Naturgy Foundation, part of Naturgy Energy Group S.A., and Regional Education Council of Castilla-La Mancha (C-LM) are together promoting updates to ‘dual’ vocational training in the region to the south and east of Madrid. Content will expand to include natural gas vehicle technologies and associated services.
Dual vocational training, or “dual VET”, is understood as alternating training periods in an education institution and the workplace, a system introduced in Spain in 2012.
The power company’s foundation is set to provide teaching material and training for teaching staff, while the regional council will promote training courses from the professional category of Transport and Vehicle Maintenance at the centres where these are available.
EFA Moratalaz and Scania are the two companies partnering with the foundation to launch this project, with the aim of improving employability by offering new professional career opportunities.
The Councillor for Education, Culture and Sport of the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha, Ángel Felpeto, and the General Manager of the Naturgy Foundation, Martí Solà, signed the partnership agreement on updating Vocational Training syllabuses on the training courses included under the professional category of Transport and Vehicle Maintenance.
This agreement will make it easier to include content on the maintenance of vehicles powered by natural gas and will enable further efforts to be made on the dual education aspects of these training courses.
Ángel Felpeto highlighted the importance of reaching strategic agreements in this regard, “which not only position our region as a leader in the use and development of more sustainable energies but also help train our students in technologies that form part of the current regional and national productive system”.
“Under this agreement, we are going to introduce training on a sustainable technology like vehicular natural gas, which will provide the sector with highly qualified professionals who have been very difficult to find in the labour market until now”, said Martí Solà.
Vocational Training, either via the dual method or the conventional non-remunerated internship method, involves training projects in partnership with companies and allows high-quality training to be provided between the school and the company focused on the personalised development of professional qualifications. The final goal is to guarantee an excellent level of employability and student satisfaction at the end of the course.
VNG, a sustainable technology
Vehicular natural gas (VNG) is a modern and efficient technology that is making a major contribution to improving air quality. It is a sustainable fuel that reduces nitrous oxide emissions by more than 85% and suspended particulates by 95%, the main causes of urban pollution. It also cuts CO2 emissions (the main greenhouse gas) by up to 30%, thereby contributing to the fight against climate change.
Natural gas engines also produce up to 50% less noise and vibration pollution than diesel-type engines and save between 25-50% on fuel when compared with a conventional vehicle running on liquid fuels such as petrol or diesel.
From an economic point of view, natural gas is a highly competitive fuel, up to 50% cheaper than petrol and 30% cheaper than diesel. For example, 20 euros-worth of natural gas is enough to travel from Madrid to Barcelona. This is almost twice the distance a car running on petrol could travel.
Naturgy is a member of NGVA Europe.