Companies Engaging in Dual VET: Do Financial Incentives Matter?

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What is the Purpose of the Discussion Note?

The discussion note aims to foster a well-informed and differentiated discussion of the topic in the context of development cooperation. It offers basic information and outlines a set of key questions that helps structuring the analysis of a specific country/context.

Who Benefits from the Publication?

The discussion note supports donors, project collaborators and other stakeholders in the field of VET when dealing with the topic of (financial) incentives for companies.

Who is Behind it?

The discussion note has been written by Mag. Kurt Schmid (ibw Austria – Research & Development in VET), on behalf of the DC dVET.

What Does the Discussion Note Provide?

The discussion note

  • outlines basic design options for financial subsidies, without assessing their potential advantages and drawbacks;
  • reflects on the pros and cons of providing financial support to training companies and summarizes the key questions to be taken into consideration when making an assessment;
  • presents the approaches regarding incentive schemes from the following countries:
    – the DC dVET member countries, i.e. Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland; and
    – two European countries that have recently introduced dual elements into their VET systems, i.e. Slovak Republic and Hungary.
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Voices from the Field

Explore some reflections and feedbacks from practitioners on the topic of financial incentives and the Discussion Note:

Interview on Financial Incentives for Companies to Engage in dual VET in Serbia

During the last years, Serbia has been implementing a far-reaching reform of its VET system, including the introduction of dual elements. Austria, Germany and Switzerland are supporting Serbia in this process and signed a MOU in 2017 to further enforce their strong collaboration. Whether or not paying financial incentives to engage companies in dual VET is and was a topic that all three partners have been confronted with and have a clear opinion about. Read their detailed statements on the topic in the context of Serbia in our interview with them.


Interview with GIZ, SDC & WKÖ, Serbia

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