At a conference today, the executive director of “Gallup International” presented data form a qualitative survey showing the perceptions of employers of the dual form of education.
The survey revealed the main difficulties and challenges facing these representatives of business who had not still taken advantage of the dual education opportunities. The presentation touched upon only a part of a large-scale project which has been developed in cooperation with the team of the “Domino” project and the Bulgarian-Swiss Cooperation Programme.
The event which was organized by the “Domino” project and the Ministry of Education and Science was greeted by H.E. Muriel Berset Kohen, Ambassador of Switzerland to Bulgaria, and by Mr. Ivan Ivanov, Director of Directorate “Central Coordination Unit” at the Council of Ministers. They acknowledged the progress on the project but also outlined the main difficulties and goals which should be addressed in the future. Ambassador Berset Kohen noted that while started as a project introducing to Bulgaria the Swiss experience and expertise in dual education “Domino” has successfully developed in Bulgarian conditions, and the majority of companies supporting and participating in the project have been Bulgarian ones.
The introduction of the dual education principles in Bulgaria has been accomplished in partnership with Switzerland. The “Domino” project advocates the vision that vocational schools should prepare highly qualified specialists whose skills correspond to the labour market. The aim is the establishment of a working model for applying the dual system to the Bulgarian education.
Later today it is expected that Minister of Education and Science Krasimir Valchev will take part in the Forum.