Romania is participating in the Learning by doing project, where the main objective is to improve the capacities of VET actors. This will be done through reinforcing regional, national and transnational partnerships to strengthen existing VET systems and support their development in the Danube region countries. The project started in January 2016 and will last for 30 months to the end of June 2019.
It is partly financed by the European Union through the Transnational cooperation programme for the Danube Region, which supports transnational cooperation projects in accordance with the priorities of the European Union strategy for the Danube region (EUSDR). The project budget is approximately EUR 2.35 million, out of which around EUR 105 000 is allocated to the National Centre for TVET Development, with financing sources covered 85% through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and 15% by national cofinancing.
The National Centre for TVET Development made a substantial contribution to achieving the main objective. Some of the main activities include:
- actions to strengthen VET actor partnership at local level to support VET reform;
- analysing the key challenges in VET;
- participating in study visits organised in partner countries to share existing practices and key challenges in VET;
- drafting a national ‘vision’ of work-based learning in VET;
- contributing to the development of a joint guidebook for more efficient work-based learning in the Danube region, based on national case studies and scenarios allowing for modernising WBL systems;
- activities to increase VET actor capacity;
- participating in the establishment of the work-based learning observatory as transnational body with headquarters in Budapest, and with the later goal to establish national branches in each project partner country.
The main aim is to follow up the transition of VET systems in the Danube region, to support this process with necessary expertise, and to enable local VET systems to be better and more responsive to the demands of companies. Based on the findings, national strategies and policy recommendations to modernise WBL schemes in VET will be created at the end of the project there.
The lead partner of the project is the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Budapest (BKIK, Hungary). The lead partner and the project partners come from nine EU countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany (Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria), Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) and five non-EU countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine–four provinces: Chernivetska Oblast, Ivano-Frankiviska Oblast, Zakarpatska Oblast and Odessa Oblast), which have the same geographic scope as the EU Strategy for the Danube region.
The 24 project partners benefit from specific financial support: 11 partners are cofinanced through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), four are supported by the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) and there are nine associated strategic partners.
The project complies with the fourth thematic priority of the Transnational cooperation programme for the Danube Region. The aim of this is a well-governed Danube region providing support for the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region and improving legal frameworks and policies to address major societal challenges, such as measures on the labour market, education systems, and demographic changes.