SEAT Brings in Dual Vocation Training System
DUBLIN, September 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
SEAT has announced it will replace the current training system in its Apprentices
School with a dual one, based on the German system. This will combine theory and practice,
and provide students with solid professional experience. The new syllabus will increase
the number of hours by 57% (from 2,950 to 4,625) in comparison to the current system, and
gives equal importance to training and work in terms of hours.
The new dual training model at SEAT’s Apprentices School will be a three-year course
of study. Students will sign a training and apprenticeship contract, and all will receive
a monthly payment. First-year apprentices will receive 250 Euros, second-year students 420
Euros, and third-year students 530 Euros.
Josef Schelchshorn, SEAT’s Vice-president for Human Resources, expressed his great
satisfaction at the introduction in Spain of a system similar to the German one. “The
project means a quantum leap in quality for our School. We are broadening and improving
the training of apprentices before they join SEAT, while at the same time forging closer
links with the world of work.”
Schelchshorn added that, “it is a matter of great pride for SEAT to be able to
contribute to Spanish society in the form of quality training and employment.”
To date SEAT has been offering two years of Middle Grade vocational training cycle,
completed with an additional one-year training course to provide students with better
qualifications before joining SEAT. The syllabus now becomes broader: 1,700 work-hours are
included in one of the company’s production plants, whereas to date 600 hours had been
devoted to practical work in workshops. Productive practical work is also introduced in
the training centre itself in order to respond to the needs of some company technical
departments, allowing students to put their theoretical knowledge to practical use.
Also, first-year students will be provided with 160 hours of hands-on in-factory
training in July, to which a total number of 200 hours for English language training will
be added in the second and third years, as well as the continuous specialised training
offered to those workers already on the SEAT workforce. Each apprentice will also have a
personal tutor for the duration of the apprenticeship.
For the current academic year 2012-2013, SEAT will have an intake of 61 new first-year
student apprentices, chosen from a record number of 400 applicants for the centre. As has
been the case to date, once the apprentices have successfully concluded their three-year
course of study, they will be entitled to join SEAT on a long-term contract. Thanks to the
new contractual relationship provided by dual training, the students’ links and
identification with the company will be strengthened, while at the same time increasing
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