ZAGREB, Feb 15 (Croatia Sun News) – The Cakovec Technical School received the first, HRK 30 million grant installment from a total of HRK 56 million allocated by the EU for the construction and equipment of the Regional Mechanical Engineering Centre “North”, which will be based in that school.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who attended the event in Cakovec, expressed satisfaction that significant funds were being invested in education, notably vocational education.
“There are 25 vocational schools in Croatia that operate as regional centres. We are consistently strengthening the link between education and the demands of entrepreneurs and the business sector. The possibility for the schools to get new equipment, use innovative teaching methods, get new accommodation facilities for students and teachers, and have more apprenticeships and constant teacher training – all of that is the added value of our measures and policies. We can be proud of that because progress is visible,” said the prime minister.
Aside from the grant agreements for competence centres, 186 scholarships were awarded to students of the Technical Secondary School, the Civil Engineering School, and the Secondary Vocational School from Cakovec.
Along with the prime minister, the Cakovec ceremony was attended by the Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, Darko Horvat, Minister of Labour and Pension System Josip Aladrovic, and the Minister of Science and Education, Blazenka Divjak.
Minister Divjak said that a year and a half ago the ministry decided to open 25 competence centers in all counties, in five priority areas. “It makes me happy that we are already signing agreements and awarding funding,” she said, adding that today’s event would be followed by the awarding of grant agreements for training, development of new programs and additional equipment, and that every school can obtain up to HRK 80 million.
Regional competence centers are only one part of the vocational education reform that is being implemented in parallel with the general education curricular reform and that consists of the reform of school curricula and the project of dual education, Divjak said.