29 nov 2017
Education matters

CEOE presented in Parliament the "White Book on Education"

CEOE presented today in Parliament the book "Education matters. White Paper by Spanish entrepreneurs". A publication that, according to the president of the Commission on Education and Knowledge Management at CEOE, Jesus Nunez, states entrepreneurs’ strategic commitment with education and training in our country, as a privileged way to achieve more and better employment, sustainable economic growth and greater social cohesion.

CEOE presented in Parliament the White Book on Education
CEOE presented in Parliament the White Book on Education — ©CEOE

Teófila Martínez Sáiz, president of the Education and Sports Committee in Congress, Josep Sánchez Llibre, Head of Relations with Courts at CEOE and Jordi García Viña, Director of Labour Relations at CEOE, as well as spokespersons from the various parliamentary groups in the Education and Sports Commission in Congress also participated in the event.

The book content aims to update the bases of the educational programs to better respond to the needs of the labour market, and of society itself, and to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and the use of technologies. It is a priority to act on the growing gap between the skills required by the rapid changes in the labour market and the skills that workers currently offer. Spain records high levels of unemployment and, at the same time, there is a scarcity of qualifications and skills needed in the labour market. Facilitating the transition from education to employment becomes, therefore, a key element. It is necessary to guarantee training alternatives to avoid school dropouts, promote educational excellence, strengthen dual vocational training models and improve comprehensive professional guidance.

The educational and training system must provide an agile and efficient response to the demand for new professional profiles, and this will necessarily require the participation of employers in the system’s decision-making mechanisms. The book clearly suggests the need for the business world to have a more prominent role in executive governance.