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Spain: Training and development

Original author: Jones Day

Updating author: Pablo Santos Fita, Andersen Tax & Legal

Consultant editor: Jesús Gimeno, Simmons & Simmons

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  • Employees have a general right to development and vocational training at work, and to participate in training programmes and activities aimed at improving their employability. (See General)
  • Legislation provides for a specific training contract, whereby the employee both performs paid work for the employer and receives recognised vocational training within the training or education system. (See Training contracts)
  • Specific work placement contracts allow people with a specified qualification to obtain work experience appropriate to their educational level. (See Work placement contracts)
  • Where an employer provides an employee with specialised vocational training and pays for this training, the parties can sign a "retention agreement". (See Retention agreements)