The services sector offers a promising opportunity for economic growth, reducing dependency on the automotive industry which is currently the biggest economic sector in Slovakia. Business service centres (BSCs) are establishing partnerships with training centres and universities to increase the employability of graduates and improve the relevance of education and training provision.
The Minister for education presented the national programme for the development of education Learning Slovakia to the Education, Youth, Science and Sports parliamentary committee on 29 May 2017.
Cedefop launched the next stage of its skills governance review in Slovakia. Cedefop experts Vladimir Kvetan and Jasper van Loo presented the project to national stakeholders in Bratislava on 28 March.
A new version of the national standard of financial literacy has come into force in the 2017/18 school year.
A Cedefop delegation headed by Deputy Director Mara Brugia met with national stakeholders in Bratislava on 20 June to launch the agency’s third country review on skills governance.
Population ageing, demographic decline and learners’ study preferences are posing major challenges to Slovakia’s economy. Its labour force will not be able to meet labour market needs.
Philosophers working as clerks, trained teachers as cashiers. A recent paper by the Education Policy Institute of the Ministry of Education (Martinák, 2016) analyses mismatch between qualifications and skills and labour market requirements. It examines three types of supply-demand mismatch among the employed (omitting the self-employed and unemployed):
In two separate meetings, on 20 March in Athens and on 27 March in Sofia, Cedefop officially launched its EU country support programme to strengthen the governance of skills anticipation and matching.
At a seminar jointly organised by Cedefop and the Slovak EU Presidency on 13 December in Brussels, experts and Brussels-based stakeholders discussed key challenges related to the strengthening of vocational education and training (VET).