Finding a job has never been easy. Young people know this well, whose incorporation into the labor market is one of the great challenges facing our country. Spain is the member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with the highest unemployment figures among those under 25 years of age, 30.6% in December 2021, almost triple the 11.5% that there is as an OECD average. The data demonstrates the seriousness of a problem that has worsened in the last two years, as a result of the crisis caused by covid-19. Despite everything, there are numerous initiatives aimed at helping this group and providing them with the necessary tools and skills that companies demand.
A good example is the Comprehensive Qualification and Employment Program (PICE), promoted by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce. Its objective is to support young people between the ages of 16 and 29 who want to complete their training to improve their professional profile and gain employment. Esther Moreno knows this well, a 33-year-old from Tenerife who, in 2018, ended up at the PICE almost by chance. That visit of hers changed her life, because a few months later, thanks to the knowledge she acquired in the program, she started her own business, the Esther Cambell eyebrow and makeup studio. Today, this young entrepreneur already has two beauty salons. “Since she was 21 years old she dreamed of this,” she admits.
His training began in Madrid, in renowned hairdressing and make-up schools. She immediately began working for events, advertising and bridal. She is passionate about fashion, she specialized in makeup and later studied a master’s degree in this specialty. Years later she settled in Paris and Bordeaux, where she continued her studies and her work in renowned cosmetic firms.
Entrepreneurship is, above all, dedication and discipline. The course opened my eyes and helped me see something that almost everyone is afraid of as easy. And fear paralyzes!
Esther Moreno, participant in the PICE
Back in Spain, by chance he returned to his native island, hoping to open his business. But, how to undertake with 1,500 euros saved? Far from throwing in the towel, Esther went to the Chamber of Commerce of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It was April 2018. She There she asked how she could start a viable business plan. “They asked me my age at the window. At that time I was 29 years old, they told me to go to the PICE plant, and that’s where I went”, she recalls.
Barely a month later, and after going through job orientation, he completed the course of skills for employability, where he received numerous very useful tips to clarify his ideas. “They helped me see the positive side of failures and encouraged me to lean on them whenever I had problems,” he admits. Even today, she addresses with affection and gratitude one of the PICE specialists who encouraged her from the first minute, Xuancar González. “She believed in me when I didn’t even believe in myself,” she adds. It was an intense month of very practical and enjoyable classes, in which the students fed each other ideas that came and went, with a faculty of teachers fully involved.
He knows in depth all the sides of the coin.
In June, Esther took a further step in her training and enrolled in a specific course in entrepreneurship, where he learned to relate to other sectors. “They taught us that we were all valuable to run any type of business and that you have to interact so that you find the best possible team and that your project is as complete as possible,” she summarizes. Because undertaking, Esther maintains, is neither that difficult nor is it a matter of magic. “It is above all about dedication and discipline. The course opened my eyes and helped me see something that almost everyone is afraid of as easy. And fear paralyzes!” she warns. In a matter of a few days, those responsible for PICE helped Esther draw up the viability plan for her own business. Her collaboration was decisive for the bank to trust her and grant her the necessary credit to give shape to her life’s dream.
“Knowledge does not take place”
With her beauty studio already underway, this young woman decided to help other girls who, like her, had approached the PICE training courses. Her company became a collaborator of the program and Esther began to welcome in her business students training in social makeup. For two years, she has offered her experience as an entrepreneur and shares a master class about makeup and eyebrow design. Some motivational talks that have served to offer security and confidence to young people who take their first steps in the world of aesthetics and makeup.
Contact with them is very close, and many still have a relationship with Esther. “When they arrived at PICE, some of the girls thought it was just a place to hang out and soon discovered that it is the basis for starting a new life,” she says. Because the courses organized by the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Chamber of Commerce provide, in addition to knowledge and new skills, a diploma that certifies the hours spent in the classes, and that opens up possibilities when it comes to receiving and finding job offers.
The Comprehensive Qualification and Employment Program (PICE), promoted by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, aims to support young people between the ages of 16 and 29 who want to complete their training to improve their professional profile and access a job
The relationship and trust that has been established between Esther and the PICE is complete. For a year now, she has been teaching, as a businesswoman and trainer, the specific course Professional makeup techniques and styling. And it has already hired two people that it has incorporated into the workforce through this program of the Chamber of Commerce of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. After four years of collaboration, he encourages young people to approach this institution and lose their fear of enrolling in training courses. “They will learn precious things about themselves and will be pleasantly surprised, because knowledge does not take up space,” he emphasizes.
Esther Moreno’s story demonstrates how tenacity, training and the constant desire to learn make it possible to find that dream job. And there the Chamber of Commerce brings her years of experience and knowledge of the labor market, through courses and training adapted to all sectors and any age group, with specific programs for the youngest, one of the weakest links in the labor market.
Training to promote labor insertion
Promoted by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Shipping, the Comprehensive Qualification and Employment Program (PICE) is part of the National Youth Guarantee System of the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy, financed through the European Social Fund. Through the provision of a guide and support service through a training process that favors labor insertion, the PICE puts in contact, through the network of attached Chambers of Commerce, young people under 30 who are seeking employment with the companies of each geographic demarcation that need to fill jobs.
The PICE consists, on the one hand, of the Training Plan: this complete training itinerary is carried out in person at the Chambers of Commerce, and provides students with the necessary tools to improve their employment opportunities. For its part, the Mobility Plan helps young people to carry out internships abroad, enjoy stays in countries throughout the European Union or benefit from grants and scholarships to complete their academic and professional training.