At the invitation of the Minister of Education and Science Prof. Dr Dainius Pavalkis, Cedefop will be conducting an in-depth review of the apprenticeship schemes in Lithuania between now and the second quarter of 2015.
Starting in the autumn, a career education programme will be implemented in the majority of general education schools in Lithuania.
In November 2012, a group of vocational teachers from the wood processing sector started in-service training in enterprises. The opportunity is provided via the ESF-supported project ‘Development and implementation of the system for improving the technological competences of vocational teachers and lecturers’ (Profesijos mokytojų ir dėstytojų technologinių kompetencijų tobulinimo sistemos sukūrimas ir įdiegimas).
Apprenticeship is legitimised as a form of VET by the Lithuanian Law on VET. In practice, however, this form is not functioning. Apprenticeship is based on on-the-job practical training and, thus, its introduction into a school-based VET system is challenging.
Until 2014, establishment of 42 sectoral practical training centres (SPTC) is foreseen; two of them have already opened on wood technologies and the furniture production sector.
To encourage Lithuanian vocational education and training (VET) providers to share their good practice and promote VET, the Qualifications and VET Development Centre (Kvalifikacijų ir profesinio mokymo plėtros centras) launched a good practice competition. The winners were announced on 1 December 2011 during the conference on ‘Vocational education and training: the future and success’.
On 1 January 2012, changes were made to the organisation of vocational training for the unemployed following recent amendments to the Law to promote employment.