J. Delgado-Adamez1, M.V. Gil2, M.S. Delgado3, M.E. Bote1

2University of Extremadura (SPAIN)
3Taller de los sueƱos (SPAIN)
Spain is implementing Vocational Education and Training (VET), based on the principle of dual education. This means that the apprentices combine one part of their education and training at a vocational school and another part in an authentic company. VET, promotes student learning through active participation in real industrial work. Thereby, the principle of dual education within VET is known worldwide for its ability to provide to labour market with highly qualified workers which are able to adjust to new and changing conditions and to new technology applications.

The study was conducted with a questionnaire as a tool for information gathering. 76 students were enrolled in the study (n=50 ofTraditional pattern VET, and n=26 of Dual system VET) and two key dimensions (valuation of acquired abilities and degree of satisfaction, and utility of practical dual VET for the industry) were evaluated. The first dimension was evaluated in a 1 to 10 scale (being 10 the maximum level of satisfaction) comparing the results between traditional pattern VET and Dual system VET students; and the second one was rated on a five point Likert scale (1 poor to 5 excellent). The level of studies of the students and its results have also been taken into account in order to evaluate the results and conclusions of the present study.

Data analysis showed a high degree of satisfaction among the Dual system VET participating students. With respect to the first dimension in Dual system VET, student groups highlight their abilities, knowledge and development of activities, and skills related to the profession. This fact also influences the satisfaction of the students and their confidence in their professional capacities. This is also highlighted in the second dimension, were the Dual system VET student valuated the additional benefits of training in companies.

The study shows that dual education has improved practical knowledge of students and therefore their confidence in their professional skills, so that it could influence into a better transition from being apprentice to becoming a trained employee.