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Transforming Vocational Training: from Classroom to Enterprise

Danube Seminar organized by the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry

24 project partners from 14 countries, thus covering the entire Danube region, participated at the first seminar of the Learning by Doing Project. The three-day long series of events organized by the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (hereinafter referred to as BKIK) in the end of January and the beginning of February is part of the Danube Strategy with a total budget of EUR 2.3 million. The implementation phase ends in June 2019.  

The INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme, a subsidized program of strategic importance, entered its implementation phase on 1st January 2017. The total budget of the project is EUR 2.3 million, the implementation phase ends in June 2019. 24 project partners from 14 countries – covering the entire Danube region – participate at the project launching discussions taking place between 30th January and 2nd February 2017 at the BKIK headquarters.

BKIK plays an active role in the implementation of the Strategy for the Danube Region: the “Learning by Doing” project was initiated by BKIK as a leading partner and is aiming at capacity building and the modernization of vocational training, focusing on the vocational training related players of the Danube Region.

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region is destined for aligning development policies in 11 fields of interest in order to improve the interconnectedness of the region, promote environmental protection, improve welfare and prosperity, and strengthen the region. This goal is supported by the activities of the Danube Chambers of Commerce Association (hereinafter referred to as DCCA), the international organization of BKIK comprising 20 regional chambers. The annual general assembly of the Danube Chambers of Commerce Association will be organized in 2017 under the leadership of the Hungarian presidency, closely connected to the program schedule of the 6 year-old Danube Forum, on 17th October. The chambers of DCCA constitute the basis of the “Learning by Doing” project – there are altogether 8 DCCA member chambers participating therein.

In his welcoming speech Dr Zoltán Kiss, president of the Chamber emphasized: the Budapest Chambers of Commerce and Industry, in order to highlight the importance of venture oriented approach in Hungarian vocational training and adult education, will play a liaising role between educational institutions and the entrepreneurial community. Students participating in the vocational training will be introduced to the SME sector where the interested ones can familiarize themselves with various trades with the help of experienced professionals and appropriate technical conditions. BKIK is in close cooperation with the National Office of Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning, vocational training centres, schools, hands-on training venues, as well as with the vocational training institutions and business associations focusing on professions of major importance from the aspects of economic development. These good professional relations are indispensable for the establishment and professional cooperation of the interest group to be implemented within the frameworks of the “Learning by Doing” project.

At the launching event of the “Learning by Doing” project there were almost 100 guests participating at the seminar entitled “The Transformation of Vocational Training: from Classroom to Enterprise”, including the representatives of the European Commission, and those of various other renowned international and Hungarian vocational training institutions.