Valencia – 31.05.21. This morning, the 19 students selected to take part in the 1st edition of the Port Immersion Dual Vocational Training programme, a pioneering initiative in the sector led by Fundación Valenciaport and the Generalitat Valenciana with the support of the Port Authority of Valencia and the Propeller Valencia association, began their on-site classes at the Port of Valencia.
The students, from the higher degrees in International Trade and Transport and Logistics at the Luis Suñer Sanchís, Pere Boïl, Ausiàs March and Abastos training centres, will be trained to work as managers of transport companies, as well as freight forwarders and shipping agents.
Specifically, this year they will receive 100 hours of theoretical training, 25 of which will be related to the port, its regulatory framework, infrastructures, connectivity, port community, and innovation and the remaining 75 will focus on the flow of documents linked to export and import operations, focusing on the Valencian productive sectors. Once this theoretical training has been completed, the students will carry out 200 hours of work experience in different companies in the sector, including IFS, Logitren Ferroviaria, MPG, Vitrans Group, Cosco Shipping Lines, Logística Chema Ballester, MSC, Tiba Spain, Transportes Remedios Torres, Valencia Container Depot Logística and Cade Logística.
Next year, the students will receive another 100 hours of theory, this time linked to a simulated business environment in which they will work on real export and import cases together with students from other ports in the southern Mediterranean. In addition, they will carry out a further 600 hours of work experience – in the same companies in the sector – 400 of which will be paid by means of a grant.
The main objective of this training is for the students to be familiar with the most common operations in companies in the logistics-port community and to be able to carry out their work effectively and efficiently, thus favouring their subsequent incorporation into the labour market.
Modification of the VT of International Trade
Last 24th May, the Department of Education, Culture and Sport published in the DOGV the revision of the curriculum of the International Trade Training Cycle with the Specialisation in Port Trade.
This revision, which was suggested by Fundación Valenciaport, is part of the procedure for the revision of qualifications, which is part of the proposal for the modernisation of vocational training launched by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training.
The new approved proposal aims to adapt the training offer to the needs of the companies related to the port cluster, which were detected by Fundación Valenciaport through the different activities and projects in which its training department works.
The modifications included seek to improve language skills in English, digital skills, and port-related skills, as well as the improvement of soft skills through the introduction of active methodologies of Collaborative Learning based on projects (simulation of companies and trade missions).
The IES Pere Boïl de Manises will be the only centre that will implement the adaptation of the Higher Technical Degree in International Trade to the professional profile of Port Trade in the academic year 2021-2022.
At the same time as these updates are being taught in the 2021-2022 academic year, the training team of Fundación Valenciaport and IES Pere Boïl continue to work on the final configuration of the Port Logistics Specialisation Programme that will offer the desired specialisation to achieve maximum employability for a port that generates around 40,000 jobs and needs the best trained resources to maintain its level of competitiveness.