The President of Navarra, María Chivite Navascués, participated this morning in the Baluarte opening of the I Congress on Vocational Training for Employment, where he emphasized that “youth unemployment is five times lower than Vocational Training graduates” .
The President was accompanied by the managing director of CNAI, Juan Luis García. Other authorities also attended the event, such as the Minister of Education, Carlos Gimeno; the Minister of Social Rights, Social Economy and Employment, Carmen Maeztu; the delegate of the Government, Alicia Echeverría, or the general secretary of Vocational Training of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and Sports, Clara Sanz, who, in addition, was in charge of presenting the opening presentation. The congress, organized by the Department of Education of the Government of Navarra and the Navarra Center for Comprehensive Learning (CNAI), welcomes more than 400 specialists from all over Spain, and aims to be a forum for reflection and debate on training and employment.
María Chivite began her intervention by emphasizing the importance of vocational training as “the most powerful instrument to create opportunities and create a population with intermediate and higher job qualifications.” This importance is emphasized by good data also presented in Vocational Training studies in recent years. “The initial FP – Chivite said – has more than 15,000 students, which has quadrupled its offer in recent years. It has grown to 72 training cycles and programs. From 12,217 students starting in the 2019-2020 academic year, there is an estimated number of 15,200 vocational training students for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Some data also accompanied by, the President recalled, the good number of employment for vocational training studies. In this sense, Chivite recalls the conclusions presented in the latest report issued by Eurostat on the matter, which places the Foral Community as a leader at the state level. “With these relevant and important data – the President continued – it is clear that the Government of Navarra will continue to strongly support an integrated vocational training system. And he will do it with the intention and conviction that, thanks to him, we will achieve the modernization of our country, from a social perspective, facilitating qualification, employment and, thus, the generation of wealth.
Navarra, example of innovation in training for employment
The general secretary of Vocational Training of the Ministry of Education, Vocational Training and Sports, Clara Sanz, led the start of the congress activity through her presentation “Vocational Training Law and Employment Law: implementation and complementarity.”
In her presentation, Clara Sanz placed Navarra as an example of innovation in training for employment, and early implementation of new policies in this matter. Sanz recalled the 5 FP Centers of Excellence that the Foral Community already has or the 5,400 Dual FP students who are already registered in Social Security, with full coverage of their trainings.
Clara Sanz pointed out that “VET does not exist for employment. Today there is a system of vocational training, without surnames and throughout people’s lives. All FP is for work.” The general secretary of the FP of the Ministry recalls that in 2030, 65% of jobs will be linked to intermediate and/or higher levels of training and welcomes the 35% increase in the number of FP students in Spain , growth that the EU sees as a real “phenomenon,” he said. Addressing the companies, he invited them to continue to collaborate with the Ministry and the Departments of Education to continue adapting the training offer, which already includes 9,000 different training courses, on business needs. All creditable and cumulative training, divided into modules that adapt to the profiles needed in the productive sector. The general secretary of the FP of the Ministry of Education concluded by saying that “training is no longer an option, it is an obligation, and the offer to train should not leave anyone.”
Program with professionals and companies
In addition to the general secretary of the FP, Carlos Mora, general director of Migration at the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, participated in this congress in various presentations and work tables; Raúl Arribas, policy manager of the Directorate General for Employment of the European Commission; Juan Carlos Tejeda, director of the Education and Training Department of CEOE; Francisco Moreno, CCOO Employment Training Associate; Sebastián Pacheco, UGT training secretary; Miriam Martón, managing director of the Navarrese Employment Service, as well as directors of companies such as Zabala Innovation Consulting, Acciona, Tafalla Iron Foundry Sociedad Cooperativa, IED Electronics, Nautilus VR, and heads of vocational training centers, business associations such as CEN and non-governmental organizations such as the Red Cross.