Priority for workers affected by ERTE measures when it comes to accessing training.

On the 27th of November, 2020, the Official State Gazette (BOE) published the Ministry of Labour and Social Economy Order TES/1109/2020 pursuant to which when it comes to accessing training, priority is given to workers who have been affected by Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) measures, both in the case that it is due to Force Majeure or if it is because of Economic, Technical, Organisational or Production Factors (ETOP). The main developments related to these came into force on the 28th of November, 2020 and they are as follows:

  • Make the participation limits in the training programmes for workers more flexible regardless of the type of programme and sector that they are associated with.
  • Adapt the training activities in relation to:
    • The range of courses offered by the Public Authorities for employed workers and unemployed individuals without both cases being counted as being unemployed or employed individuals for the purposes of the participation limits.
    • Training scheduled by the companies for their staff.

The approval of this new Order is in line with the terms specified in the third additional provision of the Royal Decree-Law 30/2020 dated the 29th of September, which approved the extension of the ERTE until the 31st of January, 2021, pursuant to which it established that workers who are affected by the suspension of employment or reduction in working hours measures as a result of an ERTE, are considered to be a group that must be given priority when it comes to gaining access to training programmes organised by the vocational training system to find employment in the job market.

So the aforesaid Order aims at supporting this group of workers who have been affected by the suspension of employment and/or reduction in the working hours measures due to being employed by companies that are covered by an ERTE and it is very important that training programmes are organised for them in order to try and improve their future job situation.

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