Since 2017, and on their request, Cedefop has been working intensively with national authorities and stakeholders in Greece, Estonia, Bulgaria and Slovakia, to support them in strengthening their skills anticipation and matching capacities.
Significant changes in legislation governing VET take effect from November 2018 with the amended Bulgarian Vocational Education and Training Law. They concern the structure and functions of the National Agency for Vocational Education and Training (NAVET), dual VET, licensing procedures and the work of Vocational Training Centres (CVTs). The changes aim to improve the performance of VET institutions and the governance of the VET system.
Over half of learners (52%) in Bulgaria chose vocational education and training (VET) in 2017. Cedefop’s animated video shows how the country’s VET system works.
Cedefop, together with the Bulgarian EU Presidency, organised a seminar on labour market and skills information systems for vocational education and training (VET) policies in Brussels on 26 June .
Cedefop’s policy learning forum on skills anticipation gathered over 60 national stakeholders from countries participating in the agency’s country support programme and other experts in Thessaloniki on 14 and 15 June.
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.