A roundtable discussion on dual and vocational training was held at the headquarters of the Hajdú-Bihar County Chamber of Commerce and Industry last week.

Among the topics discussed was cooperation between industry, vocational training and higher education institutions. State Secretary for Innovation and Higher Education Balázs Hankó said that they were working to make the fifth year of vocational training recognisable at universities.

Last year, an open day at the Schaeffler Academy gave those about to choose career insights into the work of students in dual training. Ensuring the right supply of skilled workers is also a key issue for other companies in Debrecen. Under today’s legislation, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce is also part of this process.

It oversees the quality of the training and the contact with businesses and the quality of the training courses provided there. The right tools are needed to provide the right level of practical training, preferably with modern, creative skills, Ferenc Miklóssy, President of the Hajdú-Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said.

Balázs Hankó said that when they started to reform vocational education a few years ago, they were guided by the need for craftsmen who would help strengthen the Hungarian economy and society. In essence, what this means is that the professions and vocational training should support practice. The best example of this is when theoretical knowledge is partly acquired in a vocational training centre, and then the practical training is done at a particular industrial partner in line with the dual training, he said.

The state secretary emphasised that Hungary is a leader in dual training, and indeed in vocational training as a whole. “We can proudly say that Hungarian vocational training is a champion in Europe, as the members of the Hungarian national team won five gold, one silver and four bronze medals at the European Vocational Championships in Poland, making them silver medallists in the competition between the countries. They achieved the highest scores in IT systems management”, he pointed out.

He also spoke about the cooperation between industry, universities and vocational training.

Vocational education and training provides vocational training with a school-leaving certificate, and after that, those who take part in technical training have a direct route to university. Debrecen is a good model for this because it is becoming stronger industrially, has a strong Vocational Training Centre and a university that can combine competitiveness, economic and social needs in a renewed structure, Balázs Hankó said. He pointed out that he recommends that eighth-graders choose vocational training.

Source: dehir.hu

Author: Debrecen4U