Strengthening employment services for young people


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), Spain

    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

Achievement At Glance

The engagement of new counsellors in the Spanish Public Employment Services has unleashed the youth’s human capital. This allows to better support to unemployed young people, offering them more tailored career information and orientation. This personalised support helps young people transit to their formation and professional path.

Key Highlight On Guiding Principle

  1. Promotion of gender equality
  2. Recognition of the heterogeneity of youth and the need to promote targeted approaches
  3. Combining immediate action with long-term policy interventions

These actions are part of the Spanish Action Plan for Youth Employment. Gender equality is one of its main transversal strategic goals. Therefore, gender equality was taken into account during the selection process of the professionals and in the design of a working methodology for making access to decent jobs easier for girls.

This commitment aims to provide personalized counselling for young people transitioning from school to work and in their job search. This tailored approach allows targeted solutions for the heterogeneity of youth.

This commitment combines the immediate action of the current counselling with the longer-term goal of creating a network of professionals, including counsellors and researchers that leads to a more holistic approach to youth employment.


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

  • Progress: 1,436 out of 3000 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

Challenges faced in implementation

The main challenge for the implementation of this deliverable was the COVID19 pandemic. Due to restrictions and difficulties caused by the pandemic, it has been harder to identify, hire and integrate new professionals. It was addressed by fostering the use of digital tools throughout the selection, training and onboarding process.  


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