66 companies in the Balearic Islands apply for the specific aid for intensive dual vocational training

Aug 9, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

A total of 66 companies in the Balearic Islands have applied for financial aid for companies that hire students from intensive dual vocational training courses.

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This call for applications, the first of its kind in Spain, sets up specific aid for companies that provide intensive dual vocational training. The line of aid, which is processed thanks to an agreement signed between the Regional Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation of Mallorca, allows companies to receive up to €2,000 in aid per student and training for tutors.

Administration and management companies and hotel and tourism companies are leading the applications.

By sector, it should be noted that 35.8% of the companies that have applied for aid are from the administration and management sector, 26.9% from the hotel and catering and tourism sector and 10.4% from the IT and communication sector. Companies from the electricity and electronics, transport and maintenance, and nautical and renewable energy sectors, among others, have also applied for aid.

In the words of Antoni Baos, director general of Vocational Training and Higher Artistic Education, “the Balearic Islands are the first region in Spain to implement these grants with the aim of improving the quality of vocational training in the intensive dual mode and to strengthen the pedagogical training of company tutors. The aim is also to compensate the expenses derived from the dedication of hours invested in the training of students by companies, as provided for in the new Vocational Training Law”.

In this sense, €400,000 will be allocated to this aid for the 2022-2023 academic year, so that companies will receive €2,000 for each student, up to a maximum of three students per company, hired during the period between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023.

Intensive dual vocational training has proven to be a tool that helps to prevent school failure and early school leaving. It also contributes to social cohesion by offering young people a training contract linked to financial remuneration, while allowing them to continue their studies. Intensive dual vocational training also contributes to the development of personal and professional skills, as it provides young people with the maturity and tools to establish a good basis for their personal and professional development.

Four new cycles for the academic year 2022-2023

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the offer of intensive vocational training will be increased by four cycles: one higher-level cycle in Administration and Finance and three intermediate-level cycles in Cookery and Gastronomy (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza).

In the new academic year, there will be 45 cycles in seven different professional families on all the islands, as the intensive dual offer is recovered in Menorca and Ibiza.

This action is financed by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and co-financed by the European Social Fund in the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (ESF Plus).