During the mayor’s visit to the Fundación Laboral de la Construcción, the possibility of adapting the buildings was opened
The possibility of installing photovoltaic panels in the buildings in the center of the city of Cáceres has been one of the issues raised this morning during the visit of Luis Salaya, Mayor of Cáceres, and María José Pulido, First Deputy Mayor and Councilor of Employment and spokesperson, to the Construction Labor Foundation. They have toured the different work facilities, both the interior space of the building and the exterior area where the students of the courses are trained.
Salaya and Pulido have known the facilities. The councilor has alluded to the need to improve the infrastructure of the buildings in the center of the capital. Salaya proposes to make improvements with respect to the insulators and add, in turn, photovoltaic panels. “Putting solar panels on a building that is not properly insulated is a mistake,” he suggested. The mayor maintains that “dignity must be given to many buildings. We have to isolate them first so we can make them accessible.”
Mention has been made of the buildings around the square. “The area in which the installation of the panels is studied is a key place to look for energy savings,” he says.
From the City Council they speak of the “need” for collaboration between institutions and entities, such as the foundation, to facilitate access to employees in the construction sector. This comes from the lack of skilled labor or with a minimum of training. “There is more demand from companies than people with the capacity to join,” Salaya highlighted.
When it comes to educating future workers, the foundation has different tools such as simulators, specialized monitors, confined spaces… Among the practical activities taught is also the assembly of scaffolding, as well as securing nets and anchors or rescue simulations in situations gas leaks among others. When evaluating students, the amount of materials used is taken into account.
The foundation is the second entity by number of students in Extremadura, only behind the UNED (National University of Distance Education). The programs that are taught are financed, for the most part, by part of the Social Security quota of the Junta de Extremadura. And at least 20 percent is financed by the students themselves, either from the interested company or the worker.
The facilities offer basic construction courses, level one masonry, energy and water, level two photovoltaic or solar thermal, among others.
Another issue of interest that is being worked on is to develop practical training courses aimed at avoiding workplace accidents. “Accidents come from overconfidence,” highlighted one of the companions to the visit. He was referring to those employees who have worked “all their lives” in construction.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.