Jun 07, 2023 / Formación Profesional

AGBAR, UNESPA, Seabery and The Integrated VET Centrer (CIPFP) Ausiàs March, winners at the 7th edition of the Alliance for Dual Vocational Training Award

The award ceremony of the 7th edition of the Alliance for Dual Vocational Training Award, held at the headquarters of the CEOE in Madrid, was attended by Antonio Garamendi, president of CEOE; Fátima Báñez, president of the CEOE Foundation; and Francisco Belil and Clara Bassols, vice-president and director of the Bertelsmann Foundation, respectively.

The winners of the 7th edition of the Alliance for Dual Vocational Training Award were AGBAR, UNESPA, CIPFP Ausiàs March and Seabery.

On June 7th, at the CEOE headquarters in Madrid, theBertelsmann Foundation and the CEOE Foundation presented the awards for the categories of Large Company, Organisation, Educational Centre and Small and Medium-sized Enterprise, respectively.  They were delivered by the President of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, the President of the CEOE Foundation, Fátima Báñez, and the Vice-President and Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation, Francisco Belil and Clara Bassols, respectively.

In this way, recognition is given to those Dual VET projects in Spain that stand out, especially for their quality, innovation, replicability, improved employability and cooperation and involvement in their projects.

The finalists in this edition were FECAVEM and AECOC, in the Organisation category; Cosentino and COVAP, in the Large Company category; Inves Biofarm and SSH Team, in the SME category; and IES San José and Institut Bonanova, in the Educational Centre category.

Road to a shared success

At the opening of the event, Fátima Báñez stressed that, “through these awards, we want to recognise the commitment to dual vocational training in Spain as a path to shared success as well as to highlight the value of the Alliance for Dual Vocational Training, which allows us to build a society with talent in mind, an essential factor in today’s economy”.

At the closing ceremony, Francisco Belil stressed “the importance of educational centres, organisations, SMEs and large companies in promoting this type of training”, as dual vocational training is a path to the future that will be a success for young people and for the country. “In the next seven years, dual vocational training students will be taking up a large part of the jobs”, he added.

In this regard, Antonio Garamendi stressed: “Dual vocational training consists of training, digitalisation and sustainability“. To this, he added that there is no greater compliment that can be paid to a person than to be told that they are professional. And this is what dual vocational training achieves.

Innovation in learning

The Alliance for Dual VET Award, created in 2017 to recognise the commitment to dual VET in Spain, gives visibility to the best winning practices, as well as to the actors involved. This year’s edition is organised by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the CEOE Foundation.

This award is committed to innovation in learning models based on training in real work environments. The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness among the business community, educational centres, organisations, and society of the need to promote quality dual vocational training in our country. This will lead to a reduction in youth unemployment, an improvement in the competitiveness of our companies and bringing the business and education worlds closer to each other.

The finalists and winners were chosen by an impartial and independent jury made up of a representative of each of the partners promoting the Alliance for Dual Vocational Training, a representative of the CEOE Foundation and representatives of the winners from previous editions.


Organisation category

UNESPA and the insurance sector have been developing the curricular adaptation of the Higher VET Programme in Administration and Finance for the insurance sector since 2017. We consider their project to be extraordinary for the following reasons:

•    For the quality, since the Dual Vocational Training programme with special emphasis in Insurance adds specialised content related to the insurance sector to the higher VET programme in Administration and Finance, and learners do 1000 hours of practical work at the company. This means that, at the end of the programme, students are awarded the Certificate of Higher Technician in Administration and Finance, with a special concentration on Insurance, as well as the Certificate of Insurance Mediator level 2, officially recognised as qualifying them to advise on insurance sales.

•    For its innovation, which is reflected in an innovative platform for cross-interviews between companies and students, called speedating, which works as a virtual job fair, where students and companies introduce themselves and rate each other.

•    For its contribution to the promotion of dual vocational training, given that they have created a website with information about the project and they carry out an annual advertising campaign on social networks and other online channels. Informative webinars are also held for companies and students.

•    For the employability, given that 72% of the students are hired by the company in which they completed their training placement.

Educational centre category

The Integrated VET Centrer (CIFP) Ausiàs March in Valencia in International Trade in the flexible dual VET modality. We think their project is extraordinary for the following reasons:

•    For its innovative approach, given that the project has been designed ad hoc through the flexible dual vocational training model. Its training has an extended duration in order to adapt it to the professional profile of port logistics.

•    For its quality, given that they have an internal management system and a quality control process that allows them to monitor the performance of the companies and the labour market insertion of the students. It also includes new teaching methodologies, specific training in procedures, software, and documentation specific to the port cluster companies, management of computer tools and communication in English. Moreover, training takes place in the company from the first year and the programme is taught in a reinforced multilingual mode.  In addition, students and teachers participate in the Euro Trainee Scholarships, a mobility programme for multilingual vocational training in the European Union.

•    For the cooperation and involvement, given that they involve the educational board, the Valencia Port Foundation, together with IES Pere Boïl, IES elGraoand CIPFP Mislata, in addition to CIPFP Ausiàs March.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) Category)

Seabery is a company that develops educational technologies through simulation based on artificial vision for use in training centres and companies. We think their project is extraordinary for the following reasons:

•    For its quality, given that the students do not have defined positions within the company, but rotate between different areas of work in order to learn the knowledge and skills required in each field, and are permanently supervised and mentored by their work tutor.

•    For its innovation, given that they use state-of-the-art technologies to create environments where students can practice at no cost, safely, making the best use of their time and in a sustainable way.

•    For their promoting efforts, given that, by means of their own activity, which focuses on the development of educational technologies, they promote dual vocational training and contribute to making it more efficient and productive.

Large Company Category

AGBAR is a company with over 150 years of history that deals with water and environmental management. We consider their project to be extraordinary for the following reasons:

•    For its quality, given that since 2012 it has been leading the promotion of dual vocational training in the water sector in Spain and acting as a driving force, to the benefit of all the agents involved in the sector. When there was no specific training programme for the water sector, Agbar promoted, through its Water School, a specific qualification awarded by the Government of Catalonia in Water Treatment Networks and Stations, which was implemented directly in dual mode. Subsequently, it participated in the design of the official training programmes for the Intermediate VET in Water Networks and Stations and the Higher VET in Water Management.

In addition, it has provided the centres with financial resources, materials, and tools for the practical training of students in the training centre and has built and equipped technical classrooms. It has provided experts as vocational training teachers and has provided technical training and training placements for Dual VET teachers. Other elements of quality are the rotation of students between different companies, the monitoring and follow-up of the employability of students in Agbar companies and the promotion of gender equality in a highly professionalised sector.   

•    For the cooperation and involvement, given that it works with many companies and institutions, public administrations, and training centres in different Spanish regions.

•    For its innovation, given that it is a pioneering project in the promotion of dual vocational training in Spain within the water sector. Furthermore, the creation of the Water School helps to transfer knowledge and has made it possible to deploy dual vocational training within the framework of a comprehensive Professional Qualification model.

•    For its replicability, given that the project has been scaled up over the course of a decade and has been implemented together with public administrations and educational centres in 7 Autonomous Regions (Catalonia, Galicia, Canary Islands, Madrid, Murcia, Andalusia, Valencia).

•    For the promotion efforts, given that they promote and publicise dual vocational training at orientation fairs and other events, in addition to carrying out studies and preparing materials and distributing them on social networks and other media outlets. 

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