Country Project Croatia
The ETF intervention
ETF is supporting the government of Croatia on the way to accession to the
European Union and in particular in sustaining the reform process in education
While continuing to support the EU external assistance policies through input
to Commission sector programming as well as ensuring general compliance of the
country’s initiatives with the Bruges process, the ETF's work in 2012 will
focus on supporting capacity development in the area of evidence based policy
making (EBPM) paying particular attention to skill needs assessment and
In doing so, ETF will build on main results accomplished in 2011, most notably
- the survey conducted on EBPM in education and training and the work done with
the EBPM focus group led by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.
- the report on “Skills mismatches and anticipation of the future labour market
needs: the Case of Croatia” and the cooperation established with the
Intergovernmental Body for labour market monitoring.
The ETF will also continue in close cooperation with the Ministry of Science,
Education and Sports to participate in the ongoing development of the Croatian
Qualification Framework (CROQF) to comply with the European Qualification
Following the specific request of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal
Opportunities an in-depth country Human Resources Development (HRD) review
focusing on education and training in a life-long learning perspective,
employment and social inclusion was finalised in 2011. The review will be
disseminated at national level in 2012 and should inform the HRD programming
2012-2013 and beyond.
The guiding principle for ETF within Croatia will be policy learning through
supporting the debate among stakeholders, facilitating exchange of good
practice and assisting the Croatian partners in developing their own
methodologies and approaches in the areas of education and training,
employment, qualification and evidence based policy making.
The country activities also benefit from the ETF’s Regional project on Social
inclusion through education and training and from the ETF’s initiatives on
Matching skills and labour market needs and Torinet.
The Croatian context One of the key challenges of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports in 2012 would be the evaluation of the “Education Sector Development Plan 2005-2010” (ESDP) as well as follow-up activities resulting in a new strategic plan(s) for the educational sector based on the more extensive use of the evidence-based policy making approaches. Moreover, pursuant to the relevant priorities of the 2010 Economic Recovery Program, an Intergovernmental Body for Labour Market Monitoring was launched by the Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education with a view to developing a coherent and strategic approach for matching supply and demand of skills. In parallel, the Agency for VET and Adult Education has developed relevant methodology based on the deployment of a strategic tool entitled “Sector Profiles”, which is intended to be an analytical basis for harmonization of labour marked needs and VET provision that therefore would allow for better informed and more relevant planning of the VET system provision by the key stakeholders. Human resource development in Croatia is one of the driving factors in the country’s endeavour to become the next new EU member. It is a dynamic area with many innovations and challenges, sharpened by the economic crisis and its impact on jobs, skill needs and social policies. The country has made progress in tackling these issues and is mobilising capacities to utilise the opportunity of the coming EU funds for significant investments in human resource development, which can bring Croatia closer to economic competitiveness, sustainable development and inclusive society. For Croatia the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), contributing substantially to the 'Europe 2020' strategy for jobs and growth, provides a reference for country's policies of human resource development. Thanks to the efforts of the Croatian government the initial setting for these strategies is in place.
Put simply, lifelong learning means that people can – and should have the opportunity to – learn throughout their lives.
Across the world, certain groups of people are still hard pressed to get the most out of their education and training system.
Partnership between the worlds of work and education is a process that is set to become an integral part of how we go about developing education.
“Employment”: a better guidance contributes to broader economic and social well-being by easing the functioning of labour markets.
Making qualifications transparent and easily readable, even across international frontiers, is a high priority for the ETF.
Teachers are a critical factor in education reforms. The ETF takes therefore the role of schools and teachers seriously throughout its work.
Focusing on key competences is one of the surest ways of keeping education and training relevant in a fast-changing environment.
Governance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.
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