Why are countries like Germany and Switzerland more successful economically than France and the UK? The reason could lie in the different approach that these countries give to vocational education. The French educational system ‘looks down on vocational training perpetuating the notion that intellectual jobs are more worthy than manual work,’ says Jerome Frantz, chairman of the Federation des Industries Mechaniques.
The National Agency for Vocational Education and Training (NAVET) is responsible for an integrated information system (IIS) for data collection and storage. The agency manages and provides data and information on demand. The system is part of the e-government of the country.
Improving quality is a key priority in vocational education and training. A manual for self-assessment is used in initial vocational education in Bulgaria to contribute to it.
In 2011, the National Centre for the Development of Technical and Vocational Training (CNDIPT) in partnership with the National Research Institute for Labour and Social Protection (INCSMPS) undertook an employer survey on skills needs as part of the Anticipating skills needs for 2013 study, financed within the ESF project Matching the educational supply of vocational and professional training with the labour market demand (POSDRU/55/1.1/S/37932).