The Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Pilar Alegría, has opted this Thursday for the reform of vocational training to tackle the problem of the lack of digital talent and youth unemployment.
Alegría has defined the reform of vocational training as a “country project” and has stressed the importance of educating young people for the world of the future at the 35th Meeting of Digital Economy and Telecommunications organized by Ametic in Santander.
The Minister of Education, however, has remarked that, although Spain has fewer students than the European average in vocational training, it has grown by 20% since 2018 and is on the “right track”.
In addition, it has emphasized the importance of taking advantage of European funds to digitize education and renew the offer to train and certify digital skills.
Regarding this last aspect, it has emphasized the need to create a permanent and flexible certification process.
Likewise, Alegría has called to close the digital gaps and highlighted that the Government expects to create 200,000 vocational training places by 2024.
After the Minister of Education, several executives have discussed digital talent and the need for Spain to improve its level of digital skills.
The director of Public Policies and Government Affairs of Google Spain and Portugal, Miguel Escassi, has underlined that the multinational has trained one million people in Spain in digital skills, of which 20% have taken some type of specialized course and a 15% have found work.
Escassi has pointed out that online training should be a “fundamental lever” to promote education in this field.
For his part, the digital director of Cepsa, Joaquín Abril-Martorell, has demanded that programming become another vehicular language during education and is taught from children.
Likewise, he has rejected the dichotomy science and letters when talking about this field , since he considers the digital world a universal issue.
He has also been critical of managers who do not provide resources for their employees’ digital learning. “You cannot be in the world of today, nor in the world of tomorrow if you do not understand that,” he pointed out.
For his part, the president of Isdi, Javier Rodríguez Zapatero, has been optimistic about the future, since he considers that it is part of a “correct diagnosis”. “If we do it well, this country is going to make a spectacular change,” he assured.
In the same vein, the general director for Spain of Globant, Luis Ureta, has stated that he has stressed that it is necessary to “attack the digital divide”.
For this, the manager has stressed the importance of creating a digital culture based, for example, on the principle of continuous learning.