Is Professional Training fashionable?

More and more the labour market is demanding skilled technicians over university degrees.

When I visit these summer days several institutes where secondary education, Professional training and Baccalaureate classes are housed, the corridors are dark, with the lights turned off and the classroom shutters thrown in their particular summer hibernation. Some class breaks with its enlightened interior, from which the voices of teachers finalising the preparations for the next 2022-23 year come.

It is in this atmosphere that I feel like one more of these young people who bet to study FP as a pre-future step.

.I started studying FP” and this has always allowed me to get into the position of the pupils, I feel very attached to them, I know their concerns and I think it helps a great deal in my .Divulgation and FFP’ task to convey to them the same love that they moved me to practice a profession from vocation.

It is an objective fact that the percentage of pupils in vocational training has been increasing for years, for two simple reasons. The first is that the labour market has changed and the university trend, like all bubbles, threatens to break down over-exploitation of graduates.

Furthermore, this very market calls for more technical professionals in the productive sectors because the workforce is scarce. In the last course (2021-22), students enrolled in an FP have grown by 4.1%, with more than a million pupils across the country, as can be seen from the Ministry of Professional Education and Training’s latest report .Data and Figures 2021-22’.

Our country has always been in a position to demand technicians, especially in industrial areas. But for decades, “a large percentage of students, due to a harmful and non-existent professional orientation, have opted for other kinds of studies and we’ve also suffered the stigmatisation of Professional Training, as if this was a place where only people who didn’t like to study, as a second or third choice, when nothing is the case”.

There are many students who after the beginning of the university decide to bet on Professional Training or students, who after finishing their university studies return to Professional Training to expand the range of work possibilities.”

On the Offert and Employment Demand in Spain 2021, a recent report by ADDECO indicated that 41.3% of job vacancies in Spain are for Vocational Training students, a statistic that is ten points less for university students.

Finally, one of the major national challenges in vocational training is the presence of women in their classrooms.


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