Orientajoven, strengthening employment services for young people in Spain through an extended pool of 3,000 expert counsellors

The Orientajoven programme aims at facilitating 3,000 employment counsellors for the transition of Spanish young people into decent jobs. It is part of the youth active labour market policy launched by the government in December 2018 and known as “Plan De Choque Por El Empleo Jóven”.

The employment counsellors receive training on career guidance, activation measures, gender equality, and strategies to assist vulnerable young people.

The Public Employment Services of Spain, known as SEPE, administer the programme and recruits counsellors. The design and implementation of Orientajoven are reviewed by the Employment and Labour Coordination Meeting.


Spain, Ministry of Labour, Migration and Social Security Government or intergovernmental entity

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Policy, advocacy and convening power; Financial and/or in-kind contribution


  • National Service for Employment (SEPE)

    Government or intergovernmental entity

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Financial and/or in-kind contribution

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 1.a Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions
  • 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • 5.5 Ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training


Orientajoven aims at increasing the ratio between employment counsellors and unemployed or disadvantaged youth seeking assistance from the Public Employment Services (SEPE).

To reach a pool of 3,000 employment counsellors, the Orientajoven programme – led by the SEPE – relies on the following activities :

  • Establishing and implementing administrative contracting procedures in every Autonomous Community (*);
  • Selecting qualified counsellors;
  • Training the counsellors on career guidance, activation measures for young people, gender equality, and strategies to assist at risk youth; and
  • Issuing contracts for the new counsellors with a minimum duration of 18 months.

The SEPE is responsible for Orientajoven’s financial and procurement management while ensuring each Autonomous Community develops its own contracting procedures and implements the programme activities. To ensure the expected results, the SEPE provides its expertise on active labour market measures, career guidance and job placement strategies.

The commitment’s timeline is 7 December 2018 to 31 December 2021.

(*) The 17 Autonomous Communities of Spain are: Andalucía, Aragón, Cantabria, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Comunidad de Madrid, Extremadura, Galicia, Islas Baleares, Islas Canarias, La Rioja, Navarra, País Vasco, Principado de Asturias, Región de Murcia and the two autonomous cities (Ceuta y Melilla).



Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 3,000 young people benefitted from employment services, including job search assistance, job fairs and career counselling

    8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    Recruit and train new employment counsellors to work in the Public Employment Services of the Autonomous Communities, focusing on serving young people.

    The first deliverable is hiring 3,000 counsellors’ to be allocated to SEPE (3 counsellors), all the seventeen PES of the autonomous communities, and two of the autonomous communities.

    BY: Dec 2021





USD 145,163,700

Estimated total value of the commitment

Target: Only young people 15-19, 20-24, 25-29

  • Young people in urban areas
  • Young people in rural areas
  • Young women
  • Young men
  • Youth with disabilities
  • Low-income individuals

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