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Workplace-based learning in Central and Eastern Europe – how to learn from each other?

Workshop format

The OECD Berlin Centre and IAB cordially invite you to a digital discussion.

The event language will be English.


18 March 2021, from 11:00 to 12:30


The vocational education system in Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) is mainly school-based, with schools directly linked to large industrial conglomerates in communist times. Since the transition to a market economy it has been an uphill battle to connect vocational schools and newly emerging firms for workplace-based training. In particular, the region’s many small firms struggle to offer high-quality training, given the required investments and manpower. Yet, partly inspired by investors from German-speaking countries with their strong tradition of dual vocational education workplace-based training innovations have been evolving in increasing numbers in the region. What are the success stories so far and what are hurdles for rolling out dual educational training more systematically? What can players from different countries learn from each other?


Presentation: Marieke Vandeweyer, OECD

Followed by a discussion with:

  • Tobias Bolle, Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce
  • Marcin Budzewski, Institute for Labour Market Analyses, Poland
  • Andrej Hutta, Head of Board of Employers for VET in Slovakia
  • Marián Lovás, Brose, Slovakia
  • Tomasz Mackiewicz, R&D Centre for Modern Technologies, Poland

Moderation: Nicola Brandt, OECD


Please register for this event using the registration form.

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