SEAT Apprentice School

One talent pool, two generations and six decades of history

Martorell,  21 November 2017

  • Antonio, 55, and Alberto, 20, have common roots in the SEAT Apprentice School 
  • 2,600 professionals have studied at the school in its 60 years of operation
  • This training centre stands out for its Dual Vocational Training programme, which enables combining classroom theory with practical work in the Martorell factory

-SEAT’s talent pool: “Returning to the School is like going back to my roots. I started there when I was only 13”, recalls Antonio Molina during the 60th anniversary of the centre. This executive, who studied Industrial Technical Engineering while working at SEAT, is part of the 11% of the company’s senior managers who graduated from the Apprentice School. Since 1975, 2,600 students have received an education at the centre and nearly every one of those who completed their studies joined the workforce. Alberto, who is in his final year, hopes to follow in his footsteps: “I’d love to get placed in either the Development or Design divisions”.

-With one foot in the factory: According to Antonio Molina, the Dual Vocational Training programme is the significant difference between his and Alberto’s stay at the centre: “30 years ago, the only practical work we did was in the School’s workshop, and today the students can access the factory in their first year”.  Alberto Martínez, who is in his third year specialising in Machining, has just begun his nine month practical work stage at the Prototype Development Centre with a labour contract. “Some mornings I go to class and others to the Martorell factory. I really look forward to the practical work”, he explains.

-A gateway to the workplace: For Antonio, who has seen a lot of young people transition from the School to the factory, with 1,700 hours of practical work “when they finish their studies and begin working, they adapt much more quickly and are familiar with the company because all their training took place here”.

-From studying without cars to practising with robots: “Although it may sound contradictory, in the mid 70s there wasn’t a single car in the workshop because they trained us in facility maintenance. There were copper cables, rulers and squares everywhere”, recalls Antonio as he walks around the centre with Alberto. Today the students have access to new technologies as an extra training tool. “The School has evolved with the needs of the car industry and has been able to adapt”, concludes the veteran Antonio. 

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