The Andalusian Center for Comprehensive Training of Leisure Industries in the Malaga town of Mijas (IOC Mijas) is already a National Reference Center for Vocational Training linked to the hospitality sector and becomes part of a network integrated in Spain by 38 facilities. Council of Ministers has approved this Tuesday, at the proposal of the Ministry of Education, the creation of this specialized public center. As explained by the Ministry in a statement, with this initiative the Government responds to the need to have a reference center in the Vocational Training system specialized in the hospitality sector, which carries out actions of innovation, experimentation and training. It will serve to detect new professional qualifications, promote collaboration networks with companies, or participate in the evaluation procedures and accreditation of professional skills, among others. The future Organic Law on the Organization and Integration of Vocational Trainingcurrently in parliamentary process, will promote the connection of the national reference centers with the productive fabric of their surroundings. These centers contribute to guaranteeing a quality Training System, according to the qualification needs demanded today, adds the Ministry. The Mijas CIO opened its doors in 2006, but his training activity ended in March 2014 and the operation of the hotel, in October 2015. The complex, located on a plot of more than 30,000 square meters and which has a training building, a student residence and a hotel, as well as kitchens, restaurants, a gym or a swimming pool, remained semi-abandoned until its reopening at the end of 2020, with the aspiration of becoming a national benchmark.

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