National Conference „Quo Vadis TVET Serbia“
26th – 27th November, Belgrade, Serbia

Creating flexible education systems and their aligning to the skills needs with an aim to promote higher economic growth and increase competitiveness is becoming a major challenge both in Europe and in Serbia.

Changing global economic conditions have increased the demand for citizens and workers who are not only more but also better educated. Faced with the increasing competitiveness in the more open and global market, countries around the world increasingly develop new education strategies which emphasise investment in equipping the labour force with better and more relevant competences to today’s market. Serbia is not an exception in this process and for many years educational authorities have been intensively working on reforming the education in terms of increasing the quality, relevance and efficiency of education, as well as in terms of coverage of children and young people by education. All these issues, along with the mission, vision and strategic directions of education in Serbia are clearly described in the Strategy of Education Development in the Republic of Serbia until 2020.

Recently in Serbia special attention has been paid to the VET system and related reforms, as well as to the results and effects of diverse reform measures. Having in mind that VET is part of the education system which is directly connected to the economic sector and the questions of employment and which, perhaps most of all, involves as many stakeholders as possible (from employers and representatives of economy to parents and students), it is of great significance directing of the attention of the public to the importance of VET. In addition, involvement of as many stakeholders as possible enables successful identification of the fields of VET which might be in the future the subject matter of reform activities and/or the subject matter of further improvements with the aim of implementing strategic vision of the development of VET as functional, rational, flexible, accessible and aligned with the labour market needs. Accordingly, it is necessary to start a dialogue on the reform of secondary technical education from various perspectives of the stakeholders involved in the reform processes.

Bearing in mind all the above mentioned, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development is organising the national conference Quo Vadis TVET Serbia.

The conference will last two days. The first day will be divided into plenary and workshop part. In the plenary part, beside introductory speeches of the relevant ministries and donors, the current situation in TVET in Serbia, as well as EU perspectives in TVET, will be presented. Later on in the workshop part (which implies dividing participants into smaller groups) more specific issues will be discussed regarding the strategic and system level, provider level (schools) and other stakeholders’ level (employers and/or other representatives of the industrial sector).

The topics to be discussed during the workshops are as follows:

  • TVET development framework and conditions
  • Implementation of the reform initiative on the operational level and their monitoring
  • TVET and cooperation with the industry
  • Acceptance of TVET and professional orientation

During the second day of the conference, participants will have the opportunity to participate in the presentations of different models and successes stories of VET schools from different fields of work and various regions in Serbia.

Overall conclusions and conclusions from each workshop held will be presented at the closing of the conference, along with recommendations for taking further steps, as well as for a possibility for this conference to become a national conference on TVET, which would encourage the exchange of experiences on implementation of European standards in TVET and contribute to more rapid integration of South East Europe countries into a wider European Area of Education, to the success and sustainability of the European integration processes to which all countries in the region aspire.

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