- 250 youths have completed the 2016-2017 edition of the Grupo Vips employability program for people in vulnerable situations.
- More than half of last year’s graduates got their first job at one of the Group’s establishments.
- Since the “Road to Employment” program began in 2014, Grupo Vips has offered work experience to over 1,100 young people, and more than 1,000 have joined the company.
Grupo Vips, one of the lead players in Spain’s restoration industry, has recently celebrated the graduation of its students from the 2016-2017 edition of the “Road to Employment” program, which aims to boost employability among people in vulnerable situations.
The event was held at Fundación Botín in the presence of the Managing Director of Grupo Vips, Enrique Francia, and the Head of Talent Management and CSR, María Calvo. During the ceremony, almost 100 students were acknowledged for their hard work after several months learning all about responsibility, teamwork and decision making from the company’s professionals. These young people came from organizations such as the La Rueca Association, Fundación ACOBE, Fundación ADRA, Fundación Altius Francisco de Vitoria, the Spanish Red Cross, CEAR, Fundación Exit, Pinardi and Fundación Tomillo, which Grupo Vips has been collaborating with over the various stages of the program.
“Road to Employment” is a comprehensive employability program for young people organized by Grupo Vips. It comprises several stages with the aim of guiding students throughout their journey into the working world, including skills training and hands-on experience in a real work environment.
Over 250 students from year 2016-2017 graduated yesterday. As they arrived, the graduates wrote messages for all to see showing the challenges they hoped to overcome over the years ahead.
A plan in constant motion
The “Road to Employment” program is one of the most significant commitments undertaken by Grupo Vips. Many of the company’s professionals play their part in the initiative to encourage the professional integration of vulnerable groups. Thanks to this program, which is designed to enhance the skills of young people, Grupo Vips has guided 1,100 students since 2014 towards employability, and has added 1,000 people at risk to its workforce.
In 2016, a total of 447 young people took part in the company’s pre-work training initiatives, and 393 people in vulnerable situations were hired.
About Grupo Vips
Grupo Vips is one of the leading multi-brand and multi-format groups in the food service and retail sector in Spain. It includes restaurants, cafés and shops. The company manages a total of six well-known chains it either owns or operates under franchising agreements: Vips (cafeteria - restaurant and shop), Vips Smart, Ginos, Fridays and Starbucks Coffee in Spain, Portugal and Andorra with wagamama just joining them. Moreover, the group has a premium sandwich, salad and take-away product factory, BSF. The company manages a total of 370 locations serving more than 120,000 customers a day. It runs a pioneer and restaurant sector-leading loyalty program, Club VIPS, with more than 1,000,000 members throughout Spain. The app, which is unique in the market and was launched at the end of April 2015, has already been downloaded more than 700,000 times. Grupo Vips is a private equity company which was founded in 1969. 70% of Grupo Vips shares are held by majority shareholders and founders, led by the Arango family, and 30% are held by the ProA Capital fund. Grupo Vips employs more than 9,200 people and ended fiscal year 2016 with 396.2 million euros in turnover.
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