President Baleària, Adolfo Utor, today received in the Tangier delegation of the shipping company the trade mission to Morocco led by the President of the Valencian Government Ximo Puig. The event was also attended by the Spanish ambassador to Morocco, Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner and the general secretary for Vocational Training in that country, Arafat Atmoun, among other authorities.
Adolfo Utor has explained the training and employment generation project aimed at students in Morocco that began in October, thanks to a public-private alliance, which improves the employability and employment of 100 young Moroccans, who are trained in trades linked to On board services and you have the opportunity to be hired by the shipping company. Among the institutions participating in the project, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) stands out, while Morocco is involved in the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Tourism and Transportation and the Office of Vocational Training and Promotion of Labor (OFPPT ).
The president of the shipping company has stressed that “Currently 150 employees of Moroccan origin work in Baleària, which represents 10% of the total workforce”, and has recalled that it connects Tangier with Algeciras since 2003 and has operated between Almería and Nador since 2017; which means an annual traffic of 800.000 passengers. In addition, it has highlighted the cultural and social ties with Morocco where this year it will promote three cultural and social projects from the hand of the Fundació Baleària.
For his part, Ximo Puig, president of the Generalitat Valenciana, has valued the work of Baleària in Morocco and this training program. Puig has pointed out: “Projects like this are essential for young people to acquire the best skills and abilities in order to guarantee their insertion in the labor market”.
So far, 20 students from different areas of Morocco have already completed the first course, of which 15 are already part of the Baleària job bank. A new phase of the project will begin in March, which is expected to be extended until 2021.