The Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, and the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, presented this morning, at the School of Industrial Organization (EOI) in Madrid, the Professional Training Plan for the sector of the tourism, in an act with the social agents.

The objective of the Plan, which is integrated into the Tourism Promotion Plan presented last June by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, is to improve the skills and qualifications of workers, optimizing their employability, and contributing to the improvement of productivity and competitiveness of companies, favoring the reactivation of the sector.

The Plan also seeks to promote new forms of national and international tourism, promoting the transformation and digitization of the sector and cushioning the impact of the health crisis in the sector. The Training Plan is also an effective instrument to promote the creation of quality employment and a vocation for durability, an inalienable objective of the Government. The main measures are:

* Consolidate the measures, related to employment, created and implemented after the emergence of the crisis caused by COVID-19.

* Promote the Digitalízate project, reinforcing the spaces for free courses and training resources already offered by both FUNDAE and SEPE on their web pages.

* Anticipate the training needs that will need to be addressed. For this reason, the Public Employment Service plans to publish, in 2020, a specific call for the Tourism sector, aimed at subsidizing training programs, at the state level, which will be managed in advance.

* Creation of the Professional Skills Card in Hospitality, which will collect the information related to the work experience and the training of its holder.

The Training Plan will be managed in advance and its execution will take place from the first quarter of 2021. A total of 70,000 professionals in this sector, which represents more than 12% of GDP and around 13.6% of employment , will be able to benefit from this Plan, for which the Government is going to allocate a total of 40 million euros.

Support to the sector

During her speech, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, highlighted the importance of “workers as an essential element of the success of our tourism model. Human capital stands as essential to guarantee the future of tourism. To do this, their rights must be guaranteed and invest in their education, training and professional qualification as they are the basis for offering a quality service ”. For Maroto "the Plan that we present today is committed to maintaining employment in the sector, thus favoring the reactivation of tourism and cushioning the impact of the health crisis." Maroto has detailed that this plan is added to other training in Tourism, with which the total endowment of all of them is 135 million euros.

The Minister of Industry has announced that on November 13 the Spanish Tourism Council will be held where the training plans and modernization and competitiveness of the tourism sector will be analyzed, "in order to promote resilience, digitization, sustainability, diversification and the added value of this sector ”.

For her part, the Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, pointed out during her speech that “a tourist power like that of Spain is not going to fall and we are not going to let it fall. That is the government's commitment here today. On the contrary, we are going to take advantage of the General State Budgets of 2021 and, in particular, the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan that we have put in place, to reposition tourism on a certain and sustainable horizon in the medium and long term for our country".

“The training that we are launching this time – said Díaz in reference to the social agents – follows the path of adaptation that you have been demanding of us, linked to the lines of sustainability and digitization, in which training plays a key role of our professionals. These three axes are the ones that will guarantee us, without a doubt, a more prosperous future in our country, reaffirming Spain as a destination of tourist excellence and, by extension, of professional excellence ”.

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