The SEAT Apprentice School has taken a step further in preparing students for the future of the automotive sector and Industry 4.0 by incorporating an innovative gamification method in its training programme to teach different programming languages in a natural, playful way. Students have to solve challenges, through a platform, every day for 15 minutes during the three year duration of the course, complementing their weekly classroom sessions with software programming experts.
The training method is easy, intuitive and encourages continuing education. Through the CodeLearn platform, the students have to solve daily challenges in Phyton, Java or Unity languages. As they advance through the programme, they accumulate points that help them pass the course at the end. They also have access to a support teacher they can contact through the platform to help them with any doubts about the assignments.
With this system, students follow a gamification method to naturally learn different programming languages, key skills for their professional future where industry and vehicles will be fully connected and digitalised.
According to SEAT Vice-president for Human Resources Xavier Ros, “training in coding and programming is a major step forward for the Apprentice School and an opportunity for all the students. We predict a future where knowing how to programme will be equally necessary for industry professionals as being familiar with the components of an engine or knowing different languages. In this way, we are ahead of future trends and are improving these young people’s chances of entering the labour market.”
The Apprentice School, trail-blazer and benchmark in Dual Vocational Training
The SEAT Apprentice School is a benchmark in dual Vocational Training in Spain. Since its inauguration in 1957, the company’s training centre has prepared more than 2,700 professionals. All of the current students, a total of 169, have a full-time remunerated training contract, and once they have successfully completed their studies they will join SEAT with an open-ended work contract.
This year the School has adapted its syllabus in order to offer Advanced Degree studies using the Dual Vocational Training method which is inspired by the German model. The change from Intermediate to Advanced Degree includes more subjects focussed on Industry 4.0 and technology linked to digitalisation. The apprentices have 5,000 class hours, twice as many as the average number in other Dual Vocational schools, equally divided between classroom studies and practical work.