The International Excellence Campus (IEC) “Smart Energy” programme incorporates the design of a Vocational Training Programme as one of its core elements, promoted by King Juan Carlos University (URJC) as coordinator, and the University of Alcalá (UAH). The final aim is to implement and teach Vocational Training courses with great employment possibilities, aimed at educating professionals in techniques relating to bioenergy and smart infrastructures.
The companies, Repsol and Ferrovial, will be involved in the training programmes, and will define the required skills, abilities, and knowledge for professionals in the sector. The companies will also offer their facilities for practical training, as well as an internship programme that will enable students to obtain significant experience within the working and business domain.
Additionally, the universities will make the necessary technical-scientific facilities available for the students to complete their internship training and they will design the ECTS recognition plans for students that have taken Advanced Level Training Courses (ALTC) and wish to continue university degree level education, as such promoting the inclusion of those specialists in higher education. This action will be complemented with an offer of places for ALTC students that wish to complete their Work Centre Training (WCT) in the different university, administrative, or technical units, providing both the material (working location) and teaching means (tutor) to enable it is undertaken, monitored, and assessed correctly. Internships in companies will also be offered for VT specialists as an additional way to enter the workforce.
This action is in line with the IEC’s overall approach given that it targets the training offer and makes it accessible to students from the Community of Madrid and other regions. It is additionally relevant given it reduces the access period to the employment market for young professionals.
The IEC’s role is essential for integrating the different educations levels involved with Vocational Training and Higher Education in universities. The IEC is set up as a centre of reference for the new curricular itinerary design relating to bioenergy and smart infrastructures. Additionally, it will serve to support the training of highly qualified specialists, enabling them to temporarily remain on practical programmes within research groups and laboratories. It provides the opportunity to increase employability and access to the jobs market, offering suitable training in both areas.
The Dual Vocational Training programme is an innovative educational model that combines teaching theoretical content in educational centres with practical training in companies. The objectives are:
– To align VT with the real needs of the jobs market;
– To improve the quality of the training students receive and
– To increase the employability of qualified persons.
This Dual Vocational Training Programme is fully aligned with the Campus’ objectives, through the incorporation of industrial facility specialists, who are highly qualified in bioenergy issues and from sector leading companies. This Advanced Level Training Course will also enable students to continue studying University degrees, and as such, promote the inclusion of those specialists in advanced level studies.
In this case, the theory will be taught in Secondary Education Schools (SES) after prior arrangement, and students will be able to complete regulated internships in experimental facilities and industrial scale plants at the URJC and UAH, as well as in the companies, Repsol and Ferrovial, or their respective Technological Centres. The internship schedule and lengths will be decided jointly with the aforementioned SES.
The following Advanced Level Training Courses are going to be implemented, in line with the IEC area of focus: Energy Efficiency, Solar Thermal Energy, and Renewable Energies. Another very significant point is that these two courses are not currently given in any SES in the Community of Madrid, which highlights its suitability for implementation in Madrid’s Public Universities.