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Consell offers training with hiring pledge in social and health care*

The Formentera Office of Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce that the Jobseekers' Office of the Balearic Islands (Servei d'Ocupacio de les Illes Balears/SOIB) is seeking participants in a Consell de Formentera-hosted SOIB training programme with a commitment to recruit.

As part of tier-two professional certification programme SSCS0208, ten trainees will learn the ropes providing dependent individuals in social institutions with social and medical care. The course will last 450 hours (370 hours of theory, 80 hours of practice).

The programme is scheduled to start 12 November. Sessions will run Monday to Friday from 3.00pm to 9.00pm at the Formentera Day Centre. Once training is complete, at least 60% of students demonstrating capability will be recruited for one of the centres operated by the Consell de Formentera. Registration ends 9 November.

More information and to sign up, click here.

5 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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At WTM, Formentera promises visitors unique experience and underscores commitment to sustainability

foto 2021 wtm AThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report that the island will be promoted at London's World Travel Market between 1 and 3 November. Formentera will have a stand, shared with the rest of the islands, where visitors will be able to learn about the island's tourism offerings, with special emphasis on off-season proposals and its sustainable side.
On the second day of the fair, Tuesday 2 November, at 1 p.m. there will be a presentation of the Balearic Islands and a round table discussion with the participation of all the islands. The vice-president and councillor of tourism, Alejandra Ferrer, will highlight in this colloquium "projects such as Formentera.eco for a more sustainable mobility or the 'Save Posidonia Project' for the protection of posidonia and our coastline, in addition to the other actions we are doing on our island to ensure that the traveller's experience is unique. Also after the covid-19 affectation on a global scale, we will continue to highlight that Formentera has a large number of open spaces with little influx of people that mean a competitive advantage as it allows you to enjoy the island in a safer way".

During the fair, contacts will be maintained with tour operators and travel agents who already have the calendar for next season set. Formentera will showcase the opportunities it offers to practice sports or enjoy its cultural offerings, explore nature or take ornithological routes, while learning about its past and the island's most deeply-rooted traditions. The last edition of the WTM was virtual, due to the health crisis, this year the two forms are combined, on 8 and 9 November there will be online meetings in which Formentera will also participate.

Global European Market

On the other hand, it should be noted that today Formentera participates in a promotional action, the Global European Market organized by the European Tourism Association. It is an activity of 15-minute appointments in which the attractions of the island are highlighted. Throughout the day more than 25 appointments are arranged with travel agencies specializing in customers with high purchasing power.

28 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

8 islanders submit to exam for artisan accreditation

foto 2021 mestres artesans CThe Formentera Office of Commerce is pleased to report that exams will take place this week for aspirants to the island's accreditation for artisans and craft tradespeople. Seven candidates exercise trades in jewellery, costume jewellery, passementerie, carpentry and object decoration, and the eighth will vie for the title of Master Artisan in jewellery. The previous round of exams occurred in 2017.

President and Commerce Councillor Ana Juan wished examinees good luck and insisted, "The fact that eight artisans are undergoing examination is testament to their interest in professional training and growth, not to mention to the good health of our artisanry on the island". Juan pointed out that "craft markets are part of our identity, an asset to tourism and a modest local industry that we must look after".

Examination and competences

A technical committee made up of master craftspeople and municipal staff specialists visits applicants' workshops, where examinees are asked to make the items for which they seek accreditation, while members of the examining board observe examinees' working methods and ask practical questions regarding technique and production process.

Visits last approximately 20-25 minutes and, depending on the nature of the request, whether for the title of artisan or master artisan, candidates must display basic notions of the trade and trade-specific tools, equipment and machinery, as well as of the origin of materials used, processes of preparation, handling, production and finishing, safety and hygiene requirements of the trade and more.

A minimum one-year work experience in the field is required to take the artisan accreditation exam, and ten years' experience is required to obtain master-level credentials. An examinee's trade must be included in the Consell's Craft Trade Repertory. Today on Formentera there are about sixty accredited artisans, ten master artisans and four honorary master artisans.

27 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera insists changes key to making tourism management competences equitable for four islands

foto 2021 promo turisticaAThe Vice President and Councillor of Tourism Management and Promotion, Alejandra Ferrer, participated today in the first presentation of the Mixed Devolution Committee regarding conferral of authority on tourism management to the Consell de Mallorca. Attendees of the gathering heard the definitive terms of the authority transfer, which took place because Mallorca was the only one of the four islands without authority in the realm of tourism management.

Ferrer pointed out that when the committee first convened, Formentera backed creation of a research unit to re-evaluate previous competence transfers and ensure they were equitable. "We're asking for an expansion of competences and funding", said Ferrer, "and we're asking that the provision of civil servants, software and hardware set to benefit the Consell de Mallorca be effective for Formentera as well". Ferrer called the review "necessary upkeep", and stressed that a considerable amount of time had passed since past power transfers had taken place: 24 years in the case of the Consell d'Eivissa i Formentera and 13 years for the Consell de Formentera.

In consequence, Ferrer abstained from the vote and reiterated her plea for a joint assessment of the competence hand-off agreed with the other islands, as happened with the hand-off of tourism promotion powers to the governments of Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera. The terms of that deal came under review and were revised based on the transfer package which had been offered to Eivissa two years earlier.

"In short", concluded Ferrer, "we want to account for the allocation of more than 60 workers, as well as financial and technological resources, and to review the needs of the other island governments so that this distribution is equal, fair and on par with current needs".

25 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Fresh round of training for future youth activity leaders

cartell 2021 SOIB joveThe Formentera Office of Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce it will seek 10 candidates aged 16 to 29 for employment and training as youth activity leaders. Participants will receive professional accreditation to lead educational leisure activities for children and youth, part of "Activity leaders and A2-level English", an initiative to help youth gain employment and training.

Applicants must be registered as unemployed with the Balearic Job-Seekers' Service (Servei d'Ocupació de les Illes Balears, SOIB) and have visited the Formentera SOIB to register on the National Youth Guarantee System (Sistema Nacional de Garantia Juvenil). Aspiring candidates have until 3 November to complete registration in the Mixed Training and Employment Programmes 2020-2021 section of the SOIB website.

The training receives financial support from the training and employment division of the SOIB as part of the service's Certificate of Professionalism programme.

22 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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