In a two year period (2014-15), 42 sectoral practical training centres (sektoriniai praktinio mokymo centrai, SPTCs) were established in Lithuania. Centres are supplied with state-of-the-art technological equipment for practical training and work-based learning in vocational education and training (VET).
Lithuanian general education schools are increasingly organising work experience ‘tasters’ for their students. Vocational activation (profesinis veiklinimas) is considered to be a priority measure in career education and vocational guidance, during which students are acquainted with various employment sectors, career possibilities and occupational characteristics.
The national project Formation of qualifications and development of modular vocational education and training (VET) (Kvalifikacijų formavimas ir modulinio profesinio mokymo sistemos kūrimas), launched in 2010, has now entered its final phase.
On 25 and 26 May, members of the country reviews steering groups from Malta, Lithuania, Greece, Italy and Slovenia met in Thessaloniki for a policy-learning exercise. They discussed apprenticeship schemes in their countries, bringing in different experiences and perspectives, and learned more on how the reviews work.
In autumn 2014, the Lithuanian Minister for Education and Science approved two important action plans establishing directions for long-term development and financing of vocational education and training (VET) and non-formal adult education.
In 2014, to involve employers’ associations in planning, implementation and review of vocational education and training (VET), the Ministry of Education and Science signed collaboration agreements with the following associations: Lithuanian Hotel and Restaurant Association, Lietuvos Aviacija and Infobalt.
Since the beginning of 2014, nine sectoral practical training centres (sektoriniai praktinio mokymo centrai, SPTCs) have been officially opened. It is foreseen to establish 42 SPTCs overall. SPTCs aim to assure that learners gain practical skills matching labour market needs, using the latest technologies and equipment.
‘With our limited resources we will try to come closer to the Member States and work with them to push vocational education and training (VET) reform further,’ Cedefop Director James Calleja told the first validation workshop of the agency’s review of Lithuania’s and Malta’s apprenticeship systems.
Reform of VET programmes into modular programmes has started in Lithuania in the national project ‘Formation of qualifications and development of modular vocational education and training (VET)’ (Kvalifikacijų formavimas ir modulinio profesinio mokymo sistemos kūrimas).
In September 2013, the Lithuanian government approved the employment enhancement programme for 2014-20. The programme’s objective is that by 2020, 73 % of Lithuania’s citizens have work.