The project “VET School Partnership Network”, implemented by Kolping Berufsbildung and the European Foundation for Education and supported by the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, sets out to strengthen the capacities in vocational education in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As the country struggles with high unemployment and disparities between vocational education offers and labour market needs, the aim of the project is that VET schools better align their training programs with labour market needs. On the long-term, they should systematically include representatives of industry, business and commerce as training partners from local and regional levels.
In the framework of the project, three vocational schools from Baden-Württemberg together with their company training partners will support three partner schools in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska.
The following VET schools will work together for the next two years to exchange best practices and to develop new learning formats:
- Kaufmännische Schule Geislingen (BW)
- Kreisberufsschulzentrum Ellwangen (BW)
- Robert-Bosch-Schule Ulm (BW)
- Srednja ekonomska škola Sarajevo (BiH)
- Srednja medicinska škola Mostar (BiH)
- Srednja strukovna škola Orašje (BiH)
On 2 October, the first day of the Kick-off event in Sarajevo, representatives of the school partnerships had the chance to get to know each other and develop their work plans for the project. On the following day, the signing of the school partnerships tookplace, followed by a round table discussion on best practices in vocational education and training projects. Among the speakers were State Minister Theresa Schopper, State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, European Foundation for Education; Ramona Neuse, Skills Expert, Delegation of the German Industry and Commerce in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Muamer Mahmutovic, President, Chamber of Economy of Sarajevo Canton; Peter Lehle, Director, Kreisberufsschulzentrum Ellwangen; Senida Čeljo, Srednja ekonomska škola Sarajevo; Alisa Gekic, Director of Service Center, Entrepreneurship and Business Association LiNK Mostar.