'Training as a tool for the days following the crisis'

Given the economic crisis we are going through, the role of training is a key element. IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra has organised several activities to discuss and debate the best way to use training as a key tool for gaining a better position in the future. These activities, some already done and other still pending, have been organised jointly by human resource directors and training directors from companies which collaborate with our institution.

Of particular note is the meeting held on 28th April, organised with the collaboration of Infojobs and Universitat Pompeu Fabra\'s Social Council, entitled ?Training as a tool for the days following the crisis?. Two important talks are those by Martí Parellada, professor of economics from Barcelona University as well as co-ordinator of the CYD Foundation\'s General Report, and by José García-Montalvo, professor and director of UPF\'s Department of Economics and Business. In addition to these talks there is a debate with human resources directors and executives from different companies and institutions, during which experts from the world of business and teaching give their opinions about the current situation and the opportunity offered by training in order to remain competitive.

The percentage of entrepreneurs against the total population has dropped significantly since the late 70s. In this same period the percentage of university students against the population has grown significantly. This data, provided by the Professor García-Montalvo, proves the fact that, in general, young university graduates have an enormous aversion towards becoming entrepreneurs. It seems, therefore, that the education system, in particular at university level, has a negative influence on their desire to enter the business world.

Despite this, the UPF professor states that the higher the level of education, the greater the ability of the individual to take on the risks of business activity. Therefore, although evidence seems to indicate that higher studies and the entrepreneurial spirit have a negative relationship, this does not mean that they cancel each other out. In fact, according to José García-Montalvo, these two binomials should be complementary. In order to achieve this, he recommends opting for an innovative education which involves graduates in alternating between creativity and risk-taking.

IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra is, without a doubt, a prime mover in the field of education and it applies principles of innovation, quality and excellence which characterise Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In the present climate, IDEC advocates training as the way to convert threats into opportunities and so be better prepared for the days following the crisis.