Vocational Education and Preparation for Labour Market


RDA - Regional Development Agency Senec-Pezinok, Senec, SLOVAKIA



Contact details of the main implementing body

Name of the organisation, original language

Štátny inštitút odborného vzdelávania

Name of the organisation, English translation

State Institute of Vocational Education

Web page



Name of the practice, original language

Odborné vzdelávanie a príprava pre trh práce



Description of the practice

The State Institute of Vocational Education (ŠIOV) has Lainched a three-year-project aimed at an improvement of the vocational education level in Slovakia, and its promotion among the potential students and employers. The goal of the pilot project is to verify the functioning and credible methodology taken over from Switzerland.

Policy context

The Swiss- Slovak project is supported by the Program of Swiss- Slovak Cooperation within the enlarged European Union. The Project is in line with the National Program of Reforms, approved by the SR Government.

Labour market context

The aim of the project is to foster and ensure cooperation development among the key VET stakeholders (employers and secondary vocational schools). A special attention is dedicated to those studies which are experienced as having minimum or no interest from the side of pupils leaving elementary schools; however, they are required by the labour market. Originally, the activity should have been focused on elementary school pupils, but the defined target groups have been enlarged. There have been incorporated the activities which would address all relevant stakeholders- professionals and broad public, and thus ensuring the vocational training to be promoted among employers, VET teachers, and all persons participating at education decision- making.  


Activity 1: To improve the cooperation development among particular VET stakeholders- employers, professional organisations, sector council for vocational education and training, secondary vocational schools.

Activity 2: To update and innovate the curricula in line with the labour market requirements.

Activity 3: To promote vocational education and training.

Management and operation

The key coordinator of the project is ŠIOV in cooperation with the SR Government Office, and the Embassy of Switzerland.

Project partner: EHB – Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung – Swiss governmental center of competence for the provision of tertiary-level basic and continuing training to VET actors, for the development of professions and for VET research.

Target groups/beneficiaries

Pupils and students (elementary schools and secondary vocational schools), VET teachers, professional organizations, other VET providers, employers

Start date

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End date (actual or planned)

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Gender dimension

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Products involved in or resulting from the practice

  • Presentations at vocational competitions
  • “Olympics” competitions for students
  • Expertise workshops, conferences
  • Charity events
  • Presentations at labour exchanges
  • Press conferences
  • Promotional campaigns (print, TV, web) country-wide and regional (for particular participating schools and employers)
  • Creation and distribution of films on DVDs
  • Various promotional and commemorative objects
  • Open days

Outcomes of the practice (planned/expected and actual)

  • Mutually beneficiary partnership at the level of an employer- sector council (or professional organisation)- secondary vocational school
  • Description of the requirements of an employer in particular sectors of a particular region for an expertise knowledge, skills and abilities required for the specific job position
  • Updated education programs for the particular study subject
  • Updated state education programs for the particular group of specializations, and the education degree
  • Implementation of practical education directly in the employers ´operations
  • Development of training programs for practical education instructors
  • Participation of the employers at the final vocational education examinations
  • Application of the employers´ requirements in the course of planning the education programs for vocational teachers and practical instructors
  • Training of teachers with the focus on actual trends within the respective sector, non-traditional methods and forms of education
  • Updated/ newly created normative of special, material and device equipment for the particular study specialization

Source of funding

Other sources, please specify

Swiss Financial Mechanism within the Swiss- Slovak Cooperation Program

Main responsible body, type

Ministry or other national public body/authority. Please specify, Other

State Institute of Vocational Education, SR Government Office, Swiss Embassy

EHB - Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung- project partner

Role of implementing body

Management, operation and overall supervision of the programs

Other bodies involved in implementation of the practice as partners or contractors

Elementary schools, secondary vocational schools, professional organisations, employers, other VET providers

Evaluation - Was the practice evaluated?



Target group(s)

Employers, Jobseekers


All employers



People seeking training

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B.2 Type of practice

B.2.1 Practices related to management or servicing of clients

Registration, skill assessments, identification of client needs and matching

Registration of clients, Registration of vacancies, Skill assessment, Identification of clients’ needs, Matching services

B.2.2 Practices related to labour market information and improvement of micro and smes’ procedures

Labour market information (LMI)

Collection of LMI (demand, supply or both), Analysis of LMI, Dissemination of LMI

Micro and SMEs’ procedures

Improvement of micro and smes’ recruitment and human resource management practices, Identification of needed skills, Staff training/development, Enhance job benefits/condition to attract applicants for hard-to-fill vacancies, Design and implementation of high quality apprenticeship/interniship programmes

B.2.3 Practices related to skill mismatch reduction

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch (targeted to unemployed or employed)

Individual counselling/guidance/mentoring/coaching, Group counselling/guidance, Training (classroom), Training (work-based, including apprenticeship), Work experience / work trials

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch: labour mobility

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Sharing the cost of training and skills development

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B.3 Delivery method(s)

Delivery methods involved

Surface mail, e-Services, Mass media (television/radio), Phone/SMS, Face to face contacts

B.4 Contracting out

Extent of contracting out of practice: The service is contracted out…

In full

Type of subcontractor(s)


B.5 Partnership

Type of partners involved in implementation of the practice

Public, Private, Third sector

SECTION C - Information about evaluation of the practice

When was the practice evaluated?

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Type of organisation carrying out the evaluation

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Details of the organisation responsible for carrying out the evaluation

Name of the organisation, original language/Name of the evaluator

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Name of the organisation, English translation

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E mail

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Web page

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Overall evaluation methodology/methodology

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Indicators in the evaluation

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Main findings of the evaluation

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Change in practice following evaluation

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C.1 Documentation of the evaluation

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Monitoring evidence

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D.1 - Evidence of results

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D.2 - Relevance

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D.3 - Availability of clear and adequate information

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D.4 - Impact

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D.5 - Innovation

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D.6 - Broad-based participation

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D.7 - Sustainability

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D.8 - Mainstreaming

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D.9 - European Added Value and Transferability

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D.10 - Additional comments

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