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National reforms in vocational education and training and adult learning


14.Ongoing reforms and policy developments

14.3National reforms in vocational education and training and adult learning

Last update: 27 November 2023



There have been no reforms to date in this area.




Action plan for the Strategy of lifelong learning and counselling for the years 2022-2024;

On April 21, 2022, the Government of the Slovak Republic approved the Action Plan for the Strategy for Lifelong Education and Counselling for the years 2022-2024 (Akčný plán k Stratégii celoživotného vzdelávania a poradenstva na roky 2022 – 2024). The task of this document is to elaborate and specify the measures approved in the Strategy for the given period of the coming years 2022-2024. 

The action plan contains a plan of activities for the specified time period, which is based on the defined thematic areas of the Strategy and the measures proposed in them. Each measure contains a proposal for a set of activities aimed at achieving the goals of the given measure, as well as the overall goals of the Strategy, output indicators, institