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System of professional training for employment

The system of professional training for employment was born in 1992 after signing the National Agreements on Continuing Training.



Continuing training was an ancillary activity mainly carried out by large companies for their workers. The average overall expenditure was 0.2% of the labour cost compared to 1.5% of the countries in our environment. Today, more than 4.5 million participants in our country have trained.

There were two types of these agreements:


In which the most representative business organisations at the state level, CEOE and CEPYME, and the trade unions CCOO, UGT and CIG agreed to create a support scheme for training companies and workers. They defined the training initiatives and created the Foundation for Continuing Training. (FORCEM). This foundation was characterised by its bipartite composition, it was composed only of the organisations that signed the agreement.


Signed by these business and trade union organisations with the government to agree on the financing of the new training system.










(FORCEM) was created in 1993 and the predecessor of FUNDAE.

The National Agreements on Continuing Training were revised in 1996 and 2000. The latter revision entailed a substantial change in the governance of the system as it incorporated it into the Ministry of Labour, represented by SEPE. For this reason, the Tripartite Foundation for Training in Employment was established in 2001 and absorbed FORCEM in 2004.

In 2006, the social partners and the government signed the IV National agreements in which it was agreed to create a training system that would incorporate the two subsystems responsible for training the working population: occupational training for the unemployed, and continuing training for the employed workers. For this reason, in 2007 Royal Decree 395/2007, regulating the Subsystem of Training for Employment was published.

Finally, Law 30/2015, regulating the system of professional training for employment in the field of employment, undertook to reform it and established the conversion of the Tripartite Foundation into the current State Foundation for Employment Training, FUNDAE. As a state foundation, FUNDAE is subject to Law 50/2002 on Foundations, which means that the Spanish government has the majority representation in the Board of Trustees, which is the principal governing body.