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VET in Action Meeting: Proposals for Socio-educational Equity

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The online meeting ‘FP in Action: Proposals for Socio-educational Equity’, organized by Fundación Tomillo, was held on the afternoon of March 17 with a great success. The various guests at the event analyzed the current situation of vocational training and the trends and initiatives being carried out for its improvement and innovation.

The president of the Tomillo Foundation, Carmen García de Andrés, opened the session by highlighting the great challenge facing vocational training in order to be an effective training tool, especially for young people in vulnerable situations, to whom this organization is preferentially addressed.

“Loocational training is key to our work and we work every day to create a model that is effective for each and every young person, in a personalized way. Spain is a country with a low average level of qualification and therefore it is time for vocational training to become a real model of professional development.said Carmen García de Andrés, also pointing out that competency-based training “is the first object of our study to understand how this model, which is key to the educational process, is developed” .

The result of this concern has been the ‘.FP Now: Analysis on the construction of competencies in Basic and Intermediate Vocational Training.‘, presented publicly in the first part of the meeting and which has been carried out by two professionals of the Area of Studies and Social Innovation of the Tomillo Foundation, Marta Castillo y Marta Hurtado.

His research involved a hundred vocational training centers in 10 autonomous communities and attempted to analyze the problem of VET based on several working hypotheses, such as the deficit of integration of personal and social competencies in training centers, the lack of curricular adaptation to individual needs, the prevalence of the use of traditional methodologies and a deficient training of teachers in these new competencies.

While noting the need to integrate personal and social competencies in vocational training in order to improve the personal development of students and their social and labor integration, the study also points out the need to improve the so far weak relationship between the centers and the companies that receive their students, as well as the need for a clearer regulatory framework to improve the work of the educational centers and, finally, a greater provision of human and material resources and teacher training.

Round Tables

After the presentation of this work, very complicated to carry out due to the consequences that the pandemic is having on the life of the entire educational community, two interesting Round Tables were held to complete the overview of the problems of Vocational Training today.

The first round table was dedicated to the Opportunities for Innovation and Inclusion in VET’. It was moderated by Mamen SalcedoThe event was attended by the Director of Research and Educational Projects of Up Social, and included the participation of David Cervera OlivaresDeputy Director General of Innovation and Training Programs of the Regional Ministry of Education and Youth of the CAM; de Luis M. OlivasDirector of Employability and Educational Innovation at Fundación Telefónica; of Monica Mosoresponsible for the Knowledge and Innovation Center at Fundación Bankia por la Formación Dual, and of Antonio ArenasIndustrial Engineer from Universidad Pontificia Comillas-ICAI.

The participants stressed the importance of innovation in the training of new professionals and the adaptation of their training to the new technological needs of companies, which demand new technical profiles for newly created professions. The importance of promoting dual education was also emphasized, and with it the increasingly intense participation of the company in the training process, an area in which there is still much to be done.

The second round table was entitled ‘VET in action, inspiring initiatives beyond the formal‘. Elena PerezThe presentation was moderated by the Director of Entrepreneurship at Fundación Tomillo, who was in charge of moderating the interventions of the following speakers Elisa Goñipedagogical coordinator at Fundación Tomillo, as a representative of the Itinerario+ program, as well as of Roberto Garciacoordinator of the Training Area of Peñascal Kooperatiba; de Guillaume ThureauPresident, Co-Founder and CEO of Factoría F5, and of Alexandra IngvarssonVice President of Global Philanthropy at J.P. Morgan.

All of them presented the initiatives they represent and which are an example of the implementation of innovative and state-of-the-art training, both from the point of view of institutions dedicated to vocational training in general, such as Tomillo or Peñascal, as well as initiatives specifically aimed at training in the field of digitalization or the sponsorship of all of them.

Angel SerranoThe general director of the Tomillo Foundation, closed these two and a half hours of presentations and debate on education and vocational training by emphasizing that this was “the first of a series of forums and meetings on education, vocational training and, in general, social and educational intervention. From the Tomillo Foundation, he continued, “we want to provoke, facilitate reflection and make visible those innovative initiatives that help us to develop models of opportunities for all young people”. He concluded by highlighting the aspiration to “restore the prestige of vocational training as a worthy and necessary path for our country”.