The Bages training has helped to give the region a highly skilled and qualified workforce. However, it is also an exceptional mechanism for the continuous training, retraining and worker specialisation of all profiles, from trainees to senior management.
The Engineering School of Manresa (EPSEM), registered in the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, has specialised in engineering directly related to the regions industry and mining. In turn, the University Foundation of Bages has focussed on health sciences, in front of the emergency health and social services and the studies of Economics and Business, to meet the high demand for experts in business management and senior managers.
The University Campus of Manresa has a support centre for the Open University of Catalonia, one of the worldwide leaders in university education through new technologies. Bages also has a Catering College (Joviat), University Hospital (Fundació Althaia) and different vocational training centres where dozens of highly qualified trainees leave every year.
The most important bet on the preparation of trainees and specialists has been la Fundació Lacetània, that, through a dozen schools (including the Lacetània Institute, precursor), the Chamber of Commerce of Manresa and the Metallurgical Employers of Bages, promote professional, occupational and continuous training. In addition to managing internships and encouraging the connection between the studies and the companies, in 2000 the Practical Training Centre (CFP) was launched where students (young people or those doing continuous training) could put into practice their knowledge with the same teams that are found in the industry.
Everyday more professionals leave Bages prepared to go out into the world, thanks to their good training but also the importance of increasing the knowledge of languages in educational institutions. The Official School of Languages, the Bages University Foundation and a number of private academies have extensive experience in language training, in parallel with a good supply of Catalan and Spanish languages for people coming from abroad..