Ihobe has received the 2012 Novia Salcedo Award for its work for the professional integration of young people
The Novia Salcedo Foundation has rewarded the Basque public agency Ihobe, which depends on the Department for the Environment, Land Planning, Agriculture and Fisheries of the Basque Government, for its work towards the professional integration of young people, during a ceremony held last 29th of May at the Arriaga Theatre in Bilbao and chaired by the Prince of Asturias.
The award was collected by the General Director of Ihobe, Fernando Barrenechea, who explained that "a country where young people can find no space on the workforce is a country with no future". In this sense, he recalled the public agency's ongoing initiatives aimed at the training and professional integration of young people. The Ecodesign Classrooms, the Ihobe Grants and the Future Professional Priorities, Gazte Ekoliderrak, or the Green Employment lines; all under the framework of the Basque Employment Strategy.
This series of initiatives has been honoured by the Novia Salcedo Foundation with this year's awards. A total of 31 proposals were presented to the foundation's awards - four in the People section; twelve in Companies section, and fifteen in Other Entities section. Ihobe has been honoured as the best public agency. The winners of the remaining categories were: Miguel de la Quadra Salcedo (Ad Honorem Award), Rosalía Mera (People), Everis (Large Company), Init (Small Company) and Young Foundation (Organisations/NGOs).
Novia Salcedo Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation with a vocation for sustainability; its purpose is to help young people in the process of professional and social integration.