Association of Slovene Higher Education Colleges (SKUPNOST VSS)
Who are we?
The Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (Association HVC) was founded as a public institution in 2005, when its Establishing Act was confirmed and adopted by the Slovene government. It is a professional association of higher vocational colleges on the national level. It includes 48 members (96% of all Slovene HVC institutions) all providing EQF level 5 as public or private providers. They offer their programs (31) on 25 locations across Slovenia to 99% of the national EQF level 5 students population (120 ECTS). The Association HVC main mission is to promote the interests of higher vocational education in Slovenia and beyond its borders and to contribute to the progressive development of professional higher education and professional research area. Our members do not only provide higher vocational education programmes, but also contribute to the field of applied research and professional studies as well as directly to the development of local communities and regions. The Association HVC and its members have 20 years of experience in coordination of national and international projects. Our specifics are 40% of curricula that are provided as in company work based learning and the teaching staff requirements that demand up to date professional experience and knowledge from the field of work as well as pedagogical and andragogical competencies of our teaching staff. In doing so we ensure up to date theoretical training at the institution facility and then monitored and guided in company placements with certified and qualified mentors. The result is that our graduates are 97% employed and cherished by the employers as ready to work and act graduates in comparison to their peer graduates from higher education that are experiencing a growing number of unemployment with the bachelor, master and even doctoral degrees. Our values are QUALITY – INNOVATION and ENTREPRENEURSHIP – RESPONSIBILITY – RESPECT.
Why we are participating in the project
Our main goal is to contribute to higher apprenticeship quality of apprenticeship, to promote a smoother transition from education to work for young people, giving them a good start to their working careers. We are aware that Apprenticeships at PHE level provide students with opportunities to build up new skills and knowledge both on and off the job, while providing companies a reliable way to evaluate and shape potential future hires, while at the same time benefiting from new perspectives which can only be offered by students straight out of education. However, despite their clear advantages, apprenticeship systems are extremely challenging to manage. We want to improve monitoring and measurement systems for apprenticeships. The SAT project is a way to improve apprenticeship process and prepare comparable measurement system for quality and for outcomes. We will create a Technology roadmap for apprenticeship management and a Course on apprenticeship management.
Our role in the project
The Association HVC is the consortium beneficiary and is responsible for overall management of the project, monitoring the progress within deadlines, communication between the partners and with the Executive Agency and financial management of the project. We will contribute research existing systems for managing apprenticeships and identify risk factors. We have the main role in programming a model system and integrating feedback. We will also recruit stakeholders to national workshops, prepare and organize national workshop to implement and test the tool.