Sector reports - Further education and skills: Bulgaria 2015

Sector reports - Further education and skills: Bulgaria 2015
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Publication Date:

June, 2015

Number of pages:

22

Type:

Downloadable PDF

Document ID:
PROD53632
Sector reports - Further education and skills: Bulgaria 2015
Sector reports - Further education and skills: Bulgaria 2015
Sector reports - Further education and skills: Bulgaria 2015

A former Communist country, Bulgaria has come a long way from its turbulent political and economic transition in the 1990s. Despite the positive developments in fiscal and financial sector stability, the underperformance of Bulgaria’s labour market has undermined the country’s economic growth potential. The shortage of skilled workers and an ageing population are major obstacles to economic growth and attracting foreign investment. Declining labour force participation, high unemployment rates, especially among the youth and low-skilled workers, reflect persistent skill mismatches, as well as the poor alignment of labour market needs with the country’s education and training systems. Vocational education and training (VET) in Bulgaria remains insufficient, and the poor quality learning environment, outdated infrastructure and limited work-based learning, have led to high drop-out rates in VET schools and many students completing VET studies without obtaining a professional qualification.

Bulgaria’s government recognises the importance of skills and workforce development, and among other priorities, aims to improve the employability of the unemployed through the development of competencies and skills. This special report provides an overview of government policy and the institutional framework for skills delivery, with intelligence on market size, structure, and the quality and scale of VET services currently available in Bulgaria. While providing an understanding of the country’s VET system, the report also highlights the challenges and opportunities for international training providers, suppliers and educators.

Bulgaria’s government recognises the importance of skills and workforce development and, among other priorities, aims to improve the employability of the unemployed, and involve them in training for the acquisition of labour market knowledge, skills and competencies.

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