International Projects

Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education (AVETAE) has been actively involved in implementation of many international and bilateral projects:

European Social Found (ESF)

Agency for Vocational
and Adult Education together with other stakeholders is involved in the programming process for the new budget period of the European Social Fund 2014 -2020. Under the new ESF OP Efective human resources 2014 -2020, the Agency has proposed a series of operations and activities designed to further support the modernization of vocational education, the development of adult education and links to the labor market.

Preparation of VET schools for ESF

The Agency is actively working on preparing the capacity of vocational schools for the use of EU funds with the aim of developing and introducing innovations and improving the quality of vocational schools in the Republic of Croatia.
The Agency has prepared a Manual for VET school: the European Social Fund and the development of innovation in vocational schools. This manual gives to the vocational schools an insight into the way the European Social Fund operates, as part of the Structural Funds. The manual explains the structural and cohesion policy of the EU and the purpose, objectives, priorities and activities that can be funded. There are also examples of good practice from EU member states.

Also, an indispensable part of the process of accession to the EU is the development of project proposals that meet the criteria of the competition for grant. Using grant facilitates the process of building a modern and adaptable system of vocational education and training in times of economic stagflation.

For VET schools to become familiar with European policies in the field of vocational education and training  manual is completed by a Bruges Communique, which is part of the Copenhagen process to enhance the quality and attractiveness of vocational education and training.

The manual consists of four parts:
1. Guide to the European Social Fund for vocational schools

2. Recommendations vocational schools to develop innovative proposals
3. The introduction of innovations in vocational schools
4. Bruges Communiqué

Erasmus +

Erasmus + includes all European and international programs and initiatives of the EU in the field of education, training, youth and sport. Erasmus + will replace seven existing programs: Lifelong Learning Programme (with its sub-programs Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig), Youth in Action and five international cooperation programs (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the program of cooperation with industrialized countries and territories). The program for the first time introduces the support area of sports.
Erasmus + aims to strengthen the skills and employability of European citizens as well as improving education, training and work in the field of youth and sports. The seven-year program will have a budget of 14.7 billion euros.

Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education is implementing three Erasmus + project:

ReferNet Croatia

Agency for Vocational Education and Training signed a two-year partnership agreement with Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training in Thessaloniki, on which basis the Department of International Cooperation and Projects Agency got the role of ReferNet Croatia.

ReferNet is a network of institutions that was created in 2002 by Cedefop to provide information about national systems and policies in vocational education and training in the EU Member States, Iceland and Norway. The network helps Cedefop to understand the legal framework and institutions involved in the vocational education and training in each country and the monitoring of developments and trends in the policies of vocational education. The majority of activities of ReferNet isrelated to a policy analysis of vocational education. In addition to providing data and information on the VET systems, ReferNet network also provides in-depth analysis of how each country is progressing in the implementation of common policy objectives of vocational training in Europe.

The Agency has launched a special website ReferNet Croatia, where you can find more information about the find more information on the activities of ReferNet Croatia, information and national contact details ReferNet network, information about the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) and its activities, and you can browse and download our other publications and a member of ReferNet networks, as well as Cedefop editions

Transition Facility

In order to strengthen institutional, operational and human capacities, Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education successfully applied for the project “Development of ICT web-based solution for recognition of foreign VET school qualifications and strengthening administrative capacities of Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education”. The project was applied within Transition facility, a temporary instrument foreseen for new member states in their first years of membership – assistance in financing of development measures and strengthening of national administrative and judicial capacities for implementation and enforcement of EU legislation.

Project aims to develop modern ICT web based solution for recognition of foreign VET school qualifications with the purpose of ensuring efficient provision of AVETAE services and enable easier access to information about recognition procedure and access to labour market and/or education in Republic of Croatia. ICT web based solution will help in achieving the following:
  • raise the quality of AVETAE public services in the field of recognition of foreign VET school qualifications
  • minimise administrative barriers and improve customer support in the procedure of recognition of foreign VET school qualifications
  • improve management and transparency of recognition process
  • strengthen AVETAE capacities and improve cooperation with relevant authorities for recognition of foreign VET school qualifications in the EU.
Modern ICT web based solution for recognition of foreign VET school qualifications will consist of interactive web site with detailed information for applicants and others interested in the recognition of foreign VET school qualifications with access to public registry of foreign educational qualifications with information on regulations, educational systems and recognized foreign qualifications. Furthermore, a custom-made document management software for recognition procedure will be developed and linked to the website in order to automate workflows and enable better implementation, monitoring and reporting.

