A strategy for dual VET

Image of the signatories of the agreement, last week, in the capital of Gran Canaria. / C7

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The objective is that all Vocational Training in the Canary Islands have a dual nature, thus combining teaching and learning processes on an alternating basis between the training center and the company.

Canarian Dual Vocational Training Strategy 2022-2026. This is the title of the important document signed a few days ago, within the framework of the General Table for Social Coordination, by the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, with leaders of business organizations and trade unions, aimed at promoting the transition towards a model of continuous education of people's lives and greater linkage to employment contracts.

Through the strategic text of the Roundtable, progress is made in the timely fulfillment of the various objectives of the organic law: identify the professional skills of the labor market, ensure a suitable training offer, enable the acquisition of new skills and promote a professional guidance and support.

The aim is for all Vocational Training in the Canary Islands to have a dual nature, thus combining teaching and learning processes on an alternating basis between the training center and the company. The signed document aims to qualify the young population with the aim of facilitating their professional insertion. Torres recalled that "Canarian youth have been enduring unemployment figures that are unsustainable for many years" and is confident that this strategy will help maintain the downward trend in unemployment among people under 25 years of age after five months of the labor reform, a decrease that in May was 12% compared to April.

Training must be linked to the blue economy, digital transformation, energy transition, creative industries or the care economy

In this way, "The Canary Islands become the first autonomous community to agree on a pioneering document with coherent proposals to fit the Organic Law 3/2022 on the Organization and Integration of VET thanks to public-private collaboration through social dialogue", highlighted the Canarian president after signing with the president of the business confederation of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (CEOE-Tenerife), Pedro Alfonso; the first vice-president of the homologous entity of Las Palmas (CCE), María de la Salud Gil; the secretary general of the General Union of Workers (UGT), Manuel Navarro; and the secretary of Institutional Policy of the Workers' Commissions (CCOO), Ignacio López.

Torres also thanked the Ministers of Economy, Knowledge and Employment, Elena Máñez; of Education, Culture and Universities, Manuela Armas; of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Yaiza Castilla; and Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Alicia Vanoostende, and valued the involvement and coordination of the four departments to develop and agree on the Dual FP Canarian Strategy since the recent approval of state regulations last March.

The president stressed the importance of the agreement reached by recalling that last year was the first in which the Government of the Canary Islands activated scholarships for Dual Vocational Training students with five hundred thousand euros, "an amount that for the next year is going to increase fivefold with more three million euros," he said. Ángel Víctor Torres valued that this Dual VET strategy is a commitment made by his Executive and that it is also among the goals of the Canarian Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030. Torres recalled that the promotion of Dual VET has been carried out since the beginning of this legislature taking important steps. In this sense, he reflected that "since 2020 the dual FP groups have doubled, going from 103 groups to the 205 that there will be next year", for which there are already a thousand collaborating companies.

In short, improving the qualifications of people and the competitiveness of companies, in addition to adapting specialized training to the immediate needs of the Canarian market, are the main objectives of this Canarian Strategy. Training, according to the signed agreement, must be linked to activities related to the blue economy, digital transformation, energy transition, creative industries or the care economy.

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