According to data offered by the Center for Professional Studies (CCC) and the State Foundation for Employment Training (FUNDAE), the size of companies directly influences the use of subsidized training.

The advantages of this bonus are obvious: achieving the objectives of adaptation to new work models and tools, acquiring an official qualification, and the possibility of adapting to workers' schedules, among others.

Of the more than 800 million credits that Spain had for subsidized training, last year only 64.8% was used. This is stated by CCC, a professional studies center. Specifically, in 2018, Spanish companies spent 536.6 million euros on training.

The size of the companies directly influences the use of subsidized training. The data offered by CCC and the State Foundation for Employment Training (FUNDAE) demonstrate this. Of the 360,052 companies that benefited from this training, 247,960 are microenterprises. These, in addition, are also the ones that used the most available credit, with 75.1% of the total. For their part, 86,659 small businesses were formed through this aid last year. They spent 57.1% of the total available credit. Medium-sized companies spent 60.4% of the 113.38 million they had available for subsidized training and there were 21,117 companies of these characteristics that trained their employees in 2018. Only 4,191 large companies used the subsidized training credits.

Although not all available credit is used, 2,800,103 workers were trained through subsidized credit last year. Furthermore, this figure is 6.5% higher than the data obtained in 2017. This means that 173,153 more employees were trained in 2018.

SMEs are unaware of the right to subsidized training

Ignorance of this type of training is the main reason that CCC accuses of SMEs not benefiting from this type of training. Subsidized training is a type of credit that is granted to companies in order for them to invest in training for their employees. In this way, their performance is improved and they are more competitive. This is a benefit that is available to any company, regardless of its sector or size. However, these credits are not widely used, since many companies are not aware that they can qualify for them.

The companies themselves also consider that the lack of use is due to ignorance of the existence of this training, despite the fact that it is a simple process and it is the training entity itself that manages all the documentation with FUNDAE.

Therefore, the self-employed person or entrepreneur only has to receive a Social Security bonus once the employee has completed the corresponding training. To do this, companies must justify to the administration all the actions they carry out, informing the Legal Representation of Workers through a document. It must indicate the courses to be taken, the dates, as well as the evaluation of the acquired skills.

The credit available to each company depends on the percentage of income that the company allocates to vocational training. Depending on the size, the General State Budgets will determine it each year.

Advantages of subsidized training

Having trained employees is a great competitive advantage. But if it is also bonus training, it is even more interesting. We live in a world of constant change, and we are going through a crucial moment, where workers must adapt to new work models and tools. That is why training “is the only possible way to compete in a national and international market that demands higher levels of competitiveness and that prepares workers and their companies for the great paradigm that we all face, which is digital transformation and, in "generally, for the constant change that occurs in the markets," according to Igor Olaetxea, commercial director and head of training for companies at CCC. It is a “very valuable tool when it comes to training and updating knowledge to better perform their functions,” as Pedro Gómez values this training for employees.

Subsidized training also allows workers to acquire an official qualification. These are the cases of Individual Training Permits (PIF), which facilitate access to this type of accreditation.

On the other hand, there are different training modalities to make it easy for employees. For this reason there is face-to-face training, teletraining and mixed training, so that they adapt to each situation. Half of microenterprises (52.8%) opted for e-learning last year, while 80.1% of small companies preferred face-to-face training. Depending on the type of work and training, the employee will be able to choose the one that best suits their circumstance. The great diversity of courses that exist is also a point to highlight.

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