In September 2017, the Ministry of Education and Science launched a public consultation on its VET development concept. The main focus areas are flexible learning pathways, attractive learning opportunities, and quality guidance services to match the interests of young people and of the labour market.
Occupational profiles for three new qualifications have been developed: trading in medical devices for home use and assistive technologies; food supplements; and providing professional guidance to the unemployed.
The first national conference on dual education took place on 22 November 2017 in Sofia. Participants discussed their vision for the development of dual education as a way to restructure the national VET system in Bulgaria over the years to come.
A decade after its accession to the European Union (EU), Bulgaria took over the rotating EU Presidency for the first time on 1 January, and its programme focuses, among other priorities, on digital economy and skills for the future.
In two separate meetings, on 20 March in Athens and on 27 March in Sofia, Cedefop officially launched its EU country support programme to strengthen the governance of skills anticipation and matching.
A new qualification, ‘freight forwarder’, has been added to the List of professions for vocational education and training (LPVET) in Bulgaria, as maintained by the National Agency for Vocational Education and Training (NAVET).
In 2016, the Minister for Tourism approved education and training requirements for vocational qualifications ‘tourist guide’ and ‘mountain guide’. Common training tests for ski instructors are being developed. The new requirements will improve the quality and competitiveness of tourism.
ReferNet, Cedefop’s network of institutions providing information on vocational education and training (VET) in EU Member States plus Iceland and Norway, welcomed several new partners in July.
The third forum for dual-track education was organised in spring 2016 within the Dual education for the modern requirements and needs of society project (Domino).