The investment in Education proposed in the General State Budgets for next year is committed to equal opportunities and equity in the educational system, the promotion of digitization and Vocational Training, in whose transformation it has been immersed in the Government since 2018. Thus it They have explained today, in the Commission of the Congress of Deputies, the Undersecretary of Education and FP, Fernando Gurrea, the Secretary of State for Education, Alejandro Tiana, and the Secretary General of Vocational Training, Clara Sanz.
In total, the accounts for next year foresee an investment of 6,036 million euros for the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MEFP), 339 million more than in 2021. Of these, 4,383 million correspond to the national budget, which rises by 14 %, and 1,653 million from the European Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Mechanism.
“After the effort we made in the past year to face the needs derived from the pandemic, the 2022 budget will allow us to undertake new actions aimed at improving the educational system,” said the Secretary of State for Education.
The items related to the reinforcement of equity in the education system have a total investment of 2,684.82 million euros. Among them, scholarships and study aid stand out, with a record investment of 2,150 million euros (44% more than in 2017), which will allow reaching close to a million students.
In addition, the improvement of results and the prevention of early school leaving will have an investment of 159 million euros distributed in various programs such as PROA + or the creation of support units.
334 million euros will be allocated to expanding the coverage of the first cycle of early childhood education from 0 to 3.
Regarding the digital transformation of education, within the National Plan for Digital Competences, 350 million will be invested mainly aimed at teacher training to improve digital competence.
This “budgetary effort,” explained Tiana, “will mean reaching the goal of providing a better, more inclusive and equitable education for our children, adolescents and young people.”
Finally, 180.5 million euros will be allocated to the educational management of the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, which will allow maintaining the reinforcement of the teaching staff of more than 300 teachers to reduce the ratios, to which 6.28 million from the Recovery Mechanism. The Foreign Educational Action will receive 125 million and 50 million will be invested in aid for textbooks.
Consolidate the transformation of Vocational Training
For her part, the General Secretary for Vocational Training of the MEFP, Clara Sanz, has explained the items referring to this matter whose total budget amounts to 2,288.36 million euros for 2022, which represents an increase of more than 660 million euros with respect to the previous year.
Among them, 275.4 million will go to consolidated VET programs of the educational system , another 872 million euros will be dedicated to the implementation of the Modernization Plan for Vocational Training linked to the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Mechanism, and 1,151.3 million will be for Vocational Training for Employment. “There is no transformation of the economy, nor adaptation to the challenges of the ecological transition and the digital transformation of the productive sectors, if we do not have well-qualified young, employed and unemployed people,” Sanz stressed.
Within the framework of the Modernization Plan, the MEFP will dedicate 298.4 million to the accreditation of professional skills, 139.8 million will be allocated to training workers in reskilling and upskilling skills, another 94.66 million will be for the creation of almost 50,500 new VET places and 100 million will be directed to the creation and conversion of vocational training cycles into bilinguals. In addition, 75 million will be used for the implementation of a network of centers of excellence in Vocational Training with at least fifty, among other actions.
Regarding the financing allocated to Vocational Training for Employment, 724.2 million will be used to design the training offer aimed at the unemployed, and 254.4 million for the employed. “With these budgets we want to modernize Vocational Training, making it a backbone of growth that has the stability that consolidates it as something natural to initial training and professional performance throughout life”, concluded the Secretary General.
These budgets, together with the future Organic Law for the Organization and Integration of Vocational Training, will serve to create and consolidate a stable, flexible, accessible and future-oriented professional training model.