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Factsheet for case ES-2020-36/1320 – measures in Spain

Programs to improve the employability of unemployed people

Programa para la mejora de la ocupabilidad de los desempleados

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 September 2020 – 31 December 2021
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies, incl. subsidised job creation
Author Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound
Case created 24 October 2020 (updated 03 November 2020)

Background information

The COVID-19 crisis has triggered an increase in unemployment. In order to help the unemployed to find a job, a program has been launched to enhance the employability through dual vocational training measures, and more specifically through Workshop Schools (Escuelas Taller), Trade Houses (Casas de Oficios) and the Employment Workshops (Talleres de Empleo). These are configured as a mixed employment and training program, the main objective of which is to improve the employability of unemployed people, in order to facilitate their insertion into the labor market.

Content of measure

The measure approved has a total budget of €16,842,000, to be executed in 2020 and 2021, charged to the budgets of the Public Employment Service, SEPE, which will be used to finance the programs of Workshop Schools and Trade Houses as well as Employment Workshops in the exclusive area of ​​SEPE management, in collaboration with organs and agencies of the General State Administration. The grant approved today, charged to the credit reserve, established in the SEPE expenditure budget, referred to in article 21.4 of the Employment Law, will allow the execution of 2,700 employment contracts.

This measure adds to the subsidy, already approved by the Council of Ministers on August 4, for a call for subsidies, amounting to €23 million, to finance the employment plans of Ceuta and Melilla, and which has the objective is to recruit at least 1,700 people in the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla.

Use of measure

No data available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
Local / regional government
Public employment service
Public support service providers
European Funds
Local funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


Some social partner orgnisations used to be the organisations taking part in the implementation by being the Workshop Schools and Trade Houses where the training happens.

Views and reactions

No views have been reported.


  • 08 September 2020: xtracto de la Resolución de 8 de septiembre de 2020, del Servicio Público de Empleo Estatal, por la que se aprueba la convocatoria para la concesión de subvenciones a los programas de Escuelas Taller y Casas de Oficios y de Talleres de Empleo, en el ámbito exclusivo de gestión del citado Servicio, de proyectos en colaboración con órganos y organismos de la Administración General del Estado. (


Eurofound (2020), Programs to improve the employability of unemployed people, case ES-2020-36/1320 (measures in Spain), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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