The Adeje council, as part of a 2017 social project, has contracted 57 persons who have been unemployed and considered at risk of social exclusion. The initiative is a cross-departmental effort from the departments of local economic development, social welfare and the presidency (under councillors Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, Isabel Fernández González and Carmen Rosa González Cabrera respectively).
Those contracted will be working on a series of actions in upgrading and maintaining zones in the borough, including minor street works, upgrades in schools and along the coastal zones. Of the 57 people who will be working, 43 are labourers, 11 have primary skills, 1 is a works manager and 2 will work in administration.
According to Manuel Luis Méndez Martín the project is made possible by the council’s participation in the 2016-2018 biannual social employment programme with co-financing from the regional employment service. Isabel Fernández González emphasised the importance of recognising those who were unemployed and at risk of exclusion, “in a precarious situation economically” and the importance of the work of her team in identifying those to be contracted.
Carmen Rosa González Cabrera added that the project also meant the improvement of different zones of the borough as well as having a positive environmental impact on the zone and local population.
The individuals who have been awarded these contracts will work for a six-month period and were selected through the open employment channels run by the council for those registered as unemployed, so as to ensure that all those Adeje residents registered as looking for work have the chance to find employment. A variety of factors, such as family size and income, were taking into account.
The project will cost just under €500,000 with the costs met by the Adeje council and the regional employment service.