the VET/HRD research topics currently tackled in Spain we find the development
of human resources, considered a productive resource and a basic pillar
for attaining equal opportunities. Thus, some of the projects are dedicated
to developing training plans for the heads of human resources in SME for
the implementation of procedures and policies to manage talent, and human
resources audit programmes within the health sector.
attention has been paid to the operation and quality of the education system
in its different stages, thus, for example, a project was carried out on
basic and occupational individualised training within the rural sector,
the training of teachers in the area of school absenteeism amongst adolescents.
However, and in particular within the context of a reform of the Spanish
vocational training system, attention has been given to continuous training
as the key to improving human capital, because it offers employed persons
new knowledge and useful skills for their current and future employment,
and for unemployed persons it increases their probability of rejoining
the labour market. Thus, the following projects have been carried out:
on the sectoral structure of vocational training for employed and unemployed
persons, on quality standards and indicators of continuous training in
European evaluations, continuous vocational training in SME and for craftsmen.
On the other hand, and in accordance with policy regarding vocational training
for employment that favours lifelong learning, the employability of unemployed
persons and the accreditation of professional competencies acquired by
employees, both through training processes (formal and non-formal) as well
as through professional experience, projects are being developed for the
recognition and validation of technological competencies within the chemical
sector, or continuous vocational training models for the acquisition and
recognition of cross-sectoral competencies in eWork.
issue that has been considered of maximum importance during the last few
years is the study of lifelong learning, on subjects related to the Information
Society, that is, studies and projects dedicated to tools, portals and
virtual learning programmes of different occupations, some of them traditional,
like the local police, funeral technicians, employees working in the furniture
industry, other novelties such as local agents in technological dynamisation,
workplace accident prevention and safety agents and even more generic projects
such as training in skills for the knowledge society or training methodologies
for SME based on free open source software (Free Open Source Software).