30 November 2020

Encuentro digitalización

Orkestra and the Bankia Foundation for Dual Education present the first Vocational Training Observatory in Spain with the aim of analysing the current state of this education system and its evolution in recent years

Vocational Training is extremely important for its potential to boost social welfare, its capacity to strengthen competitiveness and innovation, and its contribution to individual, regional and local development. For this reason, Orkestra has collaborated with the Bankia Foundation for Dual Education in various studies on its status and evolution in different autonomous communities in recent years.

The first Vocational Training Observatory in Spain was presented yesterday in Madrid. This platform brings together multiple data relating to Initial or Educational Vocational Training, Dual Vocational Training and Vocational Training for Employment, as well as data relating to Vocational Training and social challenges, labour market and insertion and supply and demand adjustment, which result from the collaboration between both institutions. The annual report on the state of vocational training in Spain and its autonomous communities and cities was also publicly presented at the event.

Researchers Juan Gamboa and Mikel Albizu participated in the presentation on behalf of Orkestra. The President of Bankia and the Bankia Foundation, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri; the Secretary General of Vocational Training of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Clara Sanz; and several members of the Bankia Foundation for Dual Training who have collaborated in the development of the report and the Observatory also took part in the event.

Report on Vocational Training 2020

Orkestra had already carried out several research studies into the Vocational Training system in Navarre, La Rioja, Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha in collaboration with the Bankia Foundation. On this occasion, the report offers a global and detailed vision of the progress of Vocational Training in Spain and its autonomous communities and cities, analysing many of the Observatory's data.

One of its main conclusions is that vocational training is considered one of the main doors to the labour market in the short and medium term, especially in a context such as that created by the pandemic, which has increased unemployment. In this regard, it is necessary to promote Vocational Training for Employment, certificates of professionalism, which allow to accredit, train and retrain in new competences in a dynamic and fast way.

Furthermore, vocational training must train young people in qualifications that facilitate their effective and rapid integration into the labour market. As Mikel Albizu stated in the presentation of the report, retraining through vocational training "must be oriented towards the transitions that are going to take place in the medium to long term, in training areas that have career pathways leading to consistent professional development".

Vocational Training Observatory

This platform, which has been made available to the Vocational Training community through www.observatoriofp.com, makes it possible to analyse a series of basic and advanced indicators by level, by professional family or by region; to establish comparisons, as well as to analyse their evolution over time. Data are collected from official institutions and are permanently updated.

Juan Gamboa, the researcher who has led the project at Orkestra, highlighted the territorial nature of the Observatory during his presentation: "Having a perspective of the Vocational Training system in Spain is very important, but being able to analyse the data from its autonomous communities and cities is key to contribute to the development of Vocational Training".

People's skills, key to the Basque Country's resilience

Orkestra's involvement in this project is in line with the Institute's research on Skills and Employment for the Future. Since over-qualification and youth unemployment are two major challenges in the Basque Country, knowing the possibilities offered by the vocational training system to optimise people's skills and promote their employability is very important for our region.

The 2019 Competitiveness Report already addressed the issue of competences as a resource, both individual and collective, which the Basque Country must equip itself with in the coming years, and the diagnosis drawn up in 2020 also includes people's skills among the las 7 keys to the Basque Country’s resilience after the pandemic.