Vocational training

The European conversion initiative offers solar installations and other professional training to millions of people

Iberdrolawith other companies such as AstraZeneca, Nestlé, SAP, Sonae, Telefónica and the Volvo Group, co-lead the European program Requalification for employment (R4E), as well as the launch of a website to promote training and the search for structural solutions to unemployment on the European continent.

Ignacio Galán, president of Iberdrola, member of the ERT and one of the main promoters of the initiative, underlines that “in less than 30 years we must move from a world still very dependent on fossil fuels to zero emissions net. The next decade will be decisive to achieve this, and innovation and talent, two fundamental values ​​of our company, will be necessary.

“In the next two years alone, Iberdrola will train 15,000 people through our green job retraining programs, creating high-quality jobs to achieve a cleaner, smarter energy system,” continues Galán. Iberdola plans to train installers of solar panel power plants and installers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. “We invite all organizations and businesses to join this initiative, contributing to the transformation that will improve efficiency, create jobs and ultimately make this planet a better place to live.”

Promoted by the European Industry Roundtable (ERT), the R4E program is already operational in Portugal, Spain and Sweden; it is being prepared for launch in other EU countries with other companies, recycling providers, innovative start-ups and recruitment agencies. This pan-European training initiative was created to promote collaboration and partnership between training providers, companies and jobseekers with the aim of addressing skills shortages in emerging sectors, at a time when the employment in Europe is undergoing significant changes.

The R4E initiative ultimately aims to improve skills and secure new jobs for 5 million people by 2030. This initiative provides an adult learning ecosystem, where candidates are introduced to training and employment opportunities and then receive training, guidance and access to a ready future. work. The process requires targeted training programs, candidate orientation, and well-connected local employment ecosystems where training providers and businesses can quickly connect candidates to job vacancies.

The R4E initiative, which is tailored to the specific needs and contexts of each country, has a comprehensive model and works through four mechanisms: technology training for reskilling, including a common platform and recommendations driven by the artificial intelligence ; a network of selected and quality training providers and placement companies; creating job ecosystems in cities to match labor supply and demand; and the design of funding schemes to align incentives for training providers, companies and candidates.