+ Vocational schools should work as an enterprise, it was emphasised at the “Germans and French meet Brasov” event
More than 100 persons took part in the “Germans and French meet Brasov” event on Tuesday, May 24. The event was organised by the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Romania) and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania (CCIFER). The event tackled the topic of vocational education and started with the presentation of the surveys carried out by each of the two bilateral Chambers.
The representatives of the companies present at the event (Schaeffler Romania, Star Transmission, Total Romania and Industrial Montaj) emphasised that the success of cooperation between the private sector and vocational schools would not be attainable without the support given by county school inspectorates and local administration.
Companies are making intense efforts to secure qualified personnel and feel that things are moving in the right direction, but they are still facing multiple hurdles such as the mentality of parents, of pupils and of society in general in what concerns vocational education, the professionalism and attitude of the personnel working in the system, and the structure of the social system which is increasingly moving toward higher education.
The two associations presented at the event the surveys they carried out in this domain.
AHK Romania analysed the experience of German companies active in vocational education and noticed that although they have successful projects and are mostly satisfied with the vocational education graduates they hire, companies nevertheless identified sensitive points that have to be improved within the system, such as: adapting the curricula to the market’s needs, introducing new skills necessary on the labour market, getting the companies intensively involved in all of the system’s processes.
The survey carried out by CCIFER among its member companies in March-April shows that 86 of the 97 respondents want to recruit employees, 65 want to recruit them fast and 32 want to recruit more than 11 employees.
CCIFER brings together almost 500 companies with French and Romanian capital, representing 15 percent of Romania’s GDP and over 125,000 jobs.
Established in 2002, AHK Romania is the official representation of the German economy in Romania and has over 530 member companies. AHK Romania supports German companies when entering the Romanian market and Romanian companies interested in the German market.