THE STATE is set to boost young people’s interest in training in traditional trades, such as butchers or fishermen.

The Education Ministry is proposing for vocational schools to receive more money per student from the state for particular specialisations. The cabinet acknowledged the proposal at its January 8 session, according to the SITA newswire.

The ministry submitted a list of preferred specialisations along with its proposal, based on the lack of the professionals in the particular professions in the labour market. The list includes trades like mining mechanics, bakers, shoemakers, printing press operators, polygraphists, fishermen, sheep breeders and butchers.

On the other hand, the ministry also listed specialisations that produce too many graduates for the number of positions available in the labour market. These are mainly IT experts, according to the Sme daily.

The ministry’s proposal is based on the data of unemployment of graduates by the Centre for Labour, Social Affairs and Family, and on the proposals of partners from the Republican Union of Employers (RUZ) and the professional chambers, said the ministry’s spokesperson, Michal Kaliňák, as reported by Sme. He did not specify how much the state should pay for the selected study programmes.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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