Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told students in vocational training schemes that Hungary strived to be a place where work is respected and “all young people can master a useful profession or obtain a useful degree”.
“This is our goal; this is why we signed an agreement with the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and this is why we will sign another agreement with them for the coming four years as well.” Europe is “put together in a way” that allows richer countries “with luckier histories” to “drain” other countries of their skilled young talent, Orbán said. “Employers in other countries also have their sights set on you,” he told the students present.
Orbán said there were two ways Hungary could respond to the brain drain of its young professionals. “On the one hand, we can be proud that Hungary’s youth can hold their own anywhere in the world … on the other, we can build a Hungary where young people have access to jobs, respectable wages, safety and the opportunity to create their own family homes.” Eventually, all countries become like their youth, Orbán said.
“And we, Hungarians want a competitive country that can compete successfully anywhere on the world stage.”
PM Orbán with Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga (r) and Head of the Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce László Parragh (l). Photo: Szigetváry Zsolt/ MTI.
Head of the Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce László Parragh said that 43 professions are represented at this year’s festival. When it was first organised 11 years ago, that number was 15, he said. Fully 67% of the companies in Hungary say there is a shortage of skilled workers, he said, adding that the “force to help the nation prosper should be strengthened.” Vocational students doing well in national competitions should have access to higher education, he said.
image via Szigetváry Zsolt/ MTI