SOLTRA recognised by the Mahou Foundation for its boost to employment

27 Oct. 2022 | SOLTRA

In its fourth edition, the awards recognise the work that companies and social entities carry out in favour of youth employment through initiatives capable of offering job opportunities, with special emphasis on those aimed at groups with more difficulties.

SOLTRA recognised by the Mahou Foundation for its boost to employment

27 Oct. 2022 | SOLTRA

The Mahou San Miguel Foundation announced yesterday the winners of the IV Awards for the Promotion of Youth Employment, which is organised in collaboration with the Sustainability Excellence Club whose The Committee of Honour is chaired by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain. The award ceremony was also attended by the well-known writer and populariser Elsa Punset.

In its fourth edition, the awards recognise the work that companies and social entities carry out in favour of youth employment through initiatives capable of offering job opportunities, with special emphasis on those aimed at groups with more difficulties. These awards also aim to raise awareness among both the business community and society in general of the need to encourage this type of practice in order to improve employability and competitiveness, promoting closer ties between the business world and education.

The winners were:

  • Great Company Award: Hefame Group, for the Logistics School (ELO). A programme offering free training to unemployed and vulnerable people, which trains participants to perform logistics functions in automated and robotised environments where interaction with new technologies is key. Since its inception seven years ago, it has had 340 participants and nearly 80% have had the opportunity to work in the Group itself
  • SME Award: EGA Master, for its commitment to young people. This industrial tool manufacturer is working on a project based on people and young talent as the main capital and asset of the organisation. It also promotes, through innovative methodologies, the professional development of all the groups that form part of it.
  • Third Sector Great Social Entity Award: Orange Foundation for its GarageLab programme, an initiative that helps to combat school absenteeism and reduce the school dropout rate. It is a space for joint creation in which the main protagonist is the students, who put their own ideas into practice in order to address issues of concern to them in their environment. The way of working within it is based on active methodologies based on “Design Thinking” and project-based learning.
  • Third Sector Small Social Entity Award (which, as a novelty this year, has a special prize of €10,000): La Rueca Asociación by the Tierra Cooking School, a project that trains young people to improve their basic, transversal and digital skills with the individual accompaniment of each participant through mentoring. Ultimately, this employment pathway provides young people with training, empowerment for their transition to adulthood and a job opportunity.
  • Special Mention Third Sector Large Entity: SOLTRA, for its initiative Potenciando Capacidades (Empowering Capacities), a non-profit social initiative organisation that aims to achieve the labour inclusion of people with different abilities through the generation of quality employment A social project in which the values of diversity, equality, inclusion, personal initiative, honesty and dignity are highlighted on a daily basis.

In his speech, the president of Fundación Mahou San MiguelAlfredo Mahou, stressed that “This edition of the awards has been very special for us because we meet again to celebrate the efforts of many companies and organisations that have continued to work to generate opportunities. Courageous organisations that help young people to progress, detecting new needs and offering innovative and constructive responses”.

More than 230 projects generating quality jobs

In this edition, the jury was composed by Carmen Menéndez, Deputy Director General of Active Policies of the SEPE; José María Rodríguez, Director General of Secondary Education, Vocational Training and Special Regime of the Community of Madrid; Ana MillánDirector of the Accenture Foundation (winners of the last edition of the award); Clara BassolsDirector of the Bertelsmann Foundation; Carmen MartínezThe company’s Happiness Lead and Director of People at Mahou San Miguel’s Water Business Unit; Virginia Luca de TenaDirector of Fundación Mahou San Miguel and Juan AlfaroSecretary General of the Club de Excelencia en Sostenibilidad.

In the four editions held since its inception, the Youth Employment Promotion Award has received more than 230 job creation initiatives from all over Spain. To award the prizes, the jury took into account both the impact of the projects and the value they bring in the creation of stable and quality employment, especially when they are aimed at groups of young people with difficulties; their consistency and permanence over time; the replicability of the model in other areas or regions; their innovative nature and their scope. It was also assessed whether the initiatives took into account the concept of sustainability in its triple aspect: economic, environmental and social.

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