The Government publicises the Industrial Doctorates Plan at JOBarcelona 2015


This morning, the Secretary General of the Inter-university Council of Catalonia (CIC), Claudi Alsina, visited CIC’s stand at the second international work and career guidance congress, JOBarcelona, being held at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya. The stand informs visitors about the Industrial Doctorates Plan and the Xarxa Universitària per a l’Ocupació (University Employment Network) as well as university master’s degrees. Alsina stressed that the presence of JOBarcelona was proof that ‘the direction, internships and labour market integration of university students are today a key part of the agenda of the Catalan Government and the higher education institutions’.

The CIC stand provides information on the Industrial Doctorates Plan, the goals of which are to contribute to the competitiveness and industrialisation of Catalan industry, recruit talent and train doctoral students for companies within R&D&I projects. In its two editions, the Plan has already developed 150 projects with the support of 120 Catalan companies and universities.

In the evening, a talk was given: Industrial Doctorates Plan for companies: accessing innovative talent in conjunction with universities’. In the opinion of Plan director, Antonio Huerta, ‘participating in an event like JOBarcelona permits both us and companies who invest in innovation and competitiveness to contact the country’s best talent’. Attending the talk was Esteve Clos, Director of Development and Programmes at the Aqualogy Knowledge Water School (Agbar Group). Clos explained how they invest in ‘in talent and knowledge as a strategy for business sustainability’ and went on to stress that ‘the industrial doctorates are one of the ways we have of detecting and recruiting them’. 

The JOBarcelona congress promotes youth employment and is aimed at university students in their third year and beyond and junior graduates. Participating university students can have direct interviews with human resources managers at 100 companies and access their intern and job offers.

Some 14,000 participants and 85 companies attended the first JOBarcelona. This year, 100 companies, 450 human resources experts and 20,000 students are expected to attend, and it is calculated that around 2,000 professional opportunities will be offered to young students. In addition, some 90 talks and 100 training and career guidance workshops have been organised.

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