The meeting between representatives of the Ministries of Industry, Labor and Defense, SEPI, CC.OO., UGT and the Spanish Association for Defense, Security, Aerospace Technology (TEDAE) gave the go-ahead for a shock plan for the national aviation sector to to maintain the production capacity and employment in this strategic sector for the Spanish industrial structure.
According to the La Moncloa website, the plan is the result of intense collaboration between the government, employers and unions to protect a strategic sector affected by the crisis caused by the pandemic. The capacity of the Spanish industry to develop, manufacture and certify complete aircraft, and skilled employment, are two assets that very few countries have and that must be preserved.
The plan defines six lines of action:
Implementation of a modernization plan for the production facilities through tractor projects, the support program for productive industrial investments, equity loans and financial support mechanisms from ENISA (National Innovation Company) as well as new support lines for SMEs. Creation of a Supply Chain Support Fund for the development and consolidation of Tier 2 into smaller businesses. A stable budget framework for the aviation sector. Tractor projects can have a multi-year budget, and the Ministry of Industry funding commitment will also be multi-year. Investment in R + D + i, in which both the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Science and Innovation will intervene through the CDTI (Center for Technological and Industrial Development), which is already working on a new aeronautical technology plan. The Ministry of Industry has various R&D programs related to innovation and digitization of companies, e.g. B. Guidelines for R&D projects in the area of networked Industry 4.0 (ACTIVA financing) and innovation and sustainability plans in this area of the manufacturing industry. Education and qualifications. A large part of the workforce in the aerospace sector has been affected by temporary measures and restructuring of employment. Therefore, it is important to improve training in the skills and knowledge required by the sector in order to improve the employability of workers and have a workforce prepared for future challenges in the industry. In collaboration with TEDAE, the trade unions and the Ministries of Labor and Social Economy, and Education and Training, it is therefore proposed to update the curricula in their various modalities to adapt them to the needs of the sector as soon as these are identified. Commitment to employment. The authorities responsible for implementing this plan will, in particular, take into account the responsibility for the employment of the beneficiary companies and their obligation to increase the capacity of the aviation industry, the quality of employment and standardized industrial relations.
Photo: Horizontal stabilizer A350 XWB at Airbus Getafe (Airbus)
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