Pacte Industrial is committed to public-private collaboration to build local professional training ecosystems


With support from “la Caixa” Foundation and CaixaBank Dualitza, Pacte Industrial of the Barcelona Metropolitan Region has organised a Professional Training working day to analyse the importance of public-private collaboration and cooperation among the region’s agents for achieving sustainable economic development. The aim of the day, which took place on 13 June at the CaixaForum Macaya, was to display an X-ray of the current situation of VT and to analyse what the future professional profiles and vocational training will be like, based on recent reports and contributions made by several experts.

Oriol Homs, sociologist, has presented the study prepared by CaixaBank Dualitza in collaboration with the CEOE Foundation on the changes in professional profiles and Professional Training needs in Spain. According to Homs, this study envisages a future marked by the evolution of current professions rather than the emergence of new professions, where the productive model changes people’s relationship with work through the impact of digitisation in the organisation of this same work. The sociologist has emphasised that this impact will be characterised by the arrival of hybrid profiles, with broader generic knowledge, more specialisation, greater capacity to manage specialised information and greater responsibility when making decisions.

Ricard Guillem, CaixaBank Dualitza’s territorial coordinator for Catalonia, Valencian Community, Murcia and the Balearic Islands, has recalled the importance of being a step ahead of all these professional needs through training, for which the work of the public administration but also that of entities such as CaixaBank Dualitza, which collaborate in the promotion of VT, is of the essence. This public-private collaboration is the basis not only for professional improvement but for being able to reach a greater number of people.

The sessions was opened by M. Rosa Fiol, president of the Training Commission of the Industrial Pact and representative of Foment del Treball, and Patricia Trillo, director of the Institutions Centre of the Territorial Management of CaixaBank in Barcelona. For her part, M. Rosa Fiol highlighted that, since its inception, the Pacte Industrial has contributed to the promotion of professional training in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona, as well as to the alignment of the production system, the training system and the metropolitan area.

Carles Rivera, Managing Director of the Pacte Industrial, has emphasised the usefulness of the contributions made by the experts and the reports presented, as they facilitate the approximation of the positions of very diverse actors and contribute to forming a shared vision on professional training.

L-R: Josep Francí, Montse Blanes, Natalia Ortega, Pere Gabern, Neus Pons, Rebeca Marín and Oriol Homs.

The day ended with a debate involving Pere Gabern, director of Education and Sports services at Granollers City CouncilNatalia Ortega, general secretary of the Centre for Metallurgical Studies and Advice (CEAM)Neus Pons, director and manager of the BCN Professional Training FoundationMontse Blanes, director of the Bonanova InstituteRebeca Marín, director of People and Organisation of Aigües de Barcelona, and Josep Francí, EYSKILLS consultant and associate expert of the Jaume Bofill Foundation.

All the participants agreed that public-private collaboration and cooperation between the different agents involved in professional training is a key element to promote the development of the region, companies and people. Some noteworthy ideas of the participants focused on the need to build local ecosystems of training and work revolving around professional training centres, build relationships between companies and training centres to respond in sufficient time to the qualification needs of companies, spread good cooperation practices facilitated by councils, promote a cultural change in favour of professional training, and rely on the contributions that business organisations can make in an ecosystem made up basically of SMEs.


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