Tripartite Foundation

8th September 2015

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Location / Country / Region


Time frame 

The programmes of the Tripartite Foundation  are permanently opened.

Short description

Professional competence is the main resource of an employee. The Tripartite Foundation gives you the opportunity to update and adapt to a changing and competitive environment.

The Tripartite Foundation promotes trainings for employers and workers in order to meet the needs of the labour market and to contribute to the development of a knowledge-based economy.

It is a nonprofit organization belonging to the State public Sector.

Actors Involved

Actors involved include workers, companies and organizations

Target audiences

Employers and employees


Relevant links, websites, etc.


Links with the European Framework

The Tripartite Foundation is linked with the following programmes:

Links with national / regional priorities

 The project is linked with the RIS3, a Strategy of regional smart specialization in Extremadura designed to enhance the opportunities for business competitiveness in the agrofood, the tourism, the ICT, the green environment and the clean energy sectors.

Political and Economic dimensions

The vocational training system in Spain is composed of two subsystems: regulated or initial training under the Ministry of Education and the autonomous communities, and sub-job training under the Ministry of Employment and Social Security through the Public Service of Employment and the autonomous communities.


The Tripartite Foundation for training and for employment offers trainings to help employers and workers to meet the needs of the labour market and to contribute to the development of a knowledge-based economy. According to the Foundation’s statutes, they are a nonprofit organisation under the protectorate of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security.

Vocational training for employment is an important condition for economic growth and employability. The purpose of the Foundation is to approach the protagonists and beneficiaries of the training and to foster the exchange of information, guidance and knowledge. The first step of the project is to facilitate the interaction of experts and users of the system in order to develop ideas together.

The Tripartite Foundation welcomes the initiatives of the government,  the training institutions, the employers, the trade unions, the workers and all the agents involved in the system of training for employment. The objective is to encourage the process of exchange of knowledge and experiences, and to provide suggestions for the improvement and dissemination of good practices.

The Tripartite Foundation wants to be present in all areas of economic and social life, especially in labour-related activities. The Foundation wishes to seize the opportunity offered by the digital world to promote dialogue between all the entities involved. In short, the Tripartite Foundation seeks to be a reference point for lifelong learning.

The Foundation’s website is a platform that provides its users with a wide range of points of interest, products, news content, digital resources, funding opportunities and with a tool to research training courses.

Those interested in training can also access training statistics in order to better anticipate their needs and to better adapt to a constantly changing economic context.

The Foundation regularly incorporates new content to its website and updates it with new interactive features that provide more training initiatives for employment.



The focus on the needs of the user and the employer makes the Tripartite foundation an innovative project.

Key success factors

The key success factors of the project are the support and the interaction the Platform permits and the deliverables.


The subsystem job training is mainly financed with resources from companies’ and workers’ contributions to the national Social Security fund and with other resources from the European Social Fund.

Contributions to LLL Policy 

The project contributes to the LLL Policy by enabling subsidiary equivalent educational methods and allowing their implementation in the different sectors of the economic sphere.

What could be adapted to other projects?

These programmes could be adapted for other organizations and especially for the public administration.

3. Lessons Learnt

Regarding the possibilities of having practices in LLL which evolve and become more innovative

It would be good to introduce an exchange programme to share and compare experiences. This programme could define the opportunities and the weaknesses of the LLL programmes and of the innovation factors linked to LLL.

Regarding the key actors, their roles and activities in LLL

Actors involved have a key role to conduct an analysis of the training companies’ needs. Since they have access to businesses and also provide training they can be a key player in the development of VET according to the needs of the markets. The training companies could also become an important consultant for the design of educational policies at different levels.

Regarding the appropriateness between local / national and European frameworks and how to act upon them to make them converge

It is important to support the collaboration of the local, regional and national authorities in order to provide sustainability for this type of programmes.

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