22 November 2018
70% of the in the industrial workforce is made up of individuals who have qualified in vocational training in the Basque Country. “We are facing the challenge of reforming vocational training if we want to ensure a more competitive industry. Policies need to be integrated in order to do this”, the Deputy Minister for Vocational Training, Jorge Arévalo, pointed out in presenting a special edition of Ekonomiaz about “Vocational training and intelligent specialisation strategies”.
The work focuses on analysing and understanding the role played or that might be played by vocational training within regional innovation systems and intelligent specialisation systems developed for them. Thus, in addition to fostering internal dynamics with a view to offering suitable training that may be adapted to new demands, it is thought that, from an institutional standpoint – and this is the main purpose of this special edition - vocational training centres might play a more proactive role and become key agents in updating and continuing to improve current regional innovation systems and the development of of intelligent specialisation strategies. This is a role deemed necessary owing to their proximity to SMEs and close links to the local milieu, so as to both anticipate and respond to the needs of technical professional profiles in the 21st century.
Throughout the presentation of this issue of Ekonomiaz, Jordi Campás, Economy and Planning editor; Mikel Navarro, researcher at Orkestra and coordinator of this project and Jorge Arévalo, Deputy Minister for Vocational Training, cited the key role played by vocational training with regard to innovation and competitiveness in Basque companies. In this respect, emphasis was placed on the need to foster a type of intelligent vocational training that may enable progress to be made in improving and setting in motion advanced services, connectivity and high-performance mechanisms.
Starting from the premise that any given situation or model of vocational training centre will be different, conditions vary considerably in terms of providing for additional functions: vocational training for employment purposes, technical services offered to SMEs, mediating services and acting as a bridge, and support for and fostering of local development strategies. This special edition, which includes articles written by the researchers from Orkestra Miren Estensoro, Mikel Navarro and Javier Retegi, looks into a range of cases involving vocational training development and its potential for competitive improvement within the territory.
Vocational training and intelligent specialisation strategies
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