The president of Bankia, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, considered today “priority” to define and agree on a national education plan that allows workers to face the new challenges posed by the labor market.
In an article published on the entity’s blog, Goirigolzarri explains that reinforcing education is the biggest challenge facing Spanish society, which has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the EU and where almost two out of three unemployed people have “a clear training deficit” regarding what the company demands.
“If we do nothing to remedy it, it will be an increasingly serious problem because the labor market is constantly evolving due to the growing digitalization of society” and because, today, “one third of people with employment are occupied in professions that are most vulnerable to technological changes. ”
In fact, the president of Bankia continues, if you follow what some studies say, “in the next 20 years more than 700 professions will be extinguished, while many others will be created that we still do not know and many others will be remodeled in a way that we can’t imagine. “
The market will require keeping competencies updated to respond to new challenges and the need for training will therefore continue throughout the working life, while there are new skills, as necessary as techniques, to improve the way in which we We relate or the ability to lead teams, the article adds.
For all these reasons and because “the future as a society” is at stake, an education plan is necessary, which should be led by “public institutions, supported by other social institutions such as schools, business or unions.”
The entity itself is aware of that reality and seven years ago decided to allocate a large part of the budget dedicated to social responsibility to boost education, both in independent and own projects.