More than a thousand vocational training teachers and professionals filled the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones in Seville during the two days of the Vocational Training Congress organised by the association of FPEmpresa centres and CaixaBank Dualiza, with the collaboration of the Junta de Andalucía and the Fundación Orange.

The event, which celebrated its tenth edition, has established itself as one of the main references of Vocational Training at national level, addressing various topics that directly affect this training modality and the educational community.

On this occasion, career guidance was the theme chosen to lead the presentations, addressing not only the initial orientation, but also, as indicated by the president of FPEmpresa, Luis García, the importance of accompanying students during their studies and help them develop. personally and know the opportunities in the market. This congress focuses on that mission.

The director of CaixaBank Dualiza, Paula San Luis, recalled the work carried out by her entity to support educational centres in all initiatives aimed at promoting guidance, considering it a key pillar to promote the qualification of people in vocational training.

During her speech, Paula San Luis gave the floor to the Chairman of CaixaBank, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, a staunch defender of vocational training, who took part in a video thanking the congress for being a meeting point for teachers, promoting the transfer of knowledge and acting as a driving force for innovation and a loudspeaker for the latest trends.

From the institutional level, the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, remarked that vocational guidance is the most useful tool to know the wide offer of the labour market, pointing out VET as a great conquest that represents the training and labour hope for several generations of young people and adults, being a niche of employability capable of energising the labour market as never before.

From the Ministry, the Secretary General for Vocational Training, Clara Sanz, insisted that “there will be no economic development or productive fabric if we do not achieve the vocational training that our country needs” and that “the great advance must be sought in consensus, in weaving alliances”.

All of this was the prelude to a series of presentations in which Clara Sanz herself, the Andalusian Regional Minister for Educational Development and Vocational Training, and the Deputy Minister for Vocational Training of the Basque Government, Jorge Arévalo, analysed the entry into force of the new Vocational Training Law and the challenges it will pose for teachers.

Arévalo himself defended the regulation because “it allows us to do what we want to do” and because “today’s centres have to be different; we cannot expect to enter centres that are the same as 50 years ago if we want to overcome the new challenges”.

He included this differentiation through new high-performance digital spaces or immersive digital spaces, which will facilitate the work of distance students and allow “if tomorrow we have a pandemic, the next day the students can continue working”.

The business part of the event heard the experience of the CEO of Ly Company Group, an Andalusian company with a turnover of more than 370 million euros, and the testimony of the former president of CICA, awarded for its commitment to VET and which has more than 50% of its staff coming from VET.

The students also had the opportunity to express themselves in a round table moderated by the Director of Innovation of the Chamber of Commerce of Seville, Ramón Bullón, in which Mónica Rufián, a student of Baking, Patisserie and Confectionery at the CIPFP Hurtado de Mendoza in Granada, advised those who decide their future: ‘Do not study only what has an outlet, because when you choose what you really want, you look for the opportunities yourself’.

All this took place at a congress where a roadmap was drawn up for where an ideal orientation should lead, and where the company should assume a part of this process through ‘a rapprochement between companies and education systems with specific agreements, moving away from big words’, according to the director of the Orange Foundation, Daniel Morales, who recalled that ‘when a student fails, it is not only an individual failure, but a failure of the system’.

In addition, all attendees had the opportunity to visit a number of educational centres located in Seville to learn about their organisation, the resources available and the strategies used to improve students’ education as much as possible.

For the programme of the 10th VET Congress, please click here.