INMA PROJECT: Training and Labour Employment of Qualified Women as Manager of Innovation

INMAconferenciaThe partnership between public and private entities in investigating new ways to promote development is critical in the current situation, economic and social, living Europe and the rest of the world. The INMA European project, focusing on the formation and incorporation of women into the business world and to any other area as managers of innovation, extends and strengthens the initiatives undertaken by the various partners involved: Documenta, European Institute Studies for Training and Development and project sponsor, Santander City Council through its Development Agency, Dimitra (Greece), The West Pomeranian Business School (Poland) and Intelligent and Responsible Territory Management, GTIR (Spain).

Nearing completion, the project held last November 30 its Final Conference in the Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander, attended by the Councillor for Employment and Enterprise Development Gema Díaz Domínguez, Director of the Employment Service of Cantabria Maria Angeles Sopeña, representatives of the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare of the Government of Cantabria, Ms. Amaya Fernández Development Agency of the City of Santander, President of Documenta D. Javier Farto and experts from different European organizations involved.

The exchange of experiences from different agents and areas focused the day, which analyzed both the current situation and future prospects and drivers of change. Also completed with a summary and first assessment of the different face-to-face and virtual training courses for qualified women and unemployed conducted in Spain (Santander), Poland and Greece, which will soon begin their internship in companies. In Santander, 5 of the 25 students selected (45 requests) just entering the labor market.


JS-toolbox Practical Usage in Cantabria

JsToolSdr1JS-toolbox practical usage in Cantabria: a way to address the lack of methodology in the field of labour prospection

In Cantabria, the economic crisis has had a direct impact on the labour market, resulting in widespread unemployment and a surplus of jobseekers in nearly all sectors, but particularly in the construction and services sectors. Public employment services were oversubscribed and it was unlikely that they will be able to find work for unemployed jobseekers in the near future.

According to information from the National Public Employment Service's Jobs Observatory in Cantabria, our region registered unemployment in September 2011 was 44 367, representing a year-on-year increase of 9.8 %.

JsToolSdr2In this context, different initiatives and studies, such as the JSToolbox European project, have identified an urgent need of well-defined working methodologies to promote employability and improve cooperation and coordination between agents working in regional employment policies, to be used by the public Administrations and Public Employment Services, as well as other related agents.

JS-Tool aims to facilitate detection of the most demanded professional profiles on the local and regional scenarios in the coming years as well as the interpretation of future training needs through the use of a practical online tool. By using this tool, the adaptation or update of the existing training programs to new demanded competencies could be facilitated.

Implementation of practical methods to detect labour market needs in Cantabria

Within this discouraging environment in our labour market, three entities regional entities (Estrategia 4, Códice Cantabria, and Documenta) are now facing a research study to elaborate a Redefinition of the Active Employment Policies in Cantabria proposal, commissioned by the Regional Public Employment Service.


GUIDE! Study Case Presentation

GuideRomaThe third transnational meeting of GUIDE! (Good Guidance Stories) project was held on the 15th and 16th November 2012 in the Italian partner’s (CIOPS-FP) facilities in Rome. In this meeting, it was done a review of the project and the following steps that must be taken were established.

In addition, in this session, project partners presented the case studies they had developed during the previous months. These case studies will be used as training material by guidance practitioners in order to enhance them with some competences. The selection of the competences was based on the survey results. Under the frame on the project, partners carried out a survey that was answer by guidance practitioners in the countries of project partners in March 2012. Through the analysis of the survey results, we detected the competences that are best considered by the guidance practitioners to implement their daily work.


IGMA PROJECT WORKSHOP: Developing New Integration Processes Through Guidance

The work of the employment counsellor -mentor, guider, etc.- is always complex in terms of his/her work is developed in a scenario in which different forces or trends converge:

  • The legal and administrative framework of the process: regulations and legal implicit restrictions meaning that the destination is the inclusion in the labour market or training route, both regulated by the state.
  • Professional development of the profession itself: the methodologies and processes applicable to own itinerary differ in formulas and results.
  • The human factor considering that what it is all about is to accompany, guide, advise people in an always personal way and different for each, with the ultimate goal of getting a job, which carries an emotional and vital charge and also a way to stay and participate in society.

On the first point, professional direct intervention is unusual given the breadth of the framework. But as for the next two-capacity action or omission may be decisive in the effectiveness of the orientation process.


With this background, we celebrated in early October a workshop in Santander in which the guidance methodology and performance management proposed in the European project IGMA was reported. The meeting was held at the Training and Employment Centre of Santander City Council. IGMA seeks to develop a methodology for the effective integration of immigrants in training as a gateway to the labour market through case management and the realization of an itinerary tailored to their specific needs.