- Fifty pupils today start the free training courses for people wanting to work on dismantling the thermal power plants or tasks in the ecological transition process (renewable energy plant assembly, operation and maintenance).
This morning the second of the courses began aimed at opening up new employment opportunities in the region in the dismantling of thermal power plants or in tasks related to the ecological transition process (renewable energy plant assembly, operation and maintenance). Endesa, the Santa Bárbara Foundation (Castilla y León Regional Government) and the City of Energy Foundation (CIUDEN) (Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge) promote this training as part of the agreement signed by the three entities last March.
The 50 students were admitted to the 200-hour course after a selection process, and those who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certification that accredits their training. They will also have better job prospects to join the projects dismantling the Compostilla II plant or on the renewable energy facilities that Endesa is promoting in the province.
In order to meet the needs of the courses and, in turn, comply with the regulations regarding the prevention of the spread of Covid-19, spaces have been put aside for the training activity in the CIUDEN facilities in Compostilla I, Ponferrada.
These training courses are part of the Futur-e plan presented by Endesa to alleviate the effects of the closure of the thermal power station and which includes, among other actions, the development of renewable megawatts (MW) in the area, with an estimated investment of hundreds of millions of euros and the organisation of a call for tenders to search for future projects at the company's facilities in Compostilla.
The initiative arises out of Endesa's commitment to mitigate the consequences of the energy transition that Europe is carrying out, with the aim of achieving the decarbonisation of the economy by incorporating criteria related to social, economic and environmental sustainability. It is about creating value that is shared with all local agents, both as an example of a circular economy and to bring about a fair transition to new business models.
Upcoming calls for training activities
Endesa, the Santa Bárbara Foundation and CIUDEN are offering a total of 360 places on a free training course that aims to extend the training of those who wish to apply, among others, for jobs generated from the cessation of activity at the Compostilla plant II and processes related to renewable energies and potential sectors in the Bierzo region.
The course is open to residents of the province, although applicants who can prove that they have been officially resident in Cubillos del Sil, Ponferrada or Cabañas Raras for at least one year have priority access. Preference will also be given to former employees, the thermal power plant’s contractors and to women. This training will continue to take place throughout 2020 and 2021.
There are three different courses: Occupational risk prevention for jobs in dismantling thermal power plants (200 hours), wind farm operation and maintenance (150 hours) and technical training in potential sectors (100 hours). The latter will be linked to the result of the call for projects for the site (Futur-e) that Endesa launched at the end of last year and to the training needs detected by CIUDEN, Santa Barbara Foundation and Endesa. There will be between 30 and 50 places on each course and transportation will be provided from Cubillos del Sil, Ponferrada and Cabañas Raras.
The third call for the courses will come between November, December and January of next year, with enrolment in October and the first half of November 2020, and the fourth call will start in February 2021, with enrolment in December 2020 and January of 2021.
Applications may be made on-line, via the internet pages of the entities signing the agreement; they may also be submitted at the town councils of Cubillos del Sil, Ponferrada and Cabañas Raras, or by post to the Santa Bárbara Foundation (Calle Aguilonjos s/n, 24310, La Ribera de Folgoso). Calls for applications for the wind farm operation and maintenance and technical training courses in potential sectors will be announced in due course.