CATALONIA: TWIN VILLAGES to get inspired
Updated: May 3, 2022
The first Thermalism and Wellness VET studies in Catalonia were implemented at the VET centre Manolo Hugue, located in the ancient thermal city of Caldes de Montbui. The design of the studies was inspired by their twin thermal village Saint-Paul-lès -Dax.
Institut du Thermalism Saint-Paul-lès-dax
INSTITUT MANOLO HUGUÉ
DEPARTAMENT D'EDUCACIÓ / GENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA
What problem or issue has the innovative practice aimed to tackle?
The region where Caldes de Montbui is located, has several natural thermal baths as well as spas. The city council, together with the Catalan thermal sector association and the secondary school Manolo Hugue, proposed the implementation of the Thermalism and Wellness VET studies to the Catalan Regional Ministry of Education.
The implementation of these studies was aimed to tackle the lack of specific studies related to the thermal sector in the region.
Caldes de Montbui and Saint-Paul-lès -Dax have been twin villages since 2014. This relationship has led to several student and teacher exchanges as well as institutional visits from both villages.
2016 - 2017 Exchange between students and teachers of Institut Manolo Hugue Caldes de Montbui and College Saint Moulin Saint-Paul-lès-Dax
In April 2019, stakeholders from Caldes de Montbui visited the twin village of Saint-Paul-lès -Dax where the Institute of Thermalism was created in 2000 to teach thermalism studies and the thermal agent degree.
Institut du Thermalisme Saint-Paul-lès-dax
What have been the achievements?
The implementation of the first public Thermalism and Wellness VET studies in Catalonia.
Thermalism and Wellness VET studies poster (academic year 2020-2021)
Who was involved and how?
Implementing Thermalism and Wellness VET studies
Organising the twin village partnership with the Saint-Paul-lès-Dax City Council.
Identifying new labour market needs in the sector to help develop programmes to teach the necessary technical skills for the job.
Designing and implementing Thermalism and Wellness VET studies