With a 33.2% unemployment rate in the 15-24 age group in 2011, Slovakia was the EU’s third worst-performing country in employment. In response to a letter by Mr. Barroso asking eight EU countries to rethink actions to fight their disproportionally high youth unemployment rate, the Slovak government decided to reallocate EUR 70 million from the ESF Operational programme education (OPE) to the Operational programme employment and social inclusion (OPESI). The resources will be diverted predominantly from Measure 1.1, focused on transformation of traditional schools into modern ones, Measure 1.2, focused on higher education institutions and research and development, and Measure 2.1, focused on CVET and LLL. While OPESI lacks the means to support youth employment and additional sources amounting to the EUR 70 million identified as needed, OPE features very low drawing and contracting (15.72% and 56.73% from May 2012).
The national round of the Technology Olympiad held on 14 and 15 May brought together lower secondary schools pupils, teachers and organisers willing to reverse the decline in the attractiveness of technical secondary studies in Slovakia.
The European Inventory 2010 provides a unique record on how validation is already being used at national, regional and local level to address issues relating to lifelong learning, employment and social exclusion.
The Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia, in cooperation with the Slovak Governance Institute (SGI), organised an opening conference ‘Europe 2020’ on 10 March 2010 in Bratislava to boost discussion about the EU growth strategy for the coming decade.
In the 1990s, links between VET schools and enterprises were broken because of, the dramatic restructuring of the national economy after the collapse of the command economy. Old institutional relations were broken and new ones were hard to establish. In the 2000s, a gradual economic revival created a more positive environment for a revitalisation of the cooperation between schools and employers.
A second study of the quality of training in SMEs looks at three sectors in newer Member States