VT as an inspiring alternative
The managing director of Fundación MAPFRE, Julio Domingo, affirmed during the presentation of the report that it had “gathered, systemized and analyzed data and experiences compiled over three years by both foundations and provides a range of proposals to foster Vocational Training in Spain”. For Julio Domingo, the study “represents a reflection and an update on a topic that we feel to be essential, no only for training our young people, but also for our economy and our ability to adapt to unprecedented socioeconomic change”. He also highlighted the fact that this joint project had made very clear the importance of promoting training programs to young people that were “more practical and closer to the employment demands of our economy, more so now than ever in the context of the current digital revolution”.
José Ramón Pin, who lectures on Managing People in Organizations at IESE pointed out that “discovering the true nature of VT is to encounter an inspirational alternative for young people who want to develop their applied intelligence; finding a professional pathway that quickly allows them to establish their professional and personal autonomy and that propels them to the highest levels of academic achievement if that is what they wish”.
The professor stressed that this educational field requires “the different agents involved in its value chain (families, centers, companies and government administrations) to reach an agreement on its nature, potential and the challenges faced to develop it comprehensively”. He stressed that “the solutions required can only be tackled through an appropriate and consensual diagnosis. Its strength is the high level of employability it confers on its students which means increasing the level of autonomy in centers in conjunction with the companies who are the end user customers of its value chain”.
He also pointed out that “spreading knowledge is one of the values of initiatives such as ‘Discover VT”. In his view, spreading the word is, “very necessary for society and families, the true influencers in the choice of a professional career, without forgetting the work of professional career advisors in the stages leading up to VT”.
For her part, the director of Fundación ATRESMEDIA, Carmen Bieger, stressed the “the dizzying changes that are occurring in every professional field, leading to many job positions remaining unfilled through the lack of ideally suited profiles”. She went on to add that “because of this, data emerging from the IESE clearly shows that it is going to be essential to encourage technical studies and have appropriately trained managers at an intermediate level which is precisely what VT prepares for”.
She also described today’s VT as being “practical, innovative, useful, closer to company requirements and oriented towards the preferences of each student”, qualities which, in her opinion, “contribute greatly to any country’s socioeconomic development”. The director also gave great credit to the IESE study and confirmed her support for a very ambitious joint initiative “that seeks to raise society’s awareness and to give an accurate and up-to-date view of VT as a first class training path, with a far-reaching impact in young people’s employability”.