Training and Recruitment Grants
Castilla-La Mancha offers several lines of assistance aimed at improving the skills base and increasing the employment possibilities of its citizens: training leading to recruitment, apprenticeship contracts, incentives for hiring on a permanent basis and discounts on social security payments for certain groups.
Training leading to recruitment
- These programs give companies the opportunity to train up unemployed people for recruitment into their company.
- The training courses can be adapted to the needs of the company and/or job.
- Unemployed people of any age can apply and transport grants are available for them to be able to attend the courses.
- The company must commit to employing at least 60 percent of those who complete training.
- The employment contracts offered should preferably be permanent (and full-time), or if otherwise, for a period not less than 6 months. All contracts must comply with the applicable labour laws in force at the time of their completion and must be submitted to the Public Administration along with the relevant documents necessary to justify the subsidy.
- Contracts offered in order to fulfil this commitment to recruit should preferably be for full-time employment or, if part-time, must be for at least 50 percent of the normal working day.
- When awarding grants, the quality and quantity of jobs created is taken particularly into account and priority given to those offering permanent as opposed to temporary contracts and employing full-time workers rather than part-time.
- Subsidy: all expenses incurred in the delivery of training are covered: teaching staff costs, materials, rental of facilities, etc...
- The company may carry out their own training provided they have the proper means to do so, or may contract external training organizations.
- The grant is paid directly once the percentage and type of recruitment has been assessed.
Apprenticeship contracts, incentives.
- This is a contract whose purpose is the professional qualification of workers by means of alternating paid employment in a company with training, i.e. a type of contract that combines work and training in the workplace.
- Students/workers: For those aged between 16 and 25 years (or even up to 30 years old until the rate of unemployment drops to below 15%), who lack the relevant professional qualification.
- Contract: The minimum term of the contract is one year and the maximum three years. Although the duration of the contract may vary according to collective labour agreements, the minimum duration cannot be less than six months or greater than three years. The actual time spent working, compatible with the time devoted to training activities, shall not exceed 75% of the maximum contract hours laid down in the collective agreement (or otherwise, of the maximum legal working day) during the first year, or 85%, during the second and third year. The remuneration shall be fixed in proportion to the time actually worked in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement. In no case shall the compensation be less than the minimum wage in proportion to the actual working time.
- The training course must be one directed towards obtaining a vocational training medium/higher level certificate or a professional certificate or, where appropriate, academic certification or partial cumulative accreditation. This training is 100% subsidized by Social Security.
- Incentives: Throughout the term of the contract, and any further renewals, companies with a workforce of fewer than 250 staff will enjoy a 100% reduction in the employers' Social Security contributions corresponding to these contracts (i.e. contributions for common contingencies, occupational health and work-related accidents, unemployment, wage guarantee fund and professional training). If the workforce is greater than 250, a reduction of 75% will be applied.
Incentives for hiring on a permanent basis.
- The amount of 1,500€ per employee may be awarded to SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) for permanent recruitment, according to the conditions laid out by the Directorate General of Employment.
Discounts on social security payments.
- These discounts are offered by Directorate General of Employment for the recruitment of groups of people at risk of social exclusion and victims of terrorism and domestic violence.