University of Málaga runs a new vocational course for students with special needs

The Vice-Rectorate for Students and Sport of the University of Málaga (Spain) has introduced a specialised vocational course, “Auxiliary technician in cultural environments”, focused on job training for young people with special educational needs, so that they can take on different roles within cultural organisations.

This degree is a project included within the university training programmes for the employment of young people with special educational needs, within the framework of the ONCE Foundation’s call for grants. The initiative has the financial support of the European Social Fund, through the National Operational Programme on Youth Employment.

The course is structured around specific training modules taught at the university. There are also internships in different museums, and professionals from the world of culture and art help deliver the course. The students receive training in emotional and social skills, reading and writing skills, learning strategies, museology, cultural and artistic heritage, painting, sculpture, photography, comics and educational departments in museums.

This programme has the participation of a number of prominent cultural entities, such as: Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museo de arte Colección Carmen-Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museo Picasso Málaga, Centre Pompidou Málaga, Museo y Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofía and Centro Botín, among others.

In the particular case of the city of Málaga, this course takes on special interest as it is delivered in the context of one of the Spanish cities with the greatest promotion of culture and the arts, and with an extensive network of museums. The collaboration of Málaga City Council in the development of the porgramme is of great importance as our students can develop their professional practice in the Museo Casa Natal Picasso, Russian Museum Collection and Centre Pompidou, as well as receive teaching from the educational departments of these centres.

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