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Serial production of Airbus Group’ most advanced high-tech military airlifter A400M started in Seville in 2011. In 2008, Schott Solar, the renewables division of the German glass producer Schott, established a manufacturing plant for solar receivers in Seville. CSC's Health Business Unit for the South of Europe and Latin America located at Andalusia's Technology Park in Malaga has become its main premise for their development and growth in the Health sector. Celgene chose Seville for its first R&D centre outside the US to carry out extensive clinical trials starting in 2011. Abbott, Spain’s Best Workplaces award winner 2010, expanded its Granada nutritions plant to triple its production. Spanish Sener and Abu Dhabi Based Masdar opened their cutting edge solar tower project Gemasolar in 2011

Skilled workforce

With four million employees, Andalusia has the largest pool of active workers of all Spanish regions and compares in number to European countries such as Switzerland or Austria. About 65% of Andalusia’s working population have a secondary or higher education, and the region has the third largest number of graduate employees among Spanish regions.

Andalusia also stands out as one of the Spanish regions with the lowest labour costs for businesses, below the average both in Spain and the Euro zone. Labour costs are stable compared to other parts of Europe and have seen a moderate growth during the past years.

The region has a younger population than the European average and a large number of undergraduate students. Over 200,000 young people are currently enrolled at universities in Andalusia, continuously increasing the pool of qualified labour. There are 10 public universities, two of which belong to the top ten Spanish public universities in terms of research productivity, as well as numerous business schools.

In addition, there are more than 300 non-university technical training centres as well as Andalusia’s network of modern technology centres that offer close to 130 graduate courses which further help to satisfy the business community’s need for highly specialised employees.

Please also see the recent skills audit of Andalusia in the Talent Map©