Society for Economic and Social Promotion and Development of La Palma - SODEPAL



Sodepal presents the II edition of the Talent Camp with 25 young people who will devise new business models on the Island.

The CEO of Sodepal and head of Economic Promotion on the island, Raquel Díaz, accompanied by the mayoress of Los Llanos de Aridane, Noelia García, presented the second edition of Talent Camp La Palma, open to the participation of 25 young students and graduates of intermediate, higher and university vocational training courses, with the aim of working on values and skills directly related to the promotion of talent, creativity and personal and professional development.

The project, which will be an annual event, concentrates on two intensive days of work in which the young people are encouraged to explore the countless opportunities offered by La Palma and the possibility of developing new business models on the island linked to trade and services, tourism, culture and heritage, sustainability, gastronomy and agriculture, among others.

At the same time, participants develop skills that are usually acquired through professional experience, reinforcing their identity and sense of belonging to the territory.

The talent camp designed by Sodepal will be held in Los Llanos de Aridane between the 14th and 15th of July. Registration will open on 8 May via the project's website.

The working methodology is based on the concept of learning by doing, "LearningbyDoing", in other words, learning by doing. In this way, it fuses the talent of young people from La Palma who, as they demonstrated in the first edition in 2022, carry in their DNA the desire to do, a lot of attitude and the latent entrepreneurial gene, with the work of a technical team of professionals made up of local speakers and collaborators. The first edition was, it should be noted, a success.

The 25 participants will be divided into five working teams in search of a multidisciplinary experience, led by a mentor who is an expert in business counselling. The aim is to generate ideas of opportunities for the improvement of the environment, which can be transformed into employment niches.

Raquel Díaz pointed out that the Talent Camp "is committed for the second consecutive year to linking the talent of the young people of La Palma to their homeland". Every year, many of our young people leave the island to continue their academic training. Some of them, when they finish their studies, never return". For this reason, "it is necessary to promote initiatives like this that allow them to experience first-hand that on La Palma there are opportunities to develop and that we have a privileged island to live, invest or work, being able to put on the table and mature through individual and team work business ideas and possibilities to achieve the professional challenges they aspire to when they finish their studies," said the councillor.

Noelia García thanked the Cabildo and Sodepal for promoting this initiative in Los Llanos de Aridane and highlighted the interest of projects such as the Talent Camp "stimulating our young people to discover, in many cases, skills such as their own talent and the possibilities it offers not only for their personal but also collective development for the benefit of the general interest and their own municipality, undertaking and generating the employment and local development that we need to continue growing".