Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said today that around 4,500 students are involved in the dual education system and that that number would be increased to between 30,000 or 40,000.
Vucic and Austrian President, Alexander van der Bellen attended the signing of the contract between the representatives of seven Austrian logistics and freight forwarding companies operating in Serbia with the Technical School in Zemun.
Based on this agreement, 30 students will be educated as technicians and managers in the companies Gebruder Weis, Cargo Partners, Lagermax, Schenkel, Kuhne and Nagel, Quehenberger and DM.
President of the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, Marko Čadež, said that the contracts on dual education “are the crowning achievement and the basis for firm cooperation between schools and companies”.
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“A lot has been done in terms of dual education and to enable young people to acquire their skills in companies where they are going to be introduced to the latest achievements and modern skills“, said Čadež.
The Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of Austria, Richard Schenz, said that there was still a lack of skilled labour in Serbia.
He added that Austria has had a good experience in dual education. “The good economic relations between the two countries have encouraged companies from Austria to open their branches in Serbia and they want to stay there in the long run,” said Schenz, adding that it is very good that Serbia has begun reforming its education system, which is the basis for further development.
A representative of Gebrüder Weis, Dragan Simovic, said the company had been participating in dual education in Austria for 80 years and that more than 5,000 students have been educated in that way.
“We currently have 233 students who are trained in 30 locations around the world,” Simovic said.
Austria’s support for the development of dual vocational education in Serbia is realized through the DualVET project implemented by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce with the financial support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) since October 2017.
The project, worth 1,800,000 euro, was launched following the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation in February 2016 between the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, on one hand, and the Federal Ministry for European, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, on the other.
(Novi Magazin, 18.10.2018)
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