Innovative talent in Vocational Training

Fundación Repsol closes the pilot programme VT Energy, an initiative that supports social innovation projects developed by students and graduates of Vocational Training programmes. The programme is supported by Tknika (Centre of Applied Research and Innovation for Vocational Training in the Basque Country) and the City Hall of Madrid.
The vocational training graduates behind DISCAPP, one of the projects supported by Fundación Repsol's VT Energy programme.

Six teams of students and graduates of Vocational Training programmes who participated in Fundación Repsol's program VT Energy  presented their projects after receiving backing from the Fundación for 12 months.

The presentation took place in Muñatones Palace, and closed the Energy VT program, energy innovation applied to Vocational Training, a Fundación Repsol initiative developed with the support of Tknika (Centre of Research and Applied Innovation for Vocational Training in the Basque Country) and the Ayuntamiento de Madrid to promote social innovation and entrepreneurship in Vocational Training. Emiliano López Atxurra, Petronor president; Ignacio Egea, vice-chair of Fundación Repsol; and Iñaki Mújica, director of Tknika participated in the event.

Thanks to this initiative launched in March 2014, the teams received 12 000 euros in financial support to develop their projects. They also had the support of expert tutors, six teachers from vocational training centres, and 12 tutors specialised in technological development and innovation, all Repsol volunteers.

The six projects that participated in this experience were:

  • With energy, “I’m cool,”a hardware-software energy system for the energy optimisation of buildings (IES Virgen de la Paloma school, Madrid).
  • DISCAPP, a mobile app to find parking spots for people with limited mobility (CIFP Repélega school, Portugalete).
  • EFIROUTE, efficiency and savings on supply routes (CIFP Repélega school, Portugalete).
  • GAIZ, a portable and independent water purification system (IES Virgen de la Paloma school, Madrid).
  • GRAFILT, graphene filters to purify or desalinate water (CIFP San Jorge school, Santurtzi).
  • TAPI, a remote assistance bracelet for unconscious people with an emergency alarm (CIFP Usurbil school, Zubieta).

To develop these initiatives, each of the vocational training centres played a fundamental role, CIFP Repélega, CIFP Usúrbil, CIFP San Jorge, and IES la Paloma. They received 12 000 euros in financial support for each project chosen so they could procure the materials and facilities they might need.

During the year, two training sessions were held where participants could meet with their tutors and receive training on business management topics.

This initiative is part of Fundación Repsol's commitment to talent and entrepreneurship, investing in vocational training as a key educational option to develop the production system and employability. Innovation in this area and the role that vocational training centres play as technological development centres should be encouraged.

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