Cedefop Director James Calleja accompanied by expert Vladimir Kvetan met the Slovak Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport Peter Plavčan in Bratislava on 18 October.
In the latest in our animation series presenting EU Member States' vocational education and training (VET) systems, it is Slovakia's turn. The country currently holds the rotating EU Presidency.
The September 2016 issue of Skillset and match, Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download. In this issue, we look at the New skills agenda for Europe and how it can boost employability, competitiveness and growth.
Linking VET schools with the world of work to meet labour market needs is a long-term challenge for education and training in Slovakia.
Adoption of the law on vocational education and training (VET) in March 2015 enabled the first generation of students to enter ‘dual VET’ in the school year 2015/16.
In Slovakia, initial vocational education and training (IVET) faces difficulties in offering practical training corresponding to state-of-the-art developments in technology and working conditions.
The international computer and information literacy study (ICILS) examines outcomes of student computer and information literacy (CIL) across countries. CIL refers to an individual's ability to use computers to investigate, create, and communicate to participate effectively at home, at school, in the workplace, and in the community.
In June 2014, two important events with high relevance to future development of vocational education and training (VET) took place in Slovakia.
Results of two important skills surveys have triggered very different reactions. While adults’ test results attracted little attention, 15-year-olds’ reading, maths and science skills shocked politicians and media, though not specialists.
A decline in attractiveness of secondary IVET studies and dissatisfaction of employers with graduate supply has led to a radical, yet disputed intervention by the government. Stricter rules for secondary school admission were approved by the parliament by an amendment to the Act on VET. A grade point average in grade 8 and the first half of grade 9 of lower secondary school was introduced as a regulating indicator valid from the 2014/15 school year.