Vocational training

Almost half of Spanish vocational training graduates go on to higher education, data shows

47% of students graduating from intermediate vocational training in the last academic year (2019/2020) started studying for a higher degree program the following year, indicating uninterrupted study programs.

According to statistics on the post-school follow-up of graduates in vocational training, the proportion of students who pursue studies for a higher degree increases by 7.5% in two main streams, reaching the levels of 2017-2018, when this figure was 39.5%, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

The majority of these students pursue higher education programs in the same or a similar field, such as image and sound (93.1% pursue a higher degree in the same family); Socio-cultural and communication services (93.1%) and Agrarian services (90.4%).

According to basic VET students, 65.2 percent of graduates go on to study and enroll mainly in an intermediate bachelor’s degree (62.9 percent). About 1.2% study the Baccalaureate, 1% other courses and 0.1% another Basic Vocational Training program.

The fields in which most basic VET graduates go on to study are:

  • 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%)

On the other hand, 34% of students who graduate from a graduate program do so at the same university, and another 10.1% attend another university, 2.1% pursue other studies, 0.9% at the intermediate level and 0.1% at the baccalaureate.

The average age of intermediate level students is under 20 (68.3%), while 36.6% of higher education graduates under 22 begin their studies at universities.

“On the other hand, students graduating from the Dual Modality Middle Vocational Training, 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,” explains the press release issued by the Ministry of Education.

According to the same, 57.5% of the graduates of this program who enrolled in the 2019/2020 academic year remain students even the following academic year, which is 6% more than the students of the non-dual modality.

According to the employment rate, the most employed vocational training graduates are mining, mechanical manufacturing, transport and vehicle maintenance, and health.