The FPEmpresa VET Schools Association, through the appearance of its president, Luis García Domínguez, participated in the month of July in the extraordinary session of the Education and Vocational Education and Training Commission, held in the Spanish Congress of Deputies, to provide the vision of VET centres on the next Draft Organic Law for the Organisation and Integration of Vocational Education and Training.

García transferred the content of FPEmpresa’s assessment on the draft law, a document that includes recommendations on all the points dealt within the text of the future VET law.

García began his appearance by highlighting the importance of the point of view of VET centres on this piece of legislation. “The schools are one of the places where this task of teaching/learning Vocational Education and Training is developed, along with the companies”, he pointed out.

Likewise, he also highlighted the relevance of the state registry of Vocational Education and Training, through which all citizens are given immediate access to information on different professional careers. Regarding the joint organisation of the different types of provision, García underlines: “It seems very important to us that all the information is located in the same place, in the schools, so that citizens can have a clear reference of where to go in order to decide about their professional path in VET”. “What we want is for the whole process to be easy, for the new law to facilitate access to VET studies to any citizen, anywhere.”

Regarding the teacher/student ratio, García stressed that “in Vocational Education and Training, we work in real workshops with real tools, each student with their own, and a teacher with 30 students in a workshop, the only thing that situation achieves is to jeopardise teaching quality. For this reason, we would like to create some type of guarantee so that lower ratios are established in the VET training cycles”.

After twenty minutes approximately, García concluded: “We will work hard to have the VET Law that Spain deserves and that our young people, schools and companies deserve.”

In subsequent statements, García highlighted: “Let’s hope that together we can make a consensus law, so that Vocational Education and Training can make a qualitative leap, in economic, social and productive terms. FPEmpresa is honoured to make its contribution to work towards the improvement of Vocational Education and Training”.