Local Daily News 29th November
89% of university students in the province of Alicante who are looking for work find it in the first year
They have been involved in the employment of their students for years, but the forthcoming inclusion of the level of employability of students as a new requirement when it comes to receiving funding from the Generalitat, has served to wake up the universities of the province, which already plan to introduce – from day one – extra training in skills provided by practical workshops, in direct contact with business demands.
The most recent data on labor insertion of graduate students in the province, collected by the Quality services of the universities of Alicante and Miguel Hernández de Elche, show an average of 89% employment within the first year, among graduates who look for work once they have successfully completed their degree.
Specifically, the employment rate that the UMH and the UA present among their graduates, always according to the data provided by academic institutions after the corresponding survey among graduates seeking employment, amounts to 92.63% and 88.1% respectively.
Among the degrees that exceed 95% employability in both campuses are Medicine, Nursing or Physiotherapy in the health sector; engineering in general but with higher levels of occupation in Computer Science, Biomedicine, Robotics, Electrical, Telecommunications and Technical Architecture; as well as Labor Relations, Mathematics, Physical Activity and Sports Sciences.
“The employability of graduates is addressed as a major objective through the Occupational Observatory”, underlines the vice-rector for Students of the UMH, José Juan López.
Like the delegate of the rector for Employment at the UA, Nuria Grané, emphasizes the promotion of endless courses, workshops, seminars and extra-curricular internship projects with which they try to place students “in the best conditions for employment”, specifies Grané.
And with this objective they similarly promote entrepreneurial initiative among students, but understand from the starting point that “we are all entrepreneurs, not just those who are going to work on their own”, clarifies the rector’s delegate. “Entrepreneurship activities are both to generate work and to search for it,” agrees López.
In this package of extra skills for their graduates, universities are well aware of the general demand of companies in terms of personal skills when hiring new employees.
The knowledge that university degrees provide may be more generic than what the employer requires, hence certain competencies that provide that extra are an essential part that, added to the academic record and internships, allows us to take the lead in terms of employment.
“If you fail in these personal skills, you won’t be chosen by the employer,” warns Victor Tatay, regional director of the Addeco group. Knowing how to relate, communicate effectively, self-regulate emotions, work as a team, be flexible and have the ability to adapt to continuous changes, which is the day-to-day of today’s company, as stated by María Luz Pomares, expert in Human Resources at MLP in the province, are some essential points the employer looks for.
Tatay and Pomares also add leadership and motivation to achieve optimal productivity, coupled with planning, the ability to resolve conflicts and, of course, mastery of technology as well as multiple languages.
In this regard, the Vice President of Hosbec and CEO of Magic Costa Blanca, Javier García, values the “great work” of the universities in preparing young people”, both in the ability to address continuous learning and in rational and critical thinking, but it misses a greater approach to the knowledge and capacities that private companies demand.
“Management, leadership and communication skills are skills that should be included in the training content of universities,” says García, who in turn, and with respect to the sector in which he operates, believes that if they were now put into practice, almost half of the contents of some degrees “are obsolete, it would be necessary to update them, opening new bridges with the tourism company so that it improves,” he points out.
Education proposes Acciona for the award of the construction of the Colegio Amanecer de Torrevieja
The Ministry of Education has proposed the company Acciona as the winner of the works for the Amanecer de Torrevieja Public School for 6,019,000 euros (VAT included). This Early Childhood and Primary education center has been operating, since its creation in 2004, on a plot of green area in the Mar Azul urbanization, at the southern end of the Torrevieja coastline. It is one of the oldest schools that has been kept in prefabricated classrooms in the Valencian Community.
The project, with an execution period of 14 months once the contract is formalized, includes the construction of 6 nursery classrooms, 12 Primary classrooms and a dining room for 360 people in two shifts, as well as a gym. The project on 8,871 square meters includes a distribution in three buildings: a classroom for Infants on the ground floor and upper floor, another for Primary in a single pavilion on the ground floor, and the gym. In addition to two sports courts, a school garden, playgrounds for the two cycles or bicycle parking, among other facilities. The center will have, in addition to the specific nursery and primary classrooms, a special education classroom, computer room, music room and multipurpose rooms. In the Nursery and Primary buildings, an air conditioning and ventilation installation is projected using air treatment units (AHU) specifically designed to guarantee the correct renewal of the air in the classrooms, and heat pumps.
The plot transferred by the Torrevieja City Council to the Generalitat is located next to the CV-905, between the business centre of the Alicante Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Development Center. The two main entrances to Infant and Primary will be located on Avenida de los Nenúfares.
In parallel to this process, the City Council has to award the redevelopment of the plot with a budget of 420,000 euros to provide the land on which the center of basic services such as power supply, sidewalks, sanitation and rainwater collectors will be built, among other infrastructures that the soil lacks.
The Amanecer Public School has been in prefabricated buildings for 17 years, with announcements of the “imminent” tender for the new center by the Generalitat almost since the first prefabricated classrooms were installed in September 2004. The Generalitat announced in 2020 the tender for the month of April of this year and the award for autumn – deadlines that, for now, have been met – and the start of works for the first quarter of 2022 with which the school could begin its journey in the academic year 2023-2024.
During the previous municipal mandate, the Generalitat modified the location of the plot planned for the new center that the municipality had proposed in 2010 on the land with the worst conditions in Villa Amalia: flooded and next to the N-332. A change that nevertheless provoked the rejection of the Association of Parents of Students and a demonstration because it considers that the one finally chosen on Nenúfares avenue is very far from the current one.
