Trade School offers the vulnerable job opportunities
Ferrovial Services’ Trade School is a social responsibility initiative designed to enhance the employability of vulnerable people in the regions where the company operates. The initiative was launched in partnership with enterprises from the third sector and company volunteers.
Originally implemented in Spain, the Trade School program is aimed at teaching participants valuable work skills through training and work experience.To date, more than 100 participants have benefited from the Trade School program in Spain and Chile.
The Trade School program contributes to the socio-economic development of the community it serves, and adapts to the needs identified in consultation with local governments, clients and partnernon-profit organisations(NGO). Caritas, SoñarDespierto and Fundación Down count amongst the program's partners.
Who does the Trade School cater for?
- Persons with intellectual or physical disability.
- Long-term unemployed.
- Persons at risk of social exclusion.
- Gender violence victims.
- Unemployed youth.
How does it work?
The Trade School teaches a variety of work skills, from street and facility cleaning, to gardening, customer service and energy efficiency. Theoretical lessons and practical training sessions are facilitated by volunteer employees and external entities. The training includes a period of work experience at a local council,where participants work alongside Ferrovial professionals.Upon completion of the program, the participants are presented with a diploma and are registered in the company's job bank.
The Trade School is part of the Ferrovial Services Community Action Framework and contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals, such as quality education, decent work and economic growth, and sustainable cities and communities. Cities that have so far benefited from a Trade School are: A Coruña, Castro Urdiales, Madrid, Santurce, Talavera de la Reina and Zaragoza in Spain; and Los Andes and Antofagasta in Chile.