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Best Vocational Training Centres in Barcelona

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Written by Daniella

A vocational training is one of the most popular types of education. It is different from other forms of education, because students acquire knowledge by combining theory with practical training. Many professions require practical experience, and that is why vocational training is much sought after by certain companies.

There are many professional training schools in Barcelona, but today, this article by ShBarcelona will discuss some of the most interesting vocational training centres in each district.

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Ciutat Vella

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The Escola Xavier is located at the Avenida Francesc Cambó, 12, in the district of Ciutat Vella. The Escola Xavier is a Higher Education centre and part of the Javeriana Institute in Barcelona. They have established an educational programme with their Departament d’Ensenyament.

The school is a participative and democratic training centre, it’s an open, non-discriminatory educational facility that is sensitive to the world around it, and it is committed to the integral formation of young people, combining education with humanistic, scientific and professional teaching.

Why choose this school:

  • The school has existed for more than 50 years
  • The school promotes higher education and working life after getting a diploma
  • The school practices Christian values, but still respects each student’s individual freedom


The Escola Ramón y Cajal is located at Calle Roselló 303, in the district of Eixample. With more than 60 years of existence, the professionals at Escola Ramón y Cajal continue to train highly qualified future technicians. Good quality training and the willingness to learn are key factors. The school has highly specialised teachers with relevant working experience, and with their intense training they are at the forefront of education on a daily basis.

Why choose this school:

  • The school is equipped with the latest technologies (such as CAD/CAM), and this is available to students at any time
  • Teachers are passionate about the subjects they teach
  • The school works together with prestigious centres, supervised by the best professionals

Sants Montjuïc

Enfermeria BCN is located at Calle Sants, 63, in the district of Sants-Montjuic. Enfermeria BCN is an innovative school for professionals in the medical field, and it’s a reference in the training of health professionals in Barcelona. It has highly qualified trainers, with more than 20 years of experience in the health and educational sector. Its philosophy is based on optimizing student results, without wasting time and money, and all the while keeping an enthusiastic spirit.

Why choose this school:

  • The school offers necessary tools to obtain optimal results in the shortest time possible
  • The centre is open to people who have not studied for years, and they get excellent results with more than 1,000 active professionals trained at their centre
  • The school’s test preparation has a pass rate of 94%

Les Corts

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CIM Grupo de Formación is located at Carrer de Berlin, 13, in the district of Les Corts, and it originates from CIM Barcelona. Back in 1985 a group of entrepreneurs decided to combine their experiences in the field of training to found the training facility. The school is currently a Centro Homologado by the SOC (Servei d’Ocupació de Catalunya) for teaching Employment Vocational Training.

Why choose this school:

  • The centre has modern facilities and a surface of about 500 m²
  • Classrooms are equipped with the latest technology to offer high quality training
  • The school offers a wide and interesting range of courses and seminars in the areas of Health and Welfare, Veterinary Services and General Health Care

Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

Thuya Formación Profesional is located at Sant Gervasi de Cassoles, 68, in the district of Sant-Gervasi. With over 20 years of experience, they were actually the first to have trained beauticians at the end of the 90s. The training centre then expanded with hairdressing courses and later also make-up courses. Their newest training is image consultancy.

Why choose this school:

  • The school offers a degree in hairdressing, makeup, aesthetics and image consultancy
  • Courses are recognized within the EU and United Kingdom
  • The school has developed some of its own courses, but also teaches intensive courses and specializations

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CIC Centres Formatius is located at Torrent de les Flors, 68-70, in the district of Gracia. CIC – Elisava Ciclos Formativos is an educational centre that is part of the CIC Fundación Cultural. They have been offering vocational training for more than 20 years, and currently the school offers Middle and Higher education in Art and Design, Sports Activities, Computer Science (cyber security), and Technical Sports in Football.

Why choose this school:

  • It has over a thousand graduates and more than 90% of them have found work
  • The school adapts practical training to changing market demands
  • The school collaborates with pioneering companies in each of the sectors


Microfusa Formación is located at Ronda Guinardó, 65, in the district of Horta- Guinardó. They offer many options of Music Production courses. The school has everything from short courses to specialized training programmes, and this will guarantee a good position in the musical world.

Why choose this school:

  • The school offers a Higher Education Music Degree (with specialisations in Sonology for example) or a University Degree for Music Producers
  • Degrees are approved by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
  • The school works together with the Solent University

Nou Barris

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The Institut Tecnològic de Barcelona is located at Calle Aiguablava, 121, in the district of Nou Barris. It works together with companies to ensure that student acquire a high qualification in new technologies, as this sector is in high demand for employees.

Why choose this school:

  • You can enter Technical or Higher Technical Studies (for example Web Applications)
  • The school teaches Technical and Higher Technical programmes (for example Multi Platform Application Development)
  • You can become a Technician or study to be in the Administration of Computer Network Systems (with cyber security specialization option)

Sant Andreu

Pixel 51 is located at Avenida Meridiana 350 (8th floor) in the district of Sant Andreu. Pixel 51 is an Autodesk Training Centre that specializes in software for Architecture, Engineering and Design. The school has trained hundreds of professionals since 2012 through its online and classroom courses. The school actively collaborates with the most important official colleges and professional organizations in the sector.

Why choose this school:

  • Upon completion of the training students receive an internationally recognized Autodesk Training Certificate
  • The school allows companies and organizations to publish job offers and internships
  • The school has online and classroom courses

Sant Martí

The Institut Salvador Seguí is located at Carrer Santander, 7-9, in the district of Sant Martí. This is a public educational centre that provides training in family health, personal health and socio-cultural and community service.

Why choose this school:

  • The school emphasizes on educational and technological innovations
  • The school collaborates with professional organizations that are related to their field of training
  • The school promotes participation and a stimulating work environment

What other vocational training centres in Barcelona can you recommend?

About the author


Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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