After Novi Sad and Leskovac, the public debate on the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Dual Education was held today in Belgrade, where the participants have reiterated that the new solutions will ensure a better quality of the educational process by connecting theory and practice and by increasing the number of hours that young people spend in the modern, real-life working environment in companies.
Director of the Office for Dual Education and the National Qualifications Framework, Prof. Gabrijela Grujić, points out that one of the most significant changes is the increase in the number of hours that young people will spend in companies. A she has underlined, in this way, young people will acquire competencies that will provide them with a certain and successful career, while companies will be provided with sustainability and innovation.
“With a greater number of hours spent in a real working environment, the chances that the company will offer employment to the young people after finishing school are also higher. Even if they do not decide to get employment in the company where they did the practical part of the teaching, with the knowledge they acquired the young people will be able to start their own business more easily,” Mrs Grujić said.
A significant change, she adds, is that employers will be able to count on a simpler procedure to enter the dual education system. It is also important, she adds, to introduce the evaluation of the quality of work-based learning, as well as to grant the status of a training centre for schools.
The public debate will be held from March 17 to April 6, 2023. The most important changes envisaged by the Draft are: the possibility of increasing the number of hours of work-based learning, namely 60 percent for three-year educational profiles and 40 percent for four-year ones; simplification of accreditation for employers for work-based learning; formation of combined classes; evaluation of the quality of work-based learning; definition of the competence and role of the Office for Dual Education and NQFS; introducing the status of a training centre for schools; introduction of the Training Alliances of Employers; legal basis for financial support for dual education.