Today, the Councillor for Education and Young People of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ossorio, and the managing director of the Naturgy Foundation, María Eugenia Coronado, signed a collaboration agreement to update the contents of the vocational training curriculum regarding energy, thereby improving the employability of future energy sector professionals.
The Naturgy Foundation will work with Madrid’s ministry to incorporate up-to-date technical knowledge required by the sector into training courses on vehicular natural gas, renewable gas, sustainable rehabilitation and construction and energy vulnerability.
Ossorio explained that “thanks to this initiative, we will be able to improve the training of young people that want to build a career in the energy sector, giving them more and improved resources to gain a quality education that is adapted to the reality of the job market and will help them find employment”.
For Conrado, the importance of this agreement lies in the connection between the worlds of education and business. “Our aim is to share our knowledge and experience to prepare future professionals to enter the job market, and for them to contribute more value to sector companies,” explained the managing director of the Naturgy Foundation.
In addition to transferring knowledge on energy innovation, the Naturgy Foundation will train teachers and donate technical educational resources to the ministry’s centres for use as practical teaching materials when training students.
With the signing of this agreement, the energy company’s foundation strengthens its collaboration with the Ministry for Education and Young People related to the dissemination and promotion of STEM professions. A vehicular natural gas (VNG) programme was already implemented during the 2019-2020 academic year, which will certify its first students with a special mention of their knowledge on VNG mechanics.
The foundation and the ministry also work together on Plan STEMadrid, which encourages students in Madrid to study scientific and technological disciplines. They also join forces on the Naturgy Foundation’s Efigy Education programme to develop knowledge on efficiency, energy transition and the circular economy in Madrid schools.