Developing a common vision for work-based learning in Serbia
On 20 December the ETF gathered with key Serbian vocational education and training stakeholders to discuss the dual education reform in the country.
State Secretary Vladimir Dzamic opened the event declaring “the dual education reform the most significant policy development in Serbia in 2017.” He added that dual education will increase the labour market relevance of vocational education and training and give young people the skills they need to succeed.
Steffen Hudolin, Head of Operation to the EU Delegation to Serbia, stated that “this is a very important event – and I truly mean it. With the dual reform Serbia has made a big step to increase the quality and relevance of vocational education and training.” However, Mr Hudolin added that it is important to include all major stakeholders.
This was the main purpose of the meeting – to bring all Serbian stakeholders together in social dialogue to discuss the dual education reform. The event reinforced the role of the multi-stakeholder vocational education and training Council which will help policy leaders in the country move forward more sustainably.
Aca Markovic, Chair of the Council for Vocational and Adult Education, concluded that “we achieved a great result despite resistance from people who fear change, but our economy needs dual education.”