The national opening ceremony of the vocational education and training year in Hungary was held on Tuesday, with a speech by János Csák, Minister of Culture and Innovation. The minister said that while we cannot know what the future will bring, we can prepare for the fact that circumstances will change.
A smart person always tries to maintain his or her capacity to act, which is nothing other than the maintenance of our physical, mental, and spiritual strength, and the key to all this is learning, the minister said.
He added that
the government had radically overhauled the vocational education and training system in recent years to create an inspiring and stimulating environment that would promote learning and education.
The minister said that the Hungarian state provides free access to two professional qualifications for everyone. Hungary has 508 vocational training institutions, where more than 250,000 students study.
János Csák also noted that it was important to ensure that vocational education and training and the economy were in close and organic contact, which is why dual training was launched with 181 vocational courses and 110,000 students receiving scholarships.
Vocational education and training is a very important part of the Hungarian education system and plays an important role in the knowledge-based dimension of the economy and in increasing competitiveness. In addition, more and more companies are becoming involved in dual training, which means that they are often involved from the very beginning in the recruitment of their future employees.
The aim of the renewed vocational training is to offer opportunities for all young people, while students can acquire up-to-date skills based on requirements that reflect the needs of the economy.
Vocational schools offer three years of vocational training in a job-ready occupation, while five-year technical schools also offer a baccalaureate, making it easier to progress to higher education.
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