Croatian Schools Adjust to Labour Market Needs with New Programs

Lauren Simmonds

Students from numerous Croatian schools up and down the country will be offered the chance to be trained for positions which are more in line with the current needs of the Croatian labour market.

In seventeen Croatian counties, students enrolling in this year’s summer program will be given the option to take their education in a more practical direction in an attempt to aid the ailing Croatian economy, currently burdened with a demographic crisis, the main symptom of which is a lack of an appropriately qualified workforce.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/VLM writes on the 21st of June, 2019, what this involves is vocational interests that have never before been taught in these schools. In various secondary schools, each county has opened up new subjects by predicting the number of interested students who could enroll and start their education for occupations needed on the Croatian labour market.

Owing to the move, at the beginning of the new school year at the Prelog secondary school in Međimurje County, seven future brewers will be educated, and in a similar school in Čakovec, twenty places for budding interior decorators and ten places for shoe modellers and those who deal with leather garments will be opened.

Future high school students of a school located in Križevci will be able to, among other things, enroll to study to be computer technicians, a new class will be opened at a school in Koprivnica, where future technicians will be trained for electrical machines with applied computing, and in Đurđevac, education for potential future pedicurists will be made available.

In another Zadar school, students will be able to study to become CNC operators from autumn onwards, while in nearby Benkovac, the plans are to educate fourteen glassmasters and six chimney sweeps. In Croatia’s southernmost county, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, they have decided to offer the opportunity for future high school students to be educated as hairdressers and beauticians, according to the Croatian Ministry of Education.

Zagreb high school students will be able to enroll in a language school which will be formed in one class in which there will be places for 26 students.

In Ludbreg this autumn, six students will have the opportunity to enroll in studying to become home appliance installers and six places will be available to learn the ropes of baking and the type of work in bakeries. In Vukovar-Srijem County, new courses are open to three schools, one will teach future auxiliary chefs and confectioners, there will be 22 places for the education of future hotel and tourism technicians, and budding auxiliary administrators will also have the chance to educated.

A new class will be opened at a school in Sisak where 24 future technicians will be educated for the development of video games, and in Velika Gorica near Zagreb, there will be a new class of mechatronics technicians starting this autumn.

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