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Consell to hire 12 unemployed people in winter run of SOIB Reactiva

The Formentera Office of Entrepreneurship and Local Development (Conselleria d'Emprenedoria i Desenvolupament Local) is pleased to report that this winter the office will recruit 12 jobless islanders through the SOIB Reactiva programme. The needs of the six-month programme will be covered by two distinct rounds of recruitment, with nine individuals starting in December as part of the first. Interested parties can register now by selecting the corresponding offer on the SOIB website. The application period closes 14 November.

Consell de Formentera President and Councillor of Entrepreneurship Ana Juan said she hoped to see a repeat of last year's experience, which she asserted was "positive for unemployed islanders", and defended initiatives that "aim to stimulate employment on Formentera".

Round-one profiles:

-Line 1 (for unemployed under-30s registered with the National Youth Guarantee System): three administrative assistants and two brigade operators.
-Line 3 (for short-term unemployed over-30s): two information assistants, one member of cleaning staff and one brigade member.

SOIB Reactiva 2021 is a programme of the Balearic Job-seekers' Service (Servei d'Ocupació de les Illes Balears/SOIB) and is co-financed by the European Social Fund's Operational Programmes for Youth and Regional Employment 2014-2020 and Spain's Sectoral Conference on Employment and Labor Affairs.

9 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera becomes first European destination to sign UNESCO's Sustainable Tourism Commitment with Expedia

foto 2021 sostenibilitatThe Formentera Office Tourism has signed an agreement with the online travel agency Expedia to disseminate and promote the UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Commitment. Formentera is the first European destination to join the collaborative effort, and the second worldwide after Thailand.

“This agreement is about encouraging sustainable and responsible travel to Formentera, seeking ever greater environmental awareness and optimising sustainable practices in travel and the public and private sectors”, said Vice President and Councillor of Tourism Alejandra Ferrer. The deal includes specific measures to develop sustainability on the island, and is in line the objectives of the Tourism Reactivation Plan 2021/22, adopted by local government in consensus with the sector.

The arrangement focuses on fomenting sustainable and responsible travel by attracting quality visitors who respect the environment and generate a return for Formentera. It is also aimed at promoting sustainability with new and positive destination experiences and emerging secondary experiences. It additionally seeks to mitigate the negative environmental and cultural impacts of travel and sightseeing, establish Formentera as a leader among sustainable destinations (related projects include safeguards on posidonia, the ban on plastic bags, the promotion of sustainable mobility and more) and set an example for the travel sector in its broadest sense, nationally and internationally.

Expedia Group promotes travel around the world and will now highlight Formentera as an island that cares about sustainability. The company will bring visibility to the private sector's commitment to environmental protection by highlighting whether particular stakeholders have reduced single-use plastics, if they support local communities and culture, have cut waste and improved their management of energy and water.

The idea is also to take advantage of industry experience and digital technology to create a sustainable framework on Formentera that develops the local economy, especially in tourism, and to promote policies for the inclusion and safety of travellers.

8 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell offers training with hiring pledge in social and health care*

The Formentera Office of Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce that the Jobseekers' Office of the Balearic Islands (Servei d'Ocupacio de les Illes Balears/SOIB) is seeking participants in a Consell de Formentera-hosted SOIB training programme with a commitment to recruit.

As part of tier-two professional certification programme SSCS0208, ten trainees will learn the ropes providing dependent individuals in social institutions with social and medical care. The course will last 450 hours (370 hours of theory, 80 hours of practice).

The programme is scheduled to start 12 November. Sessions will run Monday to Friday from 3.00pm to 9.00pm at the Formentera Day Centre. Once training is complete, at least 60% of students demonstrating capability will be recruited for one of the centres operated by the Consell de Formentera. Registration ends 9 November.

More information and to sign up, click here.

5 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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At WTM, Formentera promises visitors unique experience and underscores commitment to sustainability

foto 2021 wtm AThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report that the island will be promoted at London's World Travel Market between 1 and 3 November. Formentera will have a stand, shared with the rest of the islands, where visitors will be able to learn about the island's tourism offerings, with special emphasis on off-season proposals and its sustainable side.
On the second day of the fair, Tuesday 2 November, at 1 p.m. there will be a presentation of the Balearic Islands and a round table discussion with the participation of all the islands. The vice-president and councillor of tourism, Alejandra Ferrer, will highlight in this colloquium "projects such as Formentera.eco for a more sustainable mobility or the 'Save Posidonia Project' for the protection of posidonia and our coastline, in addition to the other actions we are doing on our island to ensure that the traveller's experience is unique. Also after the covid-19 affectation on a global scale, we will continue to highlight that Formentera has a large number of open spaces with little influx of people that mean a competitive advantage as it allows you to enjoy the island in a safer way".

During the fair, contacts will be maintained with tour operators and travel agents who already have the calendar for next season set. Formentera will showcase the opportunities it offers to practice sports or enjoy its cultural offerings, explore nature or take ornithological routes, while learning about its past and the island's most deeply-rooted traditions. The last edition of the WTM was virtual, due to the health crisis, this year the two forms are combined, on 8 and 9 November there will be online meetings in which Formentera will also participate.

Global European Market

On the other hand, it should be noted that today Formentera participates in a promotional action, the Global European Market organized by the European Tourism Association. It is an activity of 15-minute appointments in which the attractions of the island are highlighted. Throughout the day more than 25 appointments are arranged with travel agencies specializing in customers with high purchasing power.

28 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

8 islanders submit to exam for artisan accreditation

foto 2021 mestres artesans CThe Formentera Office of Commerce is pleased to report that exams will take place this week for aspirants to the island's accreditation for artisans and craft tradespeople. Seven candidates exercise trades in jewellery, costume jewellery, passementerie, carpentry and object decoration, and the eighth will vie for the title of Master Artisan in jewellery. The previous round of exams occurred in 2017.

President and Commerce Councillor Ana Juan wished examinees good luck and insisted, "The fact that eight artisans are undergoing examination is testament to their interest in professional training and growth, not to mention to the good health of our artisanry on the island". Juan pointed out that "craft markets are part of our identity, an asset to tourism and a modest local industry that we must look after".

Examination and competences

A technical committee made up of master craftspeople and municipal staff specialists visits applicants' workshops, where examinees are asked to make the items for which they seek accreditation, while members of the examining board observe examinees' working methods and ask practical questions regarding technique and production process.

Visits last approximately 20-25 minutes and, depending on the nature of the request, whether for the title of artisan or master artisan, candidates must display basic notions of the trade and trade-specific tools, equipment and machinery, as well as of the origin of materials used, processes of preparation, handling, production and finishing, safety and hygiene requirements of the trade and more.

A minimum one-year work experience in the field is required to take the artisan accreditation exam, and ten years' experience is required to obtain master-level credentials. An examinee's trade must be included in the Consell's Craft Trade Repertory. Today on Formentera there are about sixty accredited artisans, ten master artisans and four honorary master artisans.

27 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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