Croatia has a strong vocational education and training (VET) tradition. Participation at upper secondary level is one of the highest in the EU and the share of early leaving from education and training is the lowest in the Union.

On the other hand, supporting adult learning remains a major challenge as participation is very low.

The Croatian EU Presidency in the first half of 2020 focuses on teachers and trainers who are at the heart of all developmental and reform processes, as promoters and enablers of the new skills needed for the future. Putting words into action, Croatia recently improved many factors in teacher status and has built a system that recognises and rewards excellence in teaching.

Cedefop has just published a short description of Croatia’s VET system to help understand it better by providing insights into its main features and highlighting system developments and current challenges.

For concise information on the system, you can also download the Spotlight on VET – Croatia.