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Catalonia to become southern Europe's most competitive and professionalised region

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Catalonia to become southern Europe's most competitive and professionalised region

  1. The Government of Catalonia gives a fresh boost to vocational training, with the goal of certifying and training 800,000 professionals in the coming years to meet the future needs of the production economy
  2. The approval of the Decree on integrated vocational training centres and the creation of the map of vocational training centres will improve the competitiveness of the country’s business fabric and its professionals, and contribute to lowering the unemployment rate and the school drop-out rate


Catalonia currently has a vocational qualification structure that does not meet the needs of its industry. The country also has an unemployment rate of 10.4%, as well as a youth unemployment rate and a school drop-out rate of 22.1% and 16.9%, respectively.

To remedy this situation, the Catalan Government has made a commitment to certifying and training of more than 800,000 people with intermediate qualification levels in the coming years. The FPCAT System for vocational training will thus become a source of human capital to improve companies’ competitiveness, and Catalonia will become the most competitive and professionalised region in southern Europe. The idea is to achieve this goal by 2030.

Creation of the map of vocational training centres

In this context, the Catalan Government has organised the creation of the map of vocational training centres, and established the areas of work aimed at carrying the project out. The map of vocational training centres will be one of the major agreements in the field of vocational training and skills, which will define the broad-based strategic lines to setting out and developing the Vocational Training and Skills System Network in the coming years. The objective of the map is to create a shared diagnosis between all the key parties involved, optimise the resources available and improve efficiency. The goal is also to create a comprehensive training track, carry out evidence-based planning to anticipate training needs, and define the centres as benchmarks for sector and territorial economic regeneration.