The Council of Ministers adopted the action plan for 2015-17, for implementing the strategy for development of vocational education and training (VET), 2015–20. The strategy was approved in October 2014 and will be rolled out in two-year action plans.
Quality assurance and effectiveness of VET was defined as a priority in the action plan, with measures including the creation of opportunities for dual training and broadening use of the modular approach: these are aimed at improving access of persons above 16 years, including early school leavers. The main focus is on ensuring more active links between the VET system and business, smooth transition from training to employment, and reduction of youth unemployment.
The action plan includes measures targeted at ensuring training facility modernisation, improving VET attractiveness, employability and competitiveness of graduates, and reducing the proportion of early school leavers.
Actions are planned to support teacher and trainer qualification and career development, and for attracting young professionals to become VET teachers. Providing training to in-house employees acting as instructors in work-based learning is also envisaged.
Development of VET in a lifelong learning (LLL) perspective priority includes measures related to validation of vocational knowledge, skills and competences acquired through non-formal and informal learning plus the introduction of credits in VET.
Enhancing involvement and responsibilities of all stakeholders includes measures targeted at updating VET qualifications and provisions based on reliable labour marked data.
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