The complete ICT solution is creatively named PIKASO, which is an acronym of priznavanje inozemnih kvalifikacija, meaning recognition of foreign qualifications in Croatian language, and ASOO, the Agency acronym in Croatian = P.I.K. + ASOO.
The implementation of this project will strengthen the administrative capacities of the Agency and improve internal procedures which will ensure transparency of the entire process for applicants.
The project has a total value of 32.641,58 €, implementation started in September 2016. and it will last for 10 months.

Instrument of Preaccession Assistance (IPA)

Within IV. component of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), the Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2008 - 2013, the Department for International Cooperation and Projects of the Agency for VETand Adult Education designed, prepared and successfully carried out 10 projects, whose total value was higher than the 21 million EUR (€ 21,395,775), of which:

5 projects service, whose users were directly Agency, the total value of 7.1 million EUR
1 Framework project, whose users were directly Agency, worth 171,555 euros
4 project grant vocational schools and adult education institutions, with a total value of 14 million euros.


TAIEX (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange / Technical Assistance and Information Exchange) is an EU program that provides short-term technical assistance in the field of approximation, application and enforcement of EU legislation. TAIEX provides five main services: documentation and information services and advice on single market legislation, workshops and seminars, study visits to the European Commission and member states, expert consultation beneficiary countries and the establishment of a database on technical assistance projects and their results.
Within TAIEX program, the Agency for VET and Adult Education was approved three projects:
  • Capacity building of human resource of the AVETAE dealing with recognition of foreign VET school qualifications
  • Study Visit on Modernisation of Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education with the use of ESF Funds
  • TAIEX Expert Mission on Recognition of Vocational Education Qualifications.

CARDS and other projects
CARDS 2003 "Modernisation of VET Schools" 

In the end of 2007, project CARDS 2003 VET “Modernisation of schools for VET” (in amount of 1.249.846,00 EUR for component 1 and 2 (service) and 3.076.542,03 EUR for component 3 (grant) (EC grant 2.660.674,64)) successfully finished. Within this project a Concept Paper was made which encompasses whole qualification structure of teachers and expert associates. Feasibility study was made in order to identify where to establish higher education programme for VET teachers and expert associates. Spectrum of VET teachers profiles and expert associates was made and an equivalent to modular 1-year pre-service study for professional training for VET teachers and expert associates was developed. Also, a system of continuous professional training for VET teachers/expert associates is based on the process of staff assessment and entire set of educational programmes for professional training of VET teachers and expert associates as well as main modules for training were developed.

Group of 20-25 educators was trained in order to conduct professional training of teachers pre-service and one group of 20-25 educators in order to conduct continuous professional training for VET teachers/expert associates based on the process of staff assessment.

Within component 2, study on economic sectors in Croatia was examined and their main skills profiles as well as two examples of qualifications and procedures for qualification approval from CARDS 2002 VET project. As part of support to sector councils work, with the help in organisation and conduct of two rounds of meetings of 13 sector councils, review of sector councils’ general progress and guidelines for their future work were developed. General assessment of first 12 months of sector councils’ work was made and proposals for their future work given.

Members of project team spent three days on training (methodology for making of occupational standards, qualification standards and curriculum) for participants from relevant institutions and bodies. For inter-sectoral area of agro tourism, a strategic working group was established which produced a functional map, occupational standard, qualification specification, framework curriculum and learning packages for the occupation agro tourism technician. General handbook on qualification development was also developed. A 7-day study visit on occupation analysis and development of curricula based on competences was organised for members of strategic working group to Ireland.

