Linking VET with labour market

Area of vocational education and training is the most directly and closely connected system with labour market. It is in its nature to enable acquisition of professional competencies that are relevant, modern and most importantly, supporting economy and developing it in modern and competitive way.

Planning of qualification development becomes crucial question in every educational system in Europe and the world. In order to successfully plan qualifications it is absolutely necessary to have accurate and relevant information from different sources which will facilitate decision making, whose results will have impact on entire society; individuals i lifelong learning, economy and society as a whole.
Many countries have realized the importance of harmonization of educational system on all levels with labour market needs because alternative is too costly. Therefore, the need for development of tools and mechanisms has emerged, in order to decrease the gap between education and labour market needs. Agency developed tools for planning of qualifications – sector profiles.

Sector profiles are comprehensive analytical backgrounds that for the first time in Republic of Croatia and on one location combine macro-economic indicators (data from CES, CBS, FINA, E-matica, etc.) and data from conducted survey on employer demanded competences, give basis for planning of development of educational system in order to harmonize it with labour market needs. These analyses will be at disposition to Ministry of science, education and sport, Agency, sector committees and other stakeholders for the purpose of development of vocational qualifications and vocational education as a whole, which will respond to the labour market needs.
It is necessary to well plan the development of qualifications, and activities should be based on clear, investigated data and verifiable facts. Planning of development of qualifications will enable:
  • qualifications are based on real sector demands, and not on mere impressions;
  • New qualifications respond to learner needs to much greater extent – they facilitate entry to labour market or continuation of education;
  • New qualifications have employers support because they ensure sustainability for vocational schools, therefore they have more value;
  • planning of qualifications ensures that the economy will have sufficient supply of young people with appropriate skills and knowledge that can help enterprises grow and achieve profit;
  • Resources are not spent on development and creation of qualifications that no one requires
  • New qualifications take into account macro-economic factors on national and international level, which can have impact on employment possibility in the future period;
  • New qualifications develop skill that will be required by individuals in 5 to 10 years from now, when economic situation may be entirely different.
In order to have planning of qualifications carried out in most systematized way, Agency devised and tested number of key steps in research that can be applied in all vocational sectors in the Republic of Croatia. Development of sector profiles is the final result.
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