Education of Adults

Role of Secondary Vocational School in Linking Education and Labour Market

DECIDE project supports implementation of national strategic priorities that concern harmonisation of the education system with requirements of the economy, which translates into improving the educational and training offer in line with labour market needs. That support is also reflected in the intensive cooperation between the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Education in accrediting educational institutions, in this case secondary vocational schools, as publicly recognised organisers of adult education activities.  The schools that have been selected to participate in the DECIDE project have made a choice and are now being prepared for delivering non-formal education and training, career guidance and counselling services and recognising prior learning.

By receiving support in developing capacities for delivering adult education activities, the schools will improve competencies of their teachers and teaching associates to work with adults, accredit programmes and create activities receptive to the needs of the labour market, the youth in formal education and the unemployed. The schools will also carry out activities for upgrading the competencies of participants who are mainly without any qualifications, therefore helping them improve their chances for better positioning in the labour market and finding a decent job.

DECIDE supports selected secondary schools in identifying non-formal training courses to be accredited.  Training selection takes place within the local youth employment dialogue and in consultations with relevant local community representatives, i.e., relevant private sector representatives, Regional Chamber of Commerce and local self-government.

Since non-formal training is to raise the competencies of the unemployed, the labour market analysis in selected local self-government had determined that the number of potential young adults who can benefit from additional skills and competencies is quite sufficient, making their improved employability the end result.

The project, together with schools will monitor the training quality, efficiency and its impact on employment. Special attention will focus on quality assessment of career guidance and counselling services and its impact on the training outcomes and youth employability.