The Local Police reinforces surveillance in rural areas with random checks
The Local Police of Alicante has launched a special operation during this month of November in rural areas of the municipality of Alicante, with the aim of increasing surveillance and security, organizing random checks in morning, afternoon and night shifts, with which they also intend to prevent theft both in farms and rural properties.
This device, implemented in entrances, farms and rural housing environments, reinforces the constant surveillance carried out throughout the year by the Rural Parties Unit (UPR) of the Local Police to attend and guarantee security permanently to the residents of all rural areas, also providing them with a direct contact mobile so that their communication is faster, more agile and closer, and thus improves the attention of the Police in the areas.
Since the beginning of November, various checks have been carried out that have been deployed together with the Traffic units, the Citizen Security Unit and the Rural Party Unit, in which some thirty agents have participated in La Alcoraya, El Bacarot, La Cañada del Fenollar, El Rebolledo, El Pla de la Vallonga, Font Calent, El Moralet, El Verdegás and Tángel. The police have organized preventive checks and protection against crimes, and against property in the rural environment and forest surveillance.
In these checks, the Local Police verifies documentation of both vehicles and drivers. Police sources assure that these surveillances produce a deterrent effect on possible perpetrators of criminal acts in the most remote areas of the city.
As a result of the operation, in the checks carried out during this month of November, dozens of records have been drawn up for violations of traffic regulations, as well as several administrative proceedings for drug possession.
The Alicante City Council has a specialized police unit in rural areas with more than thirty years of experience that the current Consistory took up again in July of 2018 so that it could once again operate in prevention and information matters.
The mayor of Security, José Ramón González, has valued the vigilance carried out by the Rural Party Unit and pointed out that “this police operation reinforces the work they carry out throughout the year, since their contact is direct, and these checks and the continuous police presence have managed to provide greater security to these rural areas”.
According to municipal sources, the residents of the departures have direct contact with a UPR command in order to receive prompt and close police assistance to improve service. Police officers work several shifts in morning, afternoon and night shifts, with the system from Monday to Sunday.
The police unit has defibrillators in its patrols, and maintains a collaboration with the firefighters and the health services that is decisive when it comes to solving an emergency since the police of the rural areas know each of the streets and roads that they serve.
The UPR controls and monitors throughout the year the areas of the rural departures with units divided into two zones, north and south, with patrols that work continuously in vehicles and on foot carrying out preventive surveillance.
In addition, the UPR carries out a specific surveillance service and intervenes in matters related to animals, for which coordination is maintained with the animal protector and the municipal veterinarian.
In addition, in November, the National Police carried out several interventions in companies that acted illegally in rural areas. At the beginning of the month, an operation was carried out to intervene in four workshops and a scrapyard. This operation led to a second one, which resulted in the stoppage of two companies and a workshop located in the El Bacarot area, in addition to the dismantling of 28 vehicles. In total, 35 people were identified in both operations.
The Council focuses on the Vega Baja in its budget
The Generalitat’s budget for 2022 accelerates its parliamentary processing these days with the horizon set on the 22nd of December, the day on which the left-wing coalition that supports the autonomous government will approve the seventh Botànic accounts in the Courts. It will do so, predictably, regardless of any support from the opposition bench for a project that, specifically, foresees a direct injection of 598.6 million euros in the province, of which 431 million already have a defined destination based on a distribution by region. The budget items planned by the Council, which will allocate 50% more funds than last year in the Alicante territory, have been designed with an emphasis on Vega Baja, a key territory for the Executive chaired by Ximo Puig. Thus, the south of the Valencian Community will receive one out of every four euros of those allocated to the province, the highest award based on the number of inhabitants with very obvious objectives: to compensate for the historical deficit of investments in the demarcation.
There are 107.96 million euros that the Valencian Government will allocate to finance projects that show the need to attend to first-rate infrastructures, such as the construction of the Dama de Guardamar del Segura school, for which 4.9 million euros have been reserved, or the expansion of the Vega Baja Hospital, with an item of 16 million euros that comes at a time when the public management of the department of Torrevieja begins to start after the reversal due to the termination of the contract with Ribera Salud. The boost to the Pilar de la Horadada sludge composting plant will be carried out with 7.3 million euros and an additional 16 million have been reserved to implement infrastructures linked to the Vega Renhace plan.
The commitment to relaunch the region after the devastating DANA of 2019 is, without a doubt, one of the main axes on which the policies of the Council in La Vega pivot. The destructive meteorological phenomenon that devastated the region was a turning point, a misfortune that evidenced the lack of equipment. Since that event, which occurred in the initial phase of the current legislature, the Council, and especially Puig, have intensified their agenda in the territory.
Sources from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Model detail that, of the 167 million euros allocated to the province but which have not been assigned to any specific region, a large part will end up benefiting since 70 million are allocated for infrastructures and to promote mobility; 30 million for the acquisition of social housing; 20 million for actions in educational centers and 14.6 for the conservation and maintenance of transport infrastructures. Amounts that, likewise, will be increased with the 1,742 million for the Community as a whole contemplated in the budgets that have not been territorialized.
What is already reflected and probably will not change, since the parliamentary majority of the left forces guarantees to approve the accounts designed by the Botánic, is that in the region of l’Alacantí 117.4 million have been allocated for actions among which stand out: 16.5 million for the improvement of pedestrian mobility in the Alicante esplanade; 5.25 million from the Building Plan in Mutxamel; 7.53 million for the Muelle 5 building in Alicante, or also 9 million euros for the restoration of centuries-old viaducts through which line 9 of the Tram runs between Benidorm and Dénia.