The event aims to bridge the gap between the training provided in schools and the companies’ needs, in order to match the students’ profiles to companies, improving their employability and abilities.
CaixaBank Dualiza and the Teachers Centre of Málaga, under the Regional Ministry of Education and Vocational Training from the Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian regional government), organised today in Málaga TechPark the first meeting in the region between the main technology companies in Málaga and the vocational training teachers from the different public schools in the province of Málaga, where the different vocational training courses and specialised courses in Computer Science and Telecommunications are taught.
More than a hundred people attended this event fostered by the Dinamizadores de Formación Profesional Dual de Málaga (Promoters of Dual Vocational Education and Training of Málaga), who are part of the RADFPD (Red Andaluza de Dinamización de la Formación Profesional Dual; Andalusian Network of Dual Vocational Training Promotion), which falls under the jurisdiction of the General Directorate of Vocational Education and Training.
The teachers’ objective of this meeting was to identify what the companies are looking for, what types of professional profiles and abilities they are interested in and what job vacancies need to be filled, which could perfectly match the students’ skills acquired in Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.
In short, the aim is to bridge the gap between the training taught in schools and the companies’ needs, adapting students’ profiles to job opportunities.
Miguel Briones, representative for Education and Vocational Training, highlighted the importance of holding these kinds of meetings that promote an exchange of ideas and contribute to the creation of collaborative projects and actions between companies of the province and schools. Furthermore, Briones remarked the strong commitment of the Regional Ministry of Education to Vocational Training and Dual Vocational Education and Training as a strategic pillar for quality education, which allows students to be qualified for what the companies and production sectors are increasingly demanding.
The aim of the meeting is to involve companies in the training process of Vocational Training students, contributing to the promotion of dual vocational training, as stipulated in the new regulations, and fostering additional training that contributes to improving the employability of students, such as training in Angular, Azure, AWS, Cisco, Citric, Java, Linux, Microsoft, Oracle, PHP, Python and .net.
Among other objectives, this event aims to boost the creation of projects between companies and teachers, and to build collaborative networks between schools and companies in the area. In addition, it also focuses on promoting talent, development, training and empowerment of VET students.
On the other hand, the event is a commitment to innovation and lifelong learning for teachers.
Other key factors of the meeting were adapting training to the real needs of industry, promoting more practical training that is more closely related to business demands and showing the VET students the real labour situation.
The VET courses include: courses with great employment opportunities such as Computer Systems Administration, Web Application Development, Multi-Platform Application Development, Telecommunications and Computer Systems, Microcomputer Systems and Networks. Moreover, teachers also teach different Specialisation Courses in Cybersecurity in Information Technology Environments, Cybersecurity for Operational Technology Environments, Video Game Development and Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.
Among the participants who attended the event, there were around 80 teachers from different schools where VET courses are taught: IES Campanillas, I.E.S. Pablo Picasso, I.E.S. Gerald Brenan, I.E.S. Belén, I.E.S. Politécnico Jesús Marín, I.E.S. Playamar, I.E.S. Los Montecillos, I.E.S. Ciudad Jardín, I.E.S. Jorge Guillén, I.E.S. Pedro Espinosa, I.E.S. Martín de Aldehuela, I.E.S. La Rosaleda, I.E.S. Serranía, I.E.S. Bezmiliana, I.E.S. Guadalpín, I.E.S. Monterroso, I.E.S. Al-Baytar, I.E.S. Mar de Alborán, I.E.S. Miguel Romero Esteo, I.E.S. Alta Axarquía, I.E.S. Portada Alta, I.E.S. Almenara, I.E.S. Cánovas del Castillo, I.E.S. Martín Rivero, I.E.S. Sierra de Mijas, I.E.S. Los Manantiales, I.E.S. Salduba, I.E.S. Vega de Mijas, I.E.S. Juan de la Cierva e I.E.S. Fuengirola Nº 1.
On the other hand, the meeting was also attended by more than 70 professionals and managers of the main technology companies and institutions: Accenture, Agencia Digital Andalucía, Andalucía Emprende, Andyko Soft S.L., A Novo Comlink España S.L, Arelance, Banco Santander, Caixabank Dualiza, Capgemini, Cisco, DayOne, DEKRA, Deloitte, EasyChatbot SL, Ebury, EY, Febelink, Fertel Phone, Fortris, Globant, Grupo Nieto Automoción, Grupo Trevenque, Grupo Viatek, Hicron, Hispasec, Innova IRV, Instalvia Telecomunicaciones, Lambda Automotive, Málaga TechPark, Mayoral Moda Infantil, Microcad Informática, Nanobytes, NTT DATA, Oracle, Promalaga, PwC, Talan, Top Digital Consulting, TDK, The Workshop, Sage, Santander Digital Service and Viewnext.