Hungary - Tracking the progress of VET graduates
In 2010 the government began a complex process of restructuring the Hungarian VET system with the aim of better meeting the demands/needs of the labour market/economy and increasing the attractiveness of VET. On 1 September 2015 44 VET centres – publicly financed autonomous institutions – began to operate. One of them, the Békéscsaba Vocational Training Centre (BSZC), was created from the Békéscsaba Central Vocational School and Student Dormitory (BÉKSZI) and eight well-established vocational schools in Békéscsaba (three of them were originally part of the former BÉKSZI).
BSZC provides vocational training in engineering, architecture, electronics, business administration, information technology, transport, the timber industry, catering and tourism, healthcare, typography, law enforcement, industrial art, bilingual economic studies, structural architecture, civil engineering, railway construction and maintenance, environmental protection, water management and many more subjects. The Centre aims to meet the requirements of the economy by offering training which responds flexibly to the changing demands of the labour market. To achieve this aim, and acknowledge that choosing a career is one of the most important decisions of people’s life, the Centre bases its programmes on extensive and exact information. For the five new schools which are now part of BSZC, the Centre's Board of Directors systematically monitors the employment of the VET graduates after they complete their training – this approach was developed by the three original members of the former BÉKSZI. This career tracking system has operated successfully for several years with annual data collection. The system investigates the extent to which the training provided by the school meets the demands of the labour market and how students make use of the knowledge and skills they acquire during training. The learner response rate is high – it is over 80%.
A national system for identifying the destination of trainees after they complete vocational studies has been developed but it has not yet been implemented. The national experience shows that at the provider level, the destination of VET learners at a designated point in time after completing training is only followed up in a few institutions. The approach used by BSZC can be seen as a model for other VET centres to use.
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Békéscsabai Szakképzési Centrum/Békéscsaba VET Centre
Mr Sándor Balázs MUCSI (firstname.lastname@example.org)
5600 Békéscsaba, Gyulai út 32/1, Hungary
Alternatively contact Mrs Katalin Molnárné Stadler (Katalin.email@example.com) at the Hungarian National Reference Point
This case study was prepared in 2017 as part of the work on EQAVET+ organised by the EQAVET Network.