Martorell, 01/07/2014. – “When I began studying at SEAT initially I had few expectations of acquiring so much knowledge”, says Débora Ocaña, one of students who has just finished her course of studies at the Apprentices School and who, together with her classmates, today joins the company on an open-ended contract. This is the first Class to have completed the dual vocational training course of studies based on the German model, combining theory with practical hands-on training at SEAT’s production plants.
“Vocational training has endless advantages, since you can put into practice everything you learn at the School”, continues Débora, who says that her experience in the plant has made her felt like “just another worker” of the company. This 23-year-old, who has studied Vehicle electromechanics, adds that students are given a remunerated training and apprenticeship contract to carry out their practical work.
Andrés Cruces, Débora’s tutor throughout her practical session time in the plant, says that students trained with this new system “are fully qualified for a place in the world of work”. “With the previous training system, apprentices had only a token presence in the plant. Now they spend many hours here, rotating shifts like any other staff employee and eventually learning everything there is to learn”, he adds.
Marc Pérez, Débora’s study companion, is studying Electrical Engineering at university, and decided to complete his studies at the SEAT Apprentices School. “Coming to this course was a stroke of luck for me, since I could put to practical use everything I learned, unlike at university”, he says. “Although we still have a lot to learn, when we finish we are better trained than average thanks to the time we have spent in the plant during the course of our studies”, adds the 23-year-old.
With many young people facing an uncertain future, coupled with the current high level of unemployment among youngsters, both Débora and Marc feel very lucky because only a few days after completing their studies they already have a job with an open-ended contract in a labour environment that they are very familiar with.
The Apprentices School, half a century of training
The SEAT Apprentices School is a vocational training centre of excellence. The technical level of both facilities and trainers together with hands-on training have been the key to the success of the School, which has trained more than 2,500 young people over the past half century. The centre has received more than 900 applications for the 60 new places on offer for the forthcoming academic year 2014-2015, which will begin in September.