New Vocational Training Model
The Council of Ministers approved the new Vocational Training model. These changes in education are intended to make the different existing modules more dynamic and flexible, with more levels, and, by increasing the number of placements for students in companies, the aim is to promote labor market insertion and boost the role of the sector in education.
This new model contemplates an increase in the number of levels with which to accredit students’ knowledge; we will have from grade A, the most basic, from 30 to 50 hours. Up to grade E, which would be equivalent to a higher grade together with a specialization course, with an estimated duration of between 300 and 800 hours.
- Grade A: Partial accreditation of competences
- Grade B: Certificate of Professional Competences
- Grade C: Professional Certificate
- Grade D: Formative Cycles
- Grade E: Specialization Courses
On the other hand, in grades C, D and E, dual training is established between the educational center and the company. Two types are established, one more focused on the educational part and the other more advanced, with a contractual link to the company, which must assume up to 40% of the training costs.
In the case of vocational training in general, it has been established that between 25 and 35% of the training will be carried out in companies, with some advanced training courses providing for a time in companies of more than 35% of the total duration of the training.
This new law creates a new figure, a dual tutor. This will be appointed in the company and will act as a liaison between the company and the training center.
One of the objectives of this new training model is to make it easier for students to certify their skills. In this sense digital credentials in blockchain can play a key role, more specifically digital badges.
Badges, or digital badges, allow you to structure your training courses by parts and reward your students each time they successfully pass a part with a badge. With this badge, your students will be able to certify that they have mastered this part of the course or skill. All these badges are verifiable by third parties and, thanks to blockchain technology, they are completely unforgeable.
Once all parts of the training have been passed, a digital diploma is issued to the student. All these issues are received and stored by the student in their digital wallet, so that they can consult them at any time and from anywhere.
In the end this modification aims to make students more prepared to enter the working world, increasing the hours that will be spent in companies and, on the other hand, it is intended to facilitate both that students put in value the knowledge they have acquired in the formations and that companies can verify in a simple way all that their candidates control the knowledge and practices necessary to carry out the job.
Digital credentials in blockchain perfectly complement this new model of education and it is a matter of time before they begin to be implemented on a massive scale in educational centers.