More than 30 students, ages 16 to 19, from five European countries, are meeting in Bilbao from today until Thursday, February 27th, to participate in the Junior Automotive Apprenticeship Advisory Board (#JA3B). These conferences, promoted by Gestamp and with the collaboration of the University of Mondragon, IVAC (Basque Institute for Knowledge on Vocational Training) and AIC (Automotive Intelligence Center), are part of the European project Drives (Development and Research on Innovative Vocational Educational Skills).
The aim of #JA3B is to bring these young people closer to the present of the automotive sector and to generate debate about its future, which undoubtedly involves innovation and training, and of which they are the main value.
The #JA3B is set out as a space that brings the worlds of education, the Academia, and business closer together. Through debate and brilliant ideas, opportunities and needs for redesigning academic programs and reskilling today's students to become the pillars of tomorrow's industry are identified.
The key to the event is that they are the ones who will be the main characters, those who are living education first-hand today, and who will be in the automotive companies in a not too distant future.
The #JA3B is being held at the Gestamp Technology Institute - GTI, Gestamp’s Corporate University on-site training center for technological specialization and development of professional and leadership skills located in Boroa, Biscay.
Young people from Portugal, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Spain will have the opportunity to get to know the entire automotive value chain. The #JA3B agenda is very complete: a tour to a manufacturer's assembly production plant, a visit to Gestamp Bizkaia stamping factory and a walk through Gestamp’s Boroa RnD center, among other activities.