D. Freire-Obregón, L. Pérez Martín

Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (SPAIN)
The Distance Learning Structure (known as “Estructura de Teleformación” in spanish) of the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) is the response of our university to the blended-learning paradigm. Within the framework of this type of education, the proposal of ULPGC aims to provide a policy of quality and excellence in order to overcome the problems inherent in the region's insularity. Currently six different degrees are taught with this method, among which stands out the degree in Safety and Risk Control.

The degree in Safety and Risk Control is an innovative title that deals with new needs of the labor market in the matter of security. This degree consists of four academic years. The last one includes a subject that addresses the introduction of the student into the labour market. It is a final year subject that shows the students the importance and relevance of the knowledge acquired through the degree.

The subject known as Practicum consists of 22 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). In this subject, our students have to prove in a real work-environment they have mastered the skills acquired. Several public and private security entities collaborate with us in order to provide this experience. By completing a set of shifts in the assigned organization, our student can complete the internship. However, it is not an easy task: adaptation to the work environment, a proactive attitude or a selective self-organization is extremely important in order to accomplish the objectives.

This paper shows how introducing our students into the labour market helps consolidate all the knowledge acquired through the degree. The success of this approach is shown through cooperative work, relocation of the learning environment, and the motivation to steer education towards the labour market.