Between the 18th and 21st of November, the project representatives of the Connected Through Mobility project met in Győr, Hungary, to talk about the education and training system in the Western Balkans and Central European countries. Partners exchanged information on the situation in the respective countries and gained an overview of the startup ecosystem in the hosting town.
After the welcome remarks from MeOut Vice-President Bence Labossa, the first speaker Reila Bozdo, representative of the organisation Changemakers Albania and Director of the Tirana Esthetics and Style School (TESS), introduced the topic “Tackling youth unemployment by providing internships”, with a focus on the educational system in Albania and the current situation regarding the students’ apprenticeship.
The second speaker, Tamás Tüske, President of StartItUp, introduced the startup ecosystem in Győr and his positive experience on hosting students in his company. Following, Szabolcs Horváth, Director of Flowfactor Ltd., described in detail the cooperation between businesses and the Vocational Education System in Hungary, underlining the improvements done during the past years on the sector and the introduction of the Quality Management System for companies. In the second half of the conference, the representative of the organisation Kosovo Education Centre, Ms Valbona Fetiu Mjeku, introduced the research “Attendance of students’ professional practice/work-based learning in companies”, talking about the practices in linking VET with business and mobility. The first day concluded with a teacher from TESS, Ms Enxhisa Shurdha, who showed how to connect Higher Education Institutions with business to “produce” efficient employees and entrepreneurs.
On the second day, the speakers were Silvia Sakáčová, director of the secondary vocational school of Agrotechnical and Gastronomic Services in Pribeník, and Edina Bodnár, president of Ignis Plus. They showed how they could apply for in-country and international projects and improve students’ learning environment thanks to the EU funds in Slovakia. Ms Sakáčová presented the good practices of the school and how the projects supported the school to develop its innovative areas.
The last speaker was Katarina Hazuchová, an independent analyst, who gave a final overview of the integration of innovation in the dual education system.
The conference was closed by the final remarks of Mr Labossa and with a project coordinators’ meeting regarding the follow-up events and upcoming mobilities to be held in the Connected Through Mobility project.