More respect for vocational education and training, a way to reduce school drop-out

Nearly two out of ten young people aged between 18 and 24 leave the school system in Catalonia prematurely. The figure (17.1%) has improved considerably since 2008, when it was 32%, but it is still far beyond the European Union average (10%). To turn it around, experts in education have long warned that one of the keys is to provide professional training (FP) as a way to convince students that it is worth keeping in the system. The business world and the school world have joined forces yesterday to promote the FP, in the FemCAT Forum X, which brought together more than 120 entrepreneurs and experts from the education sector.

The clam was quite unanimous: for students to see the VP as an effective exit, they need more guidance and more prestige. And this happens, according to experts, to claim companies that hire qualified employees. "It should be widespread that it is not possible to access the jobs without prior training," said Tatiana Soler, head of studies in vocational training at the Joan Brossa Institute. The economist Miquel Puig had briefly warned the economist and said that "if the employer is willing to accept young people without ESO or only with ESO, a significant percentage of the students will quit school."

Soler also suggested that companies "go" to schools earlier to look for potential students and create "their desire to participate in the workplace". It was confirmed by Ismael Palacín, of the Bofill Foundation, that he regretted that the orientation of the student was often "scarce and too late".

The data endorses the FP. Firstly, because more than half of FP students find work in the nine months after completing their studies, a percentage that rises to 70% if they have completed double FP, according to a government and General Council investigation. Chambres of Catalonia. And secondly, because it is a way to reduce school-leavers: in the Basque Country, where the failure rate at school is 7%, there are already more students attending vocational training than secondary school.