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Innovative training to address future employment trends at airports

How can airport jobs become more attractive to people who live around the airport? How can people get appropriate training that allows them to work on the airport platform? The partners of the EU-funded DREAAM project look at innovative and tailored training solutions that could potentially address the industry needs and the attractivity of airport jobs.

Employment challenges in El Prat de Llobregat and overall in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

The city of El Prat de Llobregat is one of the municipalities of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) and is home to over 64,000 inhabitants. Out of the Catalan cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants, El Prat de Llobregat has the highest GDP/capita, with 40,5% of the total GDP related to transport, information and communication. On the territory of El Prat sits one of the busiest Spanish airports - Josep Tarradelles Barcelona-El Prat Airport, as well as a part of the POrt of Barcelona.

The city represents the most critical logistics centre of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, as 50% of El Prat’s area is occupied by strategic mobility infrastructure systems. Almost 2000 companies in 16 different economic activities operate in the municipality of El Prat. The transport and the logistics sectors play a vital role in the economy of the city, generating a significant increase in the number of jobs over the last three years. This increase is reflected in the unemployment rate of the municipality at around 10.6% - a lower unemployment rate than Spain's average of 14%. Despite the promising unemployment rate, the labour market in the El Prat region continues to suffer from a large proportion of low-skilled jobs, involuntary part-time work and low wages.

Currently, the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona strives to promote stable and quality work that matches the criteria of digitalised, green and social economies. The reindustrialisation of the metropolitan area is also pivotal in generating new employment opportunities. To address these employment challenges, vocational training is a strategic approach for the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, as they hope to attract more young professionals.

Barcelona-El Prat Airport: employment structure on the airport platform

Josep Tarradelles Barcelona-El Prat Airport is located on the territory of the municipality of El Prat de Llobregat. It is the national airport with the most European connections. As intercontinental routes are gradually being added, the airport is in continuous growth.