Training is the key that opens the doors to a competitive future. Consequently, the Basque Country directs its efforts toward implementing a clear, close educational model, providing value and quality assurance. Its commitment to developing talent in people, concentrated in a nursery for highly qualified professionals, who are prepared to take the reins of the future, both locally and internationally, has been reinforced.
48.9% of people aged between 30 and 34 have higher education, which is higher than the average of the European Union (37.9%) and Spain (42.3%). With a public university, which serves eight out of every ten students, three private universities, nearly a hundred occupational training centres, five international schools, more than one dozen official language schools, the first Gastronomy University in the world, the Basque Culinary Center, and Digipen, Institute of Technology Europe Bilbao, the Basque Country is the autonomous community with most educational technology in its classrooms.
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
This is the public University of the Basque Country. With an emblem designed by Eduardo Chillida, into which he incorporated a famous line by Iparraguirre -Eman ta zabal zazu- which refers to the universal vocation of Basque culture, the UPV/EHU today is a thriving reality. Comprising more than 50,000 people, it is responsible for 65% of the research carried out in the Basque Country and has already generated a quarter of a million graduates in the most diverse areas of knowledge.
In the Basque Country, where economic activity revolves around industry, Vocational Training is an essential pillar in the preparation and qualification of people who are going to enter the job market. 65% of jobs in Basque companies require a vocational training certificate, 70% in the case of the industrial sector. We have an Innovation Centre for Vocational Training, Tknika, the innovation tool for the Vocational Training system; through networking and direct involvement of teaching staff, this centre develops innovative projects in the field of technology, training and management.
Vocational Training offers around 150 training cycles adapted to the different professional requirements, aimed at ensuring that people have the necessary professional skills to enter qualified jobs. The Vocational Training Strategic Agenda is the Basque Government’s future commitment, an agenda that seeks to extend the dual model so that training culminates in an internship plan integrated in the company. Vocational Training is considered to be basic investment to ensure qualified labour in industrial companies, vocational training aimed at the company and a reference for the SMEs.
There is a Basque framework for professional qualifications and specialisations to be able to respond quickly to the needs of companies in matters of the preparation and expertise of people who are going to work in them.
Vocational Training in the Basque Country is committed to innovation in learning, methodologies and even the type of classrooms and centres, and to VT that supports small and medium-sized enterprises as well.