Within component 3, 13 projects financed by the EU, of total amount of 2.660.674 €, targeted at development of VET schools and promotion of partnerships, were contracted. Partners were different institutions: VET and private schools, associations, enterprises, institutes, open public colleges, chambers of economy and crafts, local authorities, etc. Beneficiaries of CARDS 2003 financial support showed exceptional level of organisation, competitiveness and readiness in the implementation of projects. Already in the beginning, representatives of 13 approved projects were faced with high requests of administrative nature. Projects finished successfully.
Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance – IPA
IPA is a new EU pre-accession programme for the period 2007-2013 which replaces former CARDS, Phare; ISPA and SAPARD.
Programme IPA was established by EU Council Directive nr. 1085/2006 from July 17th 2006. Since 2007, IPA is open to Croatia. Total amount of resources available for Croatia is 589,9 M EUR.
Basic objectives of this programme are help in institution building and rule of law, human rights, including basic rights, minority rights, gender equality and non-discrimination, administrative and economic reforms, economic and social development, reconciliation and reconstruction and regional and cross-border cooperation. Programme supports building of institutional capacities in preparations for funds use which will be available for Croatia once it becomes a member state (structural funds and Cohesion Fund).
Programme IPA has five components:
  1. Assistance in transition and institution building
  2. Cross border cooperation
  3. Regional development
  4. Human resources development
  5. Rural development
 Agency for Vocational Education and Training, within Component IV Human Resources Development, will implement four projects:
  • Strengthening institutional framework for the development of the VET occupational standards/qualifications & curricula,
  • Implementation of new curricula (including grant support to VET schools),
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) Quality Assurance Development,
  • Comprehensive strengthening of the capacities of the Agency for Vocational Education and Training.
Furthermore, within the Agency, Department for Financing and Contracting of IPA Programme is operating as Implementing Body of Component 4 of IPA programme. You can find out more about IPA here.


During 2007, good cooperation with the Dutch experts was established through couple of bilateral projects within the Dutch programme MATRA. During March, April and September 2007, three 2-day workshops were conducted with the aim of capacity building for the implementation of IPA and ESF programmes. With representatives from the Agency, in workshops representatives from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Agency for Science and Higher Education, Agancy for Adult Education, etc. participated. Within this project, a presentation for officials in the Ministry was conducted with the aim of introducing future IPA and ESF programmes and roles of the Agency and the Ministry in them.

In the end of 2007, new cooperation with the Dutch experts started through new MATRA project, and which included representatives from 2 sector councils (Agriculture, Food and Veterinary and Tourism and Hospitality), Croatian VET schools and Agency for Vocational Education and Training with similar partners from the Netherlands. Aim of this cooperation was to strengthen sector councils’ capacity with their labour market analysis, to support VET schools in development of new approaches to teaching etc.
Dutch experts participated at the conference “VET as basis for development of Croatian economy” which was held December 13th 2007 in Zagreb. Objective of this conference was to present contemporary processes of VET in Croatia with the aim of connecting it to the needs of economy. Representatives of ministries, agencies, other state institutions, representatives of educational and economic sector, unions and international experts also participated.
Agency for Vocational Education and Training was included in one more MATRA project whose beneficiary was Agency for Science and Higher Education, and it was aimed at strengthening of national ENIC/NARIC office in Croatia, and development of the system of foreign diploma accreditation. Representatives of the Agency had meetings with Dutch experts and participated at conferences and seminars.
Skills@Work is a regional British Council project implemented in 18 countries. Project promotes internationalism in VET throughout South East Europe.
Through different project activities it is tried to better connect educational system with the needs of economy and employers and to include the industry in skills development.
In Croatia, the project focus is on tourism sector, and it encompasses two components- partnerships among schools (Secondary School for Hospitality and Tourism and College for Tourism in Wales, Llandrillo) within which the work is done on development of project work with students, development of e-learning system, development of quality assurance system, development of better cooperation with employers and improvement of students’ practical classes. Also, within the project, study visits for teachers and student exchange were organised (6 students from Secondary School for Hospitality and Tourism spent one week in Wales, at school and practical classes).
Second component is closely tied to school partnerships because through cooperation with the Agency for Vocational education and Training, a handbook for VET teachers in hospitality and tourism programmes was made on the topic: Guest care. After creation of this handbook, it is planned to organise a seminar for teachers on the same subject.
Planned activities for the year 2009 are production of handbook for teachers, organisation of seminars for teachers, student exchange with Wales (arrival of students from Llandrillo College to Secondary School for Hospitality and Tourism in Zagreb), organisation of forums with employers, further work on development of e-learning materials, further work on development of project work with students and organisation of seminars about customer care for employers (hotels and tourism agencies), Hospitality and Tourism Secondary School’s partners.
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