and colonial import, the small beginnings of a company that today is the international wholesale Miquel Alimentació Grup.
The company operates along similar lines to other wholesalers and deals with clients who have a business or are self employed. The stores sell a vast range of goods, from food to electrical, bathroom and cosmetics, drinks, frozen goods, and also have a large range of quality own-brand items. Nationally the company also operates a vertical franchise with the Spar brand. The company plans to open a Cash & Carry soon in Santa Cruz, in San Bartolomé in Lanzarote and in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
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H10 Hotel Agreement

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The agreement is designed to assist in the creation of jobs in the borough
Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the Human Resources Director for H10 Hotels Joan Martín Capel have signed an agreement to work together in the area of human resources and training projects. This agreement is a further sign of the level of cooperation between the two bodies to promote employment in the borough.

The mayor said, “Adeje is an important tourist borough and we hope that this agreement, which is an important tool, will help with the employability of our Adeje citizens looking for work. “

The mayor continued, “one of our (the council’s) strategies is to develop partnerships with public and private bodies that serve to create adaptive solutions to today’s reality. For that reason training and job placements are fundamental”.

Joan Martín Capel said “tourism is a basic element of the Spanish GNP (gross national product) – as a country we are a tourist destination. We have to prepare our workers, train and instruct them as an essential part of this economic tool, which is an important financial motor”.

The agreement is focussed on the management of human resources in hotels in the H10 group in South Tenerife. It will see the evolution of a number of training programmes and in parallel projects to improve employment opportunities in the borough, and pay special attention to groups that are on in danger of social exclusion or at risk of being left behind.

To ensure that the agreement is implemented properly both bodies will take part in a task force which will serve to monitor the operation and effeciency of the agreement which will be in place for a year, after which further evaluation will take place.

In conclusion the mayor said, “H10 is a company that is serious about its commitments and has done an exceptional job. We are in no doubt that it will continue along this path which links tourism zones and infrastructures with training, service and recognition of the dignity of employees and the work they do”.