Gregorio Benítez – Training Coordinator of Work Centres and in charge of the Relations' Department with businesses of CIFP Majada Marcial

“In Professional Training we concentrate on the specialisation in each chosen occupation”

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WHO'S WHO IN THE ISLANDThe CIFP Majada Marcial is an Integrated Centre of Professional Training, a new institution that was created within the Education and Universities' Council of the Canarian Government. It is the reference Centre for Professional Training on the island.

The preregistration period starts on 5th April and ends on 25th April, which will be followed by open days and we organised a meeting with the training coordinator in work centres and in charge of the relations' department with businesses, Gregorio Benítez, so that he could explain what those open days consist of and who they are aimed at.

Tell us please...

During those open days, we invite all the students who have completed their ESO and A Levels studies to come and check out our premises so that they can discover our training offer and be guided for their preregistration in the various Professional Training disciplines available in this centre, medium and higher level cycles.

Visiting hours are set up and are communicated to all the centres of Secondary Education on the Island.

Do they have to be invited or can student come personally or with their families?

Anyone can come, these are open days, although we only extend invitations to the education centres and businesses that collaborate with the centre for the FCT.

What are the requirements for the pre-registration?

Students must have obtained their diploma of ESO or A Levels or any equivalent diploma and provide the corresponding certificate. We inform them of the different professional training cycles they can pre-register for. On our website, www.cifpmajadamarcial.com, all the information concerning the requirements is available, as well as additional information. We also need to point out that people who don't have the required diplomas can prepare the access exam, for both the medium and higher grade cycles.

How many training branches are available at the centre?

There are 10 different branches that are Health and safety, Electricity and electronics, Transport and vehicle maintenance, Commerce and marketing, Administration and management, Sociocultural services and services to the community, Installation and maintenance, Energy and water, Personal image and IT and communications and for all those branches, medium and higher cycles are available.

It is also possible to finish the medium grade cycle and continue with the higher grades cycle. How long do those courses last? The cycles, both medium and higher, last 2.000 hours, that consists of two terms. 1.400 take place within the centre and the remaining hours correspond to the FCT module (training course in businesses), from March to June during the second year.

With those cycles, students obtain a diploma of medium or higher grade in the chosen speciality. This diploma prepares them for the working world or to continue with their studies, of superior or university level.

Can this diploma help to validate some credits for university?

Yes, they do, when the superior grade is completed and students access to university. Is there a cost for this training? No, it is free education. Students only need to pay for a minimum type of insurance and registration fee that amounts to about 8 Euros. Can any resident on the island apply, whatever their nationality? Yes, of course, as long as they can present the required homologated diplomas.

What are the courses' schedules?

The morning courses go from 8 am until 2 pm and the afternoon-night courses go from 5 pm until 11:30 pm. We also offer semi-one-site classes that are very interesting for people who work. For this course, students have to attend one day a week from 7 pm until 11:30 pm, plus another voluntary course, for private lessons and solve any doubts. Why are we talking about preregistrations? Is there a pre-selection before the final registration? Yes, once all the registrations are in, the Council creates a scale because spaces are limited. www.cifpmajadamarcial.com

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