47% of Spanish students who graduated from intermediate vocational training in the 2019/20 academic year went on to higher education, according to statistics on post-school monitoring of vocational training graduates, published by the Spanish Ministry of Education. education and vocational training.
A press release issued by the ministry notes that the number of graduates who decided to pursue higher education increased by 7.5% in 2019/20, compared to the 2017/18 academic year when the proportion of students enrolled in higher education was 39.5%. Erudera.com reports.
The figures indicate that the majority of students pursue studies in image and sound (93.1%), socio-cultural and communication services (93.1%) and agrarian (90.4%).
The data further shows that 51.8% of middle school graduates go on to further education.
According to Basic Vocational Education and Training (VET), 65.2% of graduates go on to study and most enroll in an intermediate bachelor’s degree (62.9%).
1.2% study a baccalaureate, 1% pursue other degrees, while 0.1% enroll in another cycle of basic vocational training.
The largest percentage of students graduating from basic VET go on to study the following areas:
- Graphic arts (70.4%)
- Electricity and electronics (69.9%)
- Vehicle transportation and maintenance (68.9%)
- Administration and management (68.7%)
- Computers and communications (67.7%)
Of those who obtain a higher education degree, 34% continue their education, 20.9% do so at university, 10.1% in another higher education degree, 2.1% in other studies, 0 .9% at the intermediate level and 0.1% at the baccalaureate.
After graduation, 68.3% of people under 20 go on to another higher level course, while 36.6% under 22 enroll in university.
“On the other hand, students graduating from Middle Vocational Training in the dual modality, which combines face-to-face teaching and in-company training and which the new legislation plans to generalize, have a greater tendency to continue their studies. It also has a higher professional integration rate and sometimes combines work and studies,” the reads the ministry’s press release.
The source notes that 50.6% of higher vocational education graduates find employment, while 60.3% work after three years.
The majority of students find employment in mechanical manufacturing, 73.1% one year after graduation, while 75.3% after three years.
Other areas where a number of students have found employment include:
- Installation and maintenance – 68.5% and 76% each
- Information Technology and Communications – 63.1% and 75.4%
- Chemistry – 62.4% and 69.2%
Last year, a new vocational training law was approved. The law, according to the government, has two levels of intensity: the general modality which provides that students spend 25 or 35% of their time in company training as well as the intensive modality where more than 35% of the time must be spent in company. .
During the period of in-company training, students must contribute to Social Security.