Vocational training now represents 60% of job vacancies in businesses in the Basque Country. This was dropped by the general director of Confebask, Eduardo Aretxaga, this Monday after the Basque Council for Vocational Training (CVFP) approved the ‘VI Basque Plan for Vocational Training’, a document that will mark the policies that will be developed in the coming years years the Ministry of Education in the field of VET. The new plan will have a budget of more than 513 million euros for the next three years.
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The CVFP is an inter-institutional body in which various departments of the Basque government are represented (education, labor and employment, economic development, sustainability and environment), the provincial councils, representatives of employers’ organizations and trade unions, as well as delegates from the establishments of public and private education, according to Europa Press. During the meeting of this body held this Monday in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Minister of Education, Jokin Bildarratz, thanked all the institutions and organizations that make up the CVFP for the work and contributions they have made. made to agree on this ‘VI Basque Plan for FP’ which, as he said, establishes “a very clear vision” for Vocational Training in the years to come.
The objective, as he explained, is “to move towards sustainable and inclusive human development”, to promote the talent of people, through the incorporation of advanced learning models that respond to the challenges posed by a new productive environment, with more digital and smart technologies, “to consolidate Basque FP as an agent of transformation and innovation, which helps people to improve their employability and Basque companies to progress towards greater competitiveness”.
Through this plan, the objective is to promote a new transformation of the Basque vocational training system through “a renewed, advanced and disruptive model”, which allows it to respond to the challenges posed by the advance and development of the fourth industrial Revolution. At the same time, it is about strengthening the skills of people who study vocational training, with the aim of achieving a high level of qualification and becoming the talented professionals that the Basque productive fabric needs. The signatories of the agreement also aspire to foster collaboration between vocational training centers and companies, by facilitating networking, the development of flexible training, the promotion of applied innovation and intelligence, and the progress towards digital transformation.
The plan will establish and promote the professional skills and qualifications necessary to respond to the triple transition indicated in this plan: technological-digital transition, energy-climate transition and socio-health transition. The “VI Basque FP Plan” has a total budget of more than 513 million euros for the next three years. With regard to the objectives set out in the new plan, Minister Bildarratz spoke in his speech at the meeting about the opportunities and challenges facing VET, due to the “context of accelerated transformation”, the technological revolution in which society is immersed, and the economic and social model towards which it is moving, based on technology, digitization and intelligent systems.
“In the next 20 years, we are going to see disruptive changes that will shape a world unlike anything we have known so far. Disruption, complexity and uncertainty will be with us on a regular basis. “, he stressed. Faced with this challenge, in the words of the director, “we must be aware that progress passes, more than ever, through people. Because people have knowledge, creativity and talent and that they are the ones who will lead the necessary changes at all levels”.
In this sense, he said that the Basque FP “has the enormous challenge of accompanying and preparing people to adapt to this transformation and to develop the skills that the new reality demands”. The plan also touches on humanistic training, given “the enormous potential of digitization and artificial intelligence”. “Each time a robot, an artificial intelligence expert system or an automation replaces a person in a given process, a new scenario of relations between technology and humanity is born in which the talent of people will take on even more importance. “Bildarratz said.
Bildarratz spoke of the direct impact the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have on labor and employment, an issue this plan also addresses. “We define which jobs will be transformed, which jobs will disappear and which new jobs will emerge. We will therefore have to talk about replaced tasks, completed tasks, modified trades and new jobs,” he said.
The adviser added that “a future with many possibilities to work in environments different from those of the present, either by transformation or by new creation” is foreseen. Faced with this scenario, he recalled that the Basque VET is committed to effective training, “which allows VET students to adapt and, in many cases, to anticipate the new needs of our fabric productive.
The Minister explained that vocational training in the Basque Country “wants to contribute to responding” to the challenges linked to the problems of climate change, global warming and environmental pollution, to improving the health of the planet and people, to the recovery of the seas and oceans, using the European Green Deal and the 2030 Agenda as roadmaps.
Impact on employment
In statements after its approval, the Director General of Confebask, Eduardo Aretxaga, stressed that this is a document that will guide VET in the Basque Country over the next three years and “will give continuity to what has been built” in the previous five planes. The person in charge of Confebask indicated that the FP supposes 60% of the request for new incorporations of the private company in Euskadi; and that the demographic challenge, combined with the lack of population, “will force” to maintain vocational training in the Basque Country “as a reference throughout the State”.
For her part, the General Secretary of CCOO Euskadi, Loli García, applauded the achievement of this agreement, considering that it will contribute to the acquisition of professional skills and “commitment values” of students. The head of UGT Euskadi, Raúl Arza, appreciated the agreement reached and stressed that VT is “a useful and necessary tool” for society to “anticipate” the challenges related to digital, climate and social transitions.
The president of the social initiative VET centers in the Basque Country, Julen Elgeta, claimed that the agreed plan is “ambitious” and constitutes a “challenge” for the centres, which bear a great “responsibility” when drawing up measures envisaged therein. On behalf of Ikaslan, Nora Morena agreed to call the plan a “very ambitious and motivating” tool.