The head of the republic Aisen Nikolaev, held a meeting on improving and integrated development of the secondary vocational education system in the republic, Yakutia 24 TV channel reports with the reference to the Regional Head’s Department.
Aisen Nikolaev said that improving the system of secondary vocational education was of key importance for both the transformation of the industrial sector and the entire economy of the republic. He said that the once made wrong approach in the secondary education system now led to a situation when young people are not in demand in certain industries due to the lack of modern competencies.
“We need to rebuild, change approaches and move quickly to the implementation of the improvement and integrated development of the secondary vocational education system. Our main task is to build a system with modern competitive competencies demanded in the labor market in order to ensure the growth of the regional economy in subsequent years,” Aisen Nikolaev emphasized.
Minister of Education and Science of Yakutia Vladimir Egorov said that currently, colleges and technical schools operate in 24 districts and two urban districts. They expect 100 % coverage of municipalities and urban districts of the republic with secondary vocational education after the reorganization and development of the network of structural divisions, by 2021.
He also noted that entering colleges and technical schools is in great demand among school graduates. According to the 2019 admission campaign, after the ninth grades, there were two people appealing for one place.
“We set a goal – to increase the employment rates of colleges and technical schools graduates from 53,8% in 2018 to 70% by 2024. To achieve this goal, we have begun to implement new educational projects, related to introduction of dual education, the creation of a digital educational environment, the development of targeted learning,” said Vladimir Egorov.
The meeting participants also noted that the accordance of vocational school graduates’ qualification with the requirements of the labor market, employers and customers is the main indicator of quality of professional education.
The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic and the Regional Coordination Center of the Young Professionals movement – WorldSkills Russia have developed “Formula for Success” and “Success Factors” projects that are designed to help prepare the national team for the priority competencies of secondary vocational education.