The Association of Vocational Training Centres FPEmpresa has attended from 22th to 24th of May 2024 the meeting ‘The Event 2024’ in Brussels (Belgium), organised by EfVET, EVBB and EVTA to contribute to the reshaping of European VET. FPEmpresa was represented by Carlos de Olagüe, EfVET coordinator for Spain and member coordinator for Madrid and International of the Association.

This meeting brought together representatives of various educational institutions and organisations from all over Europe to discuss and share innovative strategies and best practices in the field of VET, as well as to lay the foundations for the formation of the European VET Alliance and to issue a common declaration of intent.

“Furthermore, this event has been an investment in building invaluable connections and partnerships that can drive real change. Through workshops, panel discussions and networking sessions, all stakeholders were able to share best practices and formulate strategies for change,” said Carlos de Olagüe.

Manifesto for VET

During the meeting, Olagüe highlighted the crucial role played by the association in supporting VET schools in Spain. In his speech, the coordinator of FPEmpresa in Madrid and International explained how FPEmpresa has provided resources, training and advice to the centres to improve the quality of education and the employability of students.

“FPEmpresa is a fundamental pillar for VET centres in Spain, providing them with the necessary support to adapt to the changes and challenges of the labour market. Our mission is to ensure that VET in Spain remains up to date, providing students with the skills and competences demanded by today’s companies,” said de Olagüe.

In addition, details were shared about the 10th VET Congress held in Seville, the central theme of which was guidance before, during and after training. With regard to the new trends and reforms in VET, Carlos de Olagüe highlighted the implementation of entrepreneurship and the digitalisation module as transversal training in competences, introduced in the new VET law.

To conclude the meeting, a manifesto signed by European training providers was presented, highlighting that VET has historically been seen as a secondary option in the education sector. Despite its importance, the first draft of the European Education Area for Education excluded VET.

“For this reason, the manifesto seeks to reverse the negative perception and lack of investment in VET, promoting policies that strengthen this fundamental sector for the economic and social development of Europe”, concluded Carlos de Olagüe.

To access the manifesto, please click here.