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islands canary professional free training as drivers

Free training as professional drivers in the Canary Islands

Free training as professional drivers in the Canary Islands.

The Ministry of Tourism and Employment is launching a pioneering project in Spain, fully financed by the Canary Islands Employment Service (SCE), which will provide free training to unemployed people, as well as employed workers who decide to reorient their professional careers to become professional drivers for passenger and freight transport.

The programme, which will be implemented by the Federation of Transport Entrepreneurs of the Canary Islands (FET), will make it possible to alleviate the shortage of uncovered personnel by transport companies in the Archipelago, currently estimated at 500 jobs.

The Minister of Tourism and Employment, Jéssica de León, pointed out that "the project is doubly positive, since it not only allows training people who are looking for job opportunities, but also offers immediate and real job opportunities in a sector that is very much in need of professionals".

"The objective of the Ministry is to adjust the demand of the labor market, the jobs in which there are vacancies with the availability of unemployed people," said De León, who explained that 306 people will benefit from this initiative. In addition, he underlined the good coordination with the FET to make the project possible.

"The lack of drivers is due, according to the president of the FET, José Agustín Espino, to the fact that the license is not easy, mainly because all those interested must have the Certificate of Professional Aptitude (CAP), the mandatory training that drivers who want to have the document to drive heavy vehicles such as the C or D need to obtain. This means that a person without a job has to spend months preparing for this exam." To which he added that "the cost is high, it can be between 4,000 and 6,000 euros, so there are people who cannot afford it".

She also stressed that "in both the passenger transport sector and the freight sector, the trend is towards a progressive ageing of the professional group, although fortunately there is an increasing incorporation of women into the sector".

In the Canary Islands, 15% of women are represented by passenger transport, while freight transport accounts for 1.5%.

The SCE will assume the cost of the training in the amount of 563,011.65 euros. The training actions, 20 in total, will be given in all the Islands. The minimum age to access the courses is 21 years old, a requirement required by the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) to be able to take the professional driving licence exam, while the maximum is 55 years old. The project will be completed in 11 months.
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