More than 1150 students from 30 schools in 15 specialties are enrolled in the dual form of education for the 2022/2023 academic year. This became clear during a conference for the presentation of the results of the project “Dual training in Bulgaria” (GODUAL). The event was opened by the Minister of Economy and Industry Nikola Stojanov and Philippe Kupfer, Commercial Counsellor at the Austrian Embassy.
Minister Stojanov explained that the ministry has created an information database of enterprises in the country that are ready to employ students, and so far 79 enterprises have joined it, including 21 large companies and 58 small and medium enterprises, as well as 44 vocational schools and 2 vocational training centers.
“Austria is one of the countries in Europe with the best results in the field of dual training and our country can draw a lot of experience from it. The number of employees employed in Austrian companies in Bulgaria is 70 000, which makes the country one of the largest employers in Bulgaria,” Minister Stojanov further pointed out. He added that 10% of the largest foreign investors in the country are from Austria.
Philippe Kupfer said that 107 000 students are trained in a dual system in 28 000 companies in Austria.
Project GODUAL is part of the go-international initiative of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economics and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. Its aim is to provide the necessary qualified personnel for business through better vocational education in Bulgaria. Within the framework of the project, for the 2022/2023 academic year alone, more than 1,150 Bulgarian students from 30 schools in 15 different specialisations are involved.