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Spain's metal industry 'needs 150,000 qualified workers'
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 @ 7:44 PM

METALWORKERS are in extremely short supply in Spain – in fact, anyone qualified in the sector is practically guaranteed to find employment, according to industry confederation Confemetal.

Its recent research, titled Study on the Needs of Professional Competence and Apprenticeship in the Spanish Metal Industry, reveals that around 150,000 qualified tradespeople are necessary to cover present and future demand.

Everyone from soldering experts to electricians through to specialists in 3D technology and robotics are being sought now and will continue to be in years to come, Confemetal says.

Its research details employee profiles the industry needs, as well as trade and services the sector provides, and will form the basis for a future training scheme Confemetal will be designing jointly with two of Spain's main unions, the labourers' commissions (CCOO) and General Workers' Union (UGT).

The absence of qualified metalworkers is already limiting growth, productivity and competitiveness in the sector and will do so in the future, meaning it will struggle to keep up with demand as the national economy grows.

Traditional manual trades alone within the metal industry account for about 60,000 unfilled vacancies, without even taking into account the more 'modern' sector needs.



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