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Serbia experienced a deep recession following the financial crisis,with negative growth. Vocational education and training enrollments have been growing, representing around 40% of total enrolements in secondary education. The Strategy for the Development of Education 2020, aims to build stronger links between VET, the labour market and economy, promote recognisable qualifications that facilitate employment, lifelong learning, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship.
Although VET policy implementation remains weak, progress has been made on competence-based assessment and progress to unify the National Qualifications Framework into one comprehensive framework for lifelong learning. And referencing the NQF with the European Qualifications Framework.


• Developing and implementing a unified NQF for lifelong learning and referencing with the European Qualifications framework
• Strengthening multi-stakeholder VET governance in line with labour market needs
• Developing sustainable structure for Sector Skills Councils

ETF’s Role

• Support the development and implementation of a unified NQF for lifelong learning, referencing the Serbian NQF and EQF.
• Recommendations to develop Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning  
• Support to strengthen VET governance in cooperation, including advice to the Council for VET and Adult Education to increase private sector involvement and awareness of smart specialisation
• Support to apply EU employment instruments, including Youth Guarantee
• Disseminate EU Member State good practice (policy advice, peer learning, capacity building)
• Support the implementation of work-based learning to improve quality and labour market relevance
• Facilitate participation in European Alliance for Apprenticeship and mapping of work-based learning.
• Continues support for the continuous professional development (CPD) of Vet teachers and trainers
• Modernising quality assurance policies and measures, promoted through the European Quality Assurance Reference in VET (EQAVET).
• Support for Sector Skills Councils to ensure VET better reflects  labour market skills rdemand
• Dissemniate outcomes of the SBA assessment

For more info, contact the ETF Country Desk: Lida Kita
+39 011 6302291, e-mail:

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