This paper explores the Informational Basis of Judgement (IBJ) of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Spain. Using the Capability Approach (CA) for VET evaluation as a main theoretical framework, the article uses a historical review to move the discussion on the goals of VET from the economic terrain to the individual and social one in which dialogue is the cornerstone. The core principles of deliberative democracy that here are offered as part of a valid IBJ, offer an exploratory space for criticizing but also for revealing the potentialities of a VET reform. The paper is structured as follows. First, it scrutinizes the content of the VET reforms and its features. Thereafter it focuses on the mandatory in-company training period as one important future of VET and a step towards the track system. And then, the second section turns to a discussion of the IBJ to reveal the democratic lacks in the design and implementation of educational reforms before concluding by summarizing the main points.
Keywords: IBJ, VET, dual, Spain