Finance Oleksandr Danyliuk
and Minister of Education Lilyia Grynevych,
Deputy Minister of Finance Sergii Marchenko,
and Deputy Minister of Education Pavlo Khobzey including Program Manager of the European Training
Foundation Margareta Nikolovska held a joint meeting
with representatives of business associations and large employer companies
aiming to elaborate common strategy to funding vocational schools. The meeting
was attended by representatives of more than 30 companies from the agriculture,
metallurgy, energy, telecommunications and other sectors.
Ministry of Finance cooperates closely with the Ministry of Education on
decentralization of educational system and financing issues of vocational
schools which helps to enhance the quality of education and, as a result, to
prepare competitive and highly qualified workforce.
is a paradoxical situation when graduates cannot find jobs while labor market
suffers from a decrease of qualified workers. During the meeting new
possibilities to funding technical schools at the local level were discussed
which involve major employers whose experience is based on the best EU
Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk stated that
the financing of vocational schools which local budgets cannot provide, makes
up 1.2 billion UAH. However, the experience of European countries shows that
state budget is not the only source to fund vocational schools.
countries with successful reform of technical education, representatives of
educational institutions, local authorities, business and industry hold an
active dialogue. “The establishment of the modern system for education of
highly qualified workforce which would require no extra costs for retraining right
after graduation, lies in the interests of employers.
Therefore, the participation of employers in co-financing of vocational schools
may be the best approach to solve funding issues of vocational education. We
realize that government should make step towards those companies which support
this initiative,” Oleksandr Danyliuk
Education Lilyia Grynevych
suggested to strengthen efforts of the Ministries and
employers in order to design an optimized system of vocational education and to
avoid duplication of functions, or creation of parallel systems of education.
"The fundamental issue for us in frame of vocational education is to
preserve state funding for the secondary education. It's a different matter
that additional funding of vocational component may include state programs,
regional order (from regions and cities) or branch order (institutions,
enterprises, companies). At present time regional state administrations have to
submit to the Ministry of Education its development plans regarding vocational
education. Therefore, we will be able to analize
general picture and to take a decision regarding optimization of this network
as well as to omit duplication of specialties," Minister of Education Liliya Hrynevych stated.
Manager of the European Training Foundation Margareta Nikolovska
added that underfunding of vocational education creates problem which needs
time and involvement of different stakeholders. "Creation of the dialogue
between companies and educational system is necessary because this cooperation
leads to the development of both citizens and country," Margareta Nikolovska said.
representatives of the companies also noted a number of systematic issues in
vocational education, in particular, imbalance in volumes and educational
directions and economic needs, labour market, lack of
standards and criteria of professional education that would ensure highly
qualified workforce and satisfy employer’s demands. Generally business
representatives stated about the necessity to consider the efficiency of
workforce education at present difficult economic situation and expressed their
willingness to support vocational education and cooperate with state bodies and