Employability, another challenge for Tolimenses and workers in the region

Employability, another challenge for Tolimenses and workers in the region
Employability, another challenge for Tolimenses and workers in the region

As of December 31 of last year, the Ibagué Chamber of Commerce revealed statistics that allow establishing some approximations regarding the generation of employment in Ibagué and Tolima, according to the economic subsectors.

Thus, the figures indicate that wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles is the activity with the largest number of companies in the department (23,748), with some 70,657 jobs, and that the same happens in the capital of Tolima, where there are about 12,341 companies, which employ around 43,434 people.

Far from these first indicators, but with an important impact on employment, is the accommodation and food services subsector, which for Tolima represents 18,598 jobs in 8,323 companies, while for Ibagué they mean 10,190 jobs in 3,715 companies. .

In this report from the Chamber of Commerce, which registers a total of 50,425 companies in the department and approximately 202,023 jobs – and for Ibagué 28,486 companies and 138,785 jobs – other subsectors such as manufacturing industries, other service activities are also highlighted. , administrative and support services activities, construction, professional, scientific and technical activities, and transportation and storage.

In this regard, the mayor of Ibagué, Johana Ximena Aranda Rivera, states that education is the engine of progress and equal opportunities, promoting education oriented towards competitiveness.

For her, Ibagué should be a city that encourages entrepreneurship and strengthens the business fabric to generate employment, providing bilingual education that prepares future generations to integrate into the globalized economy.

Through innovative job training, it says that they will articulate and provide training opportunities in labor skills and ICT with the academy, compensation funds, and the productive sector to qualify labor in arts and crafts that correctly address the trends in labor supply to the population. differential, such as caring mothers and young people as an option for immersion in productive economic activity.

“Employability days will also be held where the Mayor’s Office is the bridge between employment service operators, companies and citizens who are looking for employment. In addition, productive projects aimed at peasant entrepreneurship, rural women and rural youth will be implemented; and the technical assistance service for entrepreneurship within the route that connects with the different strategic allies to strengthen entrepreneurs,” highlighted the president.

Likewise, towards formalization, they affirm that they will design a formalization plan for informal workers in public spaces (service providers, sellers, artists) with the purpose of formalizing them as independent workers, through training processes in customer service, organization, innovation. in information and communications technologies (ICT) and support in the labor formalization process.

From the private company

According to Celsia, this company has promoted different strategies aimed at generating employment in Tolima, one of them through the strengthening and development of technical skills in the energy sector in people in the region.

Along these lines, they note that since 2020, alliances have been established with the Sena, the Mayor’s Office of Ibagué and contracting companies in the region for the training of students in areas of knowledge such as the maintenance and assembly of medium and low voltage networks, forestry. , safe work at heights, electrical risk and first aid, allowing not only a greater availability of qualified labor in these areas and the closing of knowledge gaps in these topics, but also an increase in employment opportunities with contracting firms in Tolima.

“Through these training programs, more than 500 students have been trained in the different topics mentioned and the creation of employment opportunities for 53 students in the different Celsia contracting companies in Tolima. In addition, there we have direct and indirect contracting through contracting companies. In these 5 years we have increased direct hiring by 47 percent. When we arrived in Tolima there were 259, today we have 382,” say the spokespersons.

While, indirectly, they have had an increase of 1,139 new jobs, since in 2019 they had 1,542 workers in contracting companies and now that figure reaches 2,681 workers in contractors. In total, there are 3,063 direct and indirect jobs generated in Tolima.

Sectors that drive employment

According to the Government, the department of Tolima moves in two important areas. On the one hand, there is agriculture, livestock, hunting, forestry and fishing, which generates 28 percent employability, being the first to promote employment, while sectors such as the exploitation of mines and quarries emerge from it. , the manufacturing industry, the supply of water, gas and waste management, and construction, segments that contribute about 15 percent of employment.

Then, vehicle trade and repair stands out, another relevant sector that contributes 17 percent of employability, while accommodation and food service, transportation and storage, information and communications, financial and insurance activities, real estate activities, professional activities , scientific, technical and administrative services, public administration and defense, education and human health care, artistic activities, entertainment, recreation and other service activities reach a contribution of 26 percent.

Thus, 45 percent of the jobs that are generated today in Tolima are thanks to agriculture and commerce. The figures, in turn, indicate that in Tolima there are 534,000 employed people and in Ibagué, 198,000.

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