Monday, October 18

43% of the students who applied to take distance vocational training in Madrid are left without a place

43% of the applications to take distance vocational training in Madrid have been left without a place, CCOO denounced this Friday, which points out that exactly the same thing happened with the distance modality as with the face-to-face modality. The worst part is taken by students who opted for degrees of high demand, such as those of the sanitary type, since the percentage of applications rejected or that have been on the waiting list exceeds 80%

According to the schooling data of 100% of the centers that teach distance vocational training, indicates the note distributed by the union, 9% (271) of the applications for Middle Grade distance learning have been rejected and 45% (1,416) remain on the waiting list. Regarding Higher Grade, 13% (890) of the applications have been rejected and 26% (1,845) are still on the waiting list. In total, 4,422 young people have been left without a place.

“The conclusion is clear and devastating: the public offer of distance vocational training only covers a little more than half of the needs of students in the Community of Madrid. In other words, 43% more educational offer would be needed to give way to all requests, “concludes CCOO.

To all this, we should add the high number of young people who were left without a place in face-to-face vocational training, which reached a total of 25,000 students.

“After collecting the data from 100% of the centers that teach distance vocational training, we have a complete X-ray of public vocational training in the Community of Madrid and the deficiencies created by successive governments that are enemies of public education”, assures Isabel Galvín, general secretary of the CCOO Madrid Teaching Federation. “The total number is an absolute tragedy: 29,336 young people have been left without being able to study FP”.

The union official warns that “the government of Díaz Ayuso wants to end public professional vocational training” and considers that it will come out of the pandemic “giving even fewer opportunities to young people who want to study health.” According to the union’s calculations, the percentage of those excluded from health studies exceeds 80% in some cases. In Health Emergencies, for example, 89% of students are left without a place, in Health Documentation and Administration 80% are rejected and the same happens with Auxiliary Nursing Care.

For Galvín it does not make sense that after years trying to promote vocational training, the Ayuso government “is unable to offer the necessary public places.” CCOO compares how 18,000 new places have been created in the Valencian Community in the last decade while in Madrid 22% of their places have been lost.

The Council of Ministers approved a new VET law at the beginning of September with which it intends to change the entire educational and labor sector in the country, but the lack of public offers in communities such as Madrid and Catalonia has hampered its implementation.

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