This Saturday, 4th May, the SEAT Apprentice School is welcoming young people who want to become the future generation of automotive professionals. The centre is holding an open door event for anyone who is interested in attending the upcoming term to study any of the four Advanced Degree Vocational Training programmes, which are based on the German Dual Vocational training model and have been adapted to include developing skills linked to digitalisation and new technologies.
The Apprentice School has set a registration deadline for the 2019-2020 term of June 5th. The three-year programmes are aimed at young people aged from 18 to 21 and have recently been adapted and extended. In the current term, the syllabus was increased to 5,000 hours (double the national average of training programmes in Spain), equally divided into classroom and practical hours. In addition, the number of subjects focussing on Industry 4.0 and digitalisation related technology went up.
Besides the time spent at the School, the training programme includes practical work carried out at SEAT. Students sign a full-time, paid training contract for the three-year programme. Subsequently, 100% of the students who successfully complete their third year get hired as SEAT employees. Last summer, a total of 52 Apprentice School graduates were hired by the company to work in the press, metal, paint and assembly workshops at the Martorell factory, as well as in the SEAT Barcelona and SEAT Componentes facilities.
According to SEAT’s head of Training Laura Carnicero, “every term at the Apprentice School is an opportunity to encourage young talent, training them with the best tools to face the challenges of their future working life. In the context of youth unemployment amounting to 35% and a sector in full transformation, having the appropriate skills will be a distinguishing factor for both their career and industry itself.”
The available slots for the 2019-2020 term will be assigned to candidates who successfully pass a selection process in several stages, giving priority to technological profiles. There are four different specialities on offer – Mechanical Manufacturing Production Programming, Automotives, Automation and Industrial Robotics, and Industrial Mechatronics.
CodeLearn, gamified programming
This year, the SEAT Apprentice School has added the innovative CodeLearn system to its educational programmes, which teaches programming using gamified semantics; key skills for the professional future where vehicles and industrial processes will be connected and digitalised. The mechanism of the training is simple and intuitive and encourages ongoing training – students must use a platform to solve challenges for 15 minutes daily during their three-year stay at the School, thus complementing their weekly classroom sessions with software programming experts.
Commitment to reducing unemployment
SEAT is committed to training new generations to promote their talent and educate its workers in anticipation of the transformation of the sector and jobs in upcoming years. Since it was founded in 1957, the SEAT Apprentice School has consolidated itself as a benchmark for Dual Vocational Training in Spain and has taught more than 2,500 professionals since it first opened.
Furthermore, the company is accelerating the education of its more than 15,000 employees with training designed for the future. It recently launched AlwaysLearning, a programme which makes training available to all its workers in the fields of digitalisation and new technologies so they can steer their own learning in the face of the transformation of the sector and the evolution of future jobs. In just one month, 2,700 people signed up for this programme. The company invested 23 million euros in training in 2018 compared to 17 million in 2017.