02 SES 07 B, VET: Working Together
The increase of the attractiveness of vocational education and training (VET) is one of the educational priorities of Latvia (CoM 2009a, CoM, 2010a, Parliament, 2014). Legal and structural reforms are being implemented quite fast in the field of VET in Latvia. In order to align VET to the needs of the labour market, the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES) of Latvia has launched the development of a new work-based learning model. Work based professional education is currently also one of the European Union educational and employment policy priorities. In the last years, Latvian employers' involvement in the development and improvement of vocational education notably increased; this was mainly due to the establishment Sectoral expert councils and promoting the establishment of Convents in all vocational schools (Latvian Chamber of Commerce, 2012).
After the optimization of the system there are 23 VET institutions (VETIs) in Latvia which are subordinated to the MoES. 17 of them have the status of competence centres of vocational education.
While this process is being implemented, it seems important to grasp the opinions of representatives of VETIs about V ET attractiveness and the impact of recent reforms on it. Therefore, the research questions of this study were: what are the opinions of VETIs representatives about the current attractiveness of VET in Latvia and the aspects that negatively impact it? What do they think about the impact of recent VET reform on VET attractiveness?
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