UNIVERSA: University graduates at company


CREA - Confederación de Empresarios de Aragón, Zaragoza, SPAIN


Green economy

Contact details of the main implementing body

Name of the organisation, original language

Universa, Servicio de Orientación y Empleo de la Universidad de Zaragoza

Name of the organisation, English translation

Universa, Orientation and job service of the Zaragoza University


Name of the practice, original language

UNIVERSA: Universitarios en la empresa



Description of the practice

UNIVERSA contributes to the inclusion of young students in the workplace and to adapt their qualifications to the needs of companies and institutions. The service also offers courses, which topics are adapted to companies needs, due to the fluent communication between UNIVERSA and the companies.

Policy context

UNIVERSA is the Company Placements Service of the Zaragoza University which, sponsored by Zaragoza University and the Government of Aragon and through the Institute of Employment of Aragon, seeks to bring together educational, institutions and businesses. The principal objective of this service is the management of voluntary training periods in companies and institutions for students who have completed at least the 50% of the credits toward their degree and the placement of the university graduates in the job market. The students get a first work experience to ease their further insertion in the labour market.

Labour market context

Last statistical data about youth (under 25s) unemployment rate in Spain states that around 54% of our young people are not working, whereas the unemployment rate for this range of age in the European Union is 22,2%. Lots of efforts are making to collaborate from different areas to reduce this dramatic data


UNIVERSA promotes the inclusion of young students in the workplace and to adapt their qualifications to the needs of companies and institutions. To do so, it offers orientation service, as well as training courses that are designed according to companies’ needs. This is a way to complete the knowledge acquired by undergraduate students at the university with a training more adapted to the labour market.

Another of its services is the offer of traineeships in companies and institutions, helping students to get their first contact with the labour market.

Management and operation

The practice is managed by Universa staff, located in the two campuses of Zaragoza University, and also in Teruel and Huesca Universities.

Target groups/beneficiaries

Final-year students and graduates of the University of Zaragoza who want to join the professional world, and who want improve their professional situation, including knowledge and develop attitudes and skills, supported by qualified technicians.

Also, companies and institutions that offer traineeships to Universa users and that can get first-hand knowledge of future employees.

Start date

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End date (actual or planned)

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Gender dimension

This practice was not designed to improve gender equality in the labour market. Nevertheless, in the last 10 years the average number of female participants in Universa services had increased, due to the increase of female university students.

Besides, Universa participates in different programmes to ease the female insertion in the labour market. These programmes are promoted by the University, and by the National Women Institute.

Products involved in or resulting from the practice

There are no final products on this practice. Just the service provided. However, all the results are annually reported in Universa website (http://www.unizar.es/universa/)

Outcomes of the practice (planned/expected and actual)

New undergraduate and graduate registered in Universa in 2013: 3.749

Number of undergraduate traineeships done in 2013: 3.522

Number of graduate traineeships done in 2013: 408

Number or international traineeships offered in 2013: 62

Training courses delivered in 2013: 55

Selection processed carried out in 2013: 925

Individual orientation services delivered in 2013: 1.775

Source of funding

National budget (tax revenue), Regional budget (tax revenue)

Main responsible body, type


Role of implementing body

Project coordinator and promoter.

Other bodies involved in implementation of the practice as partners or contractors

Local enterprises and institutions that receive Universa users.

Evaluation - Was the practice evaluated?

Yes, internal evaluation


Target group(s)

Employers, Jobseekers, People seeking training


All employers



People seeking training

Out or work - youth

B.2 Type of practice

B.2.1 Practices related to management or servicing of clients

Registration, skill assessments, identification of client needs and matching

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B.2.2 Practices related to labour market information and improvement of micro and smes’ procedures

Labour market information (LMI)

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Micro and SMEs’ procedures

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B.2.3 Practices related to skill mismatch reduction

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch (targeted to unemployed or employed)

Individual counselling/guidance/mentoring/coaching, Training (classroom), Training (work-based, including apprenticeship)

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch: labour mobility

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Sharing the cost of training and skills development

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B.3 Delivery method(s)

Delivery methods involved

Surface mail, Face to face contacts

B.4 Contracting out

Extent of contracting out of practice: The service is contracted out…

Not at all

Type of subcontractor(s)


B.5 Partnership

Type of partners involved in implementation of the practice


SECTION C - Information about evaluation of the practice

When was the practice evaluated?

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Type of organisation carrying out the evaluation

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Details of the organisation responsible for carrying out the evaluation

Name of the organisation, original language/Name of the evaluator

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Name of the organisation, English translation

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E mail

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Web page

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Overall evaluation methodology/methodology

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Indicators in the evaluation

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Main findings of the evaluation

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Change in practice following evaluation

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C.1 Documentation of the evaluation

Type of documentation

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Monitoring evidence

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D.1 - Evidence of results

Supporting materials are available

D.2 - Relevance

Programme logic: actions appear to be coherent with the objectives to be achieved by the practice, The practice responds to identified needs

D.3 - Availability of clear and adequate information

Documentation can be found on the internet

D.4 - Impact

The practice demonstrates, by means of qualitative and/or quantitative results, an improvement in the skills needs identification and the skills matching in the digital and/or in the green economy involving and/or for the benefit of small and medium enterprises

D.5 - Innovation

The practice integrates new elements of intervention to achieve an improvement in the skills needs identification and/or in the skills matching in the digital and/or in the green economy involving and/or for the benefit of small and medium enterprises

D.6 - Broad-based participation

The practice is led and supported by stakeholders partnership who strive towards the pursued goals and are committed to the success of the practice., The practice enjoys the collaboration of various administrations and government bodies and/or business associations/organisations and/or chambers of commerce that afford their support to the project.

D.7 - Sustainability

The practice involves a wide range of actors and stakeholders that help sustain the project financially., Resources are/can be made (cross out that which does not apply) available for continuation of the practice.

D.8 - Mainstreaming

The practice or elements therein were/can be (cross out that which does not apply) mainstreamed into the day-to-day operations of the implementing body, The practice or elements therein were/can be (cross out that which does not apply) adopted by other stakeholders, The practice or elements therein were/can be (cross out that which does not apply) adopted by actors located in similar areas, The results of the practice were disseminated to policy makers, NGOs, enterprises, civil society, etc.

D.9 - European Added Value and Transferability

Benefits have been produced from cross-border co-operation (such as a network of complimentary training centers, SMEs, pes in different countries)., The practice’s progressive and/or established ideas may be applied to parallel or similar situations in the same or different regions., The practice acts as a source of inspiration for new projects., The practice includes an evaluation of the practice itself., The practice involves the various people that have taken part in the activities in the evaluation phase.

D.10 - Additional comments

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