The new law on Vocational Training, which is expected to be brought to the Council of Ministers on September 7, will include that up to 35% of training time is in companies in the case of general training, and up to 50% in the case of the intensive, “always” under a contractual figure.
The Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría, has opened the second day of the 35th Congress of the Digital Economy and Telecommunications, promoted by the employers’ association of the digital industry Ametic, where she has confirmed her intention that the new professional training law be approved in the next Council of Ministers on September 7 and that it goes ahead with the maximum consensus.
In this new law, it will be contemplated that between 25% and 35% of the training time is through internships in companies in the case of general professional training and up to 50% in the case of specialized training, he said.
The minister has framed this measure in the dual model that she wants to implement, which is adapted to each professional center and companies, with the aim that the student becomes familiar with the workplace from the beginning of the training.
200,000 new places until 2024
The Government plans to create 200,000 new vocational training places by 2024 – which includes the 120,000 places already created in the previous year -, according to Alegría.
Of all these positions, 25% have to do with the information technology, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity sectors, a sector that, in their opinion, is essential.
Alegría has affirmed that the strategic lines of training are being elaborated in collaboration with autonomous communities and social partners. For the implementation of this law, “the deadlines are very immediate.”
In his opinion, boosting vocational training is the best way to invest in an increasingly modern economy to reduce youth unemployment.
From the 2017/2019 academic year to the present, there has been an increase in student interest in FP by 20%, a rate still “far” from the European average, where the percentage of students who opt for this option is 12%, but it indicates that the path “started is the right one”.
In addition to vocational training, another challenge Spain faces in this area is the accreditation of digital skills for more than 3 million people in four years, taking into account that 46% of the active population in Spain it lacks them.
In this context, he has referred to the need to take advantage of female talent in technological disciplines is an urgent need, since, in his opinion, it is “nonsense” not to have it.
This mismatch between women and men in this sector must be overcome, something that “is not easy” and for which the commitment of all is necessary.
The minister has affirmed that “sometimes we allow ourselves to be carried away by a certain pessimism” regarding the educational system, to which the “permanent” political contest in this matter does not help. This does not mean that the educational system in the country has not progressed, he said.
He has also referred to the indicators of digitization of the university education system, which shows that it has improved significantly and contemplates, for example, that 96% of classrooms have internet.