The Memorandum of Cooperation in the Development of Elements of Dual Education in Secondary Vocational Education in Serbia, leading to a significant decrease in the number of unemployed youth, was signed at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia on 9 February.
The goal of the Memorandum is Austrian support to Serbia for introducing dual education, signed by the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria Sebastian Kurz, the President of the Austrian Economic Chamber Christoph Leitl, the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Srđan Verbić and the president of the CCIS Marko Čadež.
Čadež explained that the Memorandum establishes the framework for long-term cooperation with Austrian colleagues regarding the reform of secondary vocational education in Serbia. He said they would transfer their experience, with the greatest support to be provided by Austrian companies doing business in Serbia, already having experience with this type of education.
The Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Srđan Verbić noted the excellent cooperation with Austrian representatives, stating one of the key tasks is developing a vocational education model corresponding to the situation in Serbia.
The President of the Austrian Economic Chamber Christoph Leitl promised that Austria and his institution will do everything to make Serbia the best example for dual education in Europe. He said that Europe is facing a large problem with youth unemployment, whereas this problem is nearly non-existent in countries that have dual education. The best recipe for combating youth unemployment is a combination of training in enterprises and schools. He said that dual education in Serbia is in its infancy and is yet to grow, and Austria will help with this.