PESI, SCCI team up to exchange on VET

PESI Chair Farid Malikov made a study visit to the Republic of Slovakia between the dates of June 27 - July 1, 2017. The aim of the trip was to get familiarized with the work and activities of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) undertaken in the area of vocational education and training (VET), and study the experience of Slovakia in reforming its VET system.

The five-day training programme, organized by the SCCI Trencin Branch, provided an induction into the experience of the host organization with regard to advancing public-private partnership in planning manpower, contributing to formulation of VET policies, development of VET curricula, assessing standards with a view to identify market needs for education to meet them.

The insitutional study visits to a number of public and private institutions offered insight into the best practices of Slovak VET, enabled to have a closer look at a dual oriented VET system, labour market anticipation, data collection and analyses related to VET, and observe the practice of addressing shortage of workers with vocational and technical skills.

Farid also got a good grasp of quality assurance system, certification of training providers, cooperation among VET schools and BSOs/enterprises, public-private partnership in manpower development, employer engagement in the VET policy cycle, EU support for VET development etc.

In overall, the visit facilitated knowledge transfer between PESI and SCCI, and exposed policy tools applicable to Azerbaijan that is in the process of restructuring its VET system to face the challenges of the market economy.

The exchange was realized under the EU4Business East Invest 2 Project. The Initiative aims to enhance the capacity of SME associations and related BSOs in EaP countries for promoting a conducive business environment and providing better specialised services to their members.

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