Two days of interviews and about one hundred job offers on the table. These are the credentials of WORKinn, the industrial employment fair that has just reached its fourth year, leaving a good impression among those attending. Companies, state-owned and Basque agencies, as well as various consulting firms will occupy the halls of Bilbao Exhibition Centre in order to attend to the needs of hundreds of working professionals and those currently unemployed or seeking their first foray into the labour market.
The representatives of the exhibiting firms meet every candidate who visits their stands. Some look for specific profiles for immediate hiring; others, however, also intend to increase their job pools for future projects.
“We do not have a definite number of offers. It is true that we are looking for five pre-defined profiles. But we are new here. We have been in Zamudio for a year and-a-half and we need to take on professionals in mechanical and electrical automation and control engineering.. So we are gathering a lot of CVs; if not for right now, then for our databases”, remarks Aitziber Trujillo, of Ferchau. Indeed, last year this company took on a young person they met at WORKinn and he is still part of the staff today.
At the stand of LKS Selección, Goreti Bengoetxea and Hegoi Monje were interviewing candidates non-stop. “We are happy because it is going very well. We have already selected some CVs that seemed to be of interest to us”, they explained. LKS is attending WORKinn with 21 job offers covering the three territories of the Basque Country. “Nowadays, companies are looking for electronic engineers and a few have come forward, so we now have them located”.
CVs are easily circulated around the WORKinn stands, where candidates patiently queue up to take their turn. As is the case with Lorena Castaño, recently arrived from Venezuela. “Life’s circumstances have brought me here to San Sebastian, because in my country private enterprise is at a standstill. Among other things, over there we have a metalworking and boiler-making industry, as well as automated mixing.” Lorena is an electronics engineer in Automation and Control with 28 years of experience. “I have come here to look for new horizons”.
“It’s best to come in person so they can see faces and our willingness to work, rather than just sending our CVs over the Internet, which is a bit cold and impersonal”, acknowledge Adrián Cenizo, Eder Fernández and Ismail Iguarán, three young people of about 25 attempting to kick-start their professional careers.
Clutching ten CVs in his hand is Said El Morabiti, a young person from Maghreb. He has been unemployed for a year now but has come to WORKinn with the ambition of returning to the labour market. “I am looking for a job opportunity in the machine-tool sector, which is my trade. I hold a Diploma of Automated Systems Maintenance. I have had a few interviews, which gives me hope that there may be something”.
WORKinn has been attended by 24 exhibiting companies of note, including AFM Cluster- Advanced Manufacturing Technologies; AIMHE, the Machine Tool Importers Association of Spain; DEMA, the regional employment and entrepreneurship agency; the Bizkaia Provincial Council; Fagor Arrasate; Ferchau Engineering Spain S. L.; the Basque Government, through Lanbide; Grupo Lontana; Grupo Sarralle, the Machine-Tool Institute (IMH), LKS Selección and Sna Europe Industries Iberia S. A. The majority of them have already reserved their space for the 2020, which confirms the confidence and commitment of this kind of show.