LACK OF QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS
Many companies have a shortage of professionals, and they are also committed to promoting vocational training in order to have a pool of employees.
11.11.2020 - DISCOVERY TEAM
Unemployment continues to be a cause for concern for part of the Spanish people. Many jobs are characterized by a high demand for qualified professionals, while such specialists are rare. Quite the contrary: it is sometimes difficult to find workers in the field in question.
The problems of companies in the industrial sector of the region when hiring specialists increase. These are specific jobs, such as plumber, welder, boilermaker, instrumentalist, turner, motor mechanic, milling cutter, numerical control personnel and adjuster. The deficit of specialized workers forces them to hire personnel from outside the Region.
"The problem is that there is no generational change, despite the fact that once you learn the trade the salaries are quite high," says Francisco José Ruano, a professor who teaches classes at the Polytechnic Institute of Cartagena.
A reflection of this situation is experienced in Jumilla?s company LOYMA, SL. This company has more than 25 years of experience in the construction of industrial buildings, made with metal structures. Juana María Guardiola Molina, manager of the company, was kind enough to answer some questions:
Discovery Team (DT): What activity does your company LOYMA, SL carry out?
LOYMA, SL (L): In our company we work with steel to make industrial buildings with metal structures, as well as complementary elements, for example, roofs, enclosures, stairs, walkways, and doors.
We carry out the design, structural and resistance calculation, manufacture, transport and assembly throughout Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, and now also in France.
DT: Do you have qualified and specialized personnel? Have you ever lacked qualified personnel?
L: The company has qualified personnel in different fields. Here they work engineers, draftsmen, accountants, administrative staff and especially welders and operators of workshop machinery such as cutting saws and numerical control folding machines, bridge crane operators, structure assemblers, crane operators.
The lack of qualified personnel is constant in our sector; Most of the plant operations personnel have been trained by us internally, through courses and hours of practice.
DT: When you have lacked qualified personnel, where have you turned to get it?
L: We usually consult with the sectoral job boards, such as the employers' federation, and also with the employment services, as well as with the centres that provide vocational training, but above all with word of mouth.
DT: From your point of view, what is the reason for this lack of qualified personnel?
L: To the scarce training offer of professional training of real application that may be related to what the town needs. All this adds to the fact that young people are often unaware of the business activity of their own city. Furthermore, the figure of the apprentice is almost non-existent and the person who joins our companies lacks the will to learn since it is not a vocational choice.
DT: When have you detected the lack of qualified personnel: before the pandemic, during the pandemic, after the pandemic??
The lack of qualified personnel is always constant, this limits the growth of companies, since training, sometimes by the company, takes a long time. In these times of COVID-19 we have noticed that there is less demand for employment, by young people, than we expected.
According to several businessmen in the region: "young people must be encouraged to study FP" as an alternative to university studies or dropping out of school. "It is about explaining the importance and advantages of having a good training in any type of job and achieving a change in culture and thinking at home, dignifying these degrees."