The project “Reform of Vocational Education and Training in Serbia” has developed the cooperative model as a specific form of teaching with dual-education elements, tailored to the circumstances present in Serbia. The cooperation between schools and companies under this education model, novel at the time, reached a higher level with representatives of the economy becoming more actively involved in all phases of the educational process. The shift relative to the so-called traditional teaching is seen in a larger scale, higher quality practical teaching in companies with active student participation in the production process, using the modern machines and with support of instructors who have been trained to work with young people. The companies that had become involved in the cooperative teaching model ensured financial benefits for students paid out as a symbolic cash remuneration or a stipend, covered travel expenses, meals or protective equipment, therefore proving their serious interest in long-term cooperation.
The cooperative model has been applied and tested in three-year, craft and technical profiles in electrical and mechanical engineering and metal processing. The profiles that were selected were the ones with high employment potential, with respective curricula modernised and supplemented to develop comprehensive professional competencies.