The number of basic vocational schools’ graduates has been constantly decreasing during the last years (from 2704 students in 2016 to 2388 in 2018). Moreover, more than 48% of employers have difficulties finding young employees and, when they do, they need to invest in their training themselves.
These are some of the reasons why the Polish government has been working on amendment to Polish VET law. And, finally, on the 29th of November 2018 the President signed the new law. The changes will be applied from the 1st of September 2019.
In general, the cooperation between VET institutions and companies is aimed to be strengthened. Among the most important changes will be:
- Huge part of the training will take place not at the school’s building, but at the employer’s premises
- Employers will pay for the education of the young person and, after 3 years and the vocational exam, will be refunded for that amount. The student will also be paid for the work.
- Passing the VET exam and gaining formal qualifications by a student will be mandatory in order to graduate from school
- Not only students, but also theoretical teachers will be obliged to be trained at the workplace on a regular basis
- The funding for VET schools with most needed faculties will be increased
These are some of the changes. For more news we advise you to read this article (in Polish):