Over 580 VET students competed in WorldSkills Croatia, where they demonstrated their abilities in 43 disciplines. These included, for the first time, categories for students with disabilities and cross-sectoral disciplines in technologically progressive industries, such as robotics and mechatronics. Practical and team work tasks were at the heart of this year’s event, which attracted more than 10 000 visitors.
Two new study programmes were announced in 2019 and were praised as an excellent example of innovative cooperation between industry and the education system.
The second comprehensive survey of Czech VET schools in 2018 suggests that cooperation with employers is one of the top priorities and indicates that employer interest in cooperation has been increasing since the last survey in 2015/16.
Progress in the organisation and the regulatory framework for implementing dual education and training in Bulgaria has been noted by all stakeholders. The work to implement the dual system in the country has provided multiple benefits: helped to increase the share of practical training; made practice in real working environments available; provided learners with scholarship opportunities for grades 9 and 10; and given opportunities to sign job contracts and receive salaries for learners of grades 11 and 12.
In Bulgaria, the first models have been developed for improving the attractiveness of the most in-demand professions in the labour market. Models to increase the attractiveness of 16 professions in machine building, electrical engineering, transport and medicine sectors were developed by the Industrial Capital Association.
The ICT sector and the VET system in Bulgaria are building a sustainable partnership, attracting more and more learners to ICT professions.
In December 2019, the Foundation for Cooperation on Vocational Education, Training and Labour Market in the Netherlands (SBB) published its fifth monitor report on the uptake of elective modules in Dutch VET. SBB concludes that, in 2019, over 1 000 elective modules were formally registered by SBB; every three months 20 new ones are added. No fewer than ninety percent of them found their way into curricula offered by VET schools.
All teachers working in primary, secondary or VET schools have been given free access to scientific articles on education research.
In response to technological developments and labour market needs, the government decided in December 2019 to implement the most extensive revision of initial vocational education and training (IVET) since the reform of upper secondary education in 2011. Aspiring assistant nurses in the Health and social care programme, and students of the Vehicle and transport programme are most affected.
The Return on investment of work-based learning (WBL) and apprenticeships project promotes WBL and apprenticeships by making their benefits evident to SMEs. The project developed a digital online tool that enables entrepreneurs and SME decision-makers to calculate the return on their investment after answering several questions. At the end of this procedure companies receive results supporting their future decisions. Another objective of the project was to disseminate good practices in an online and innovative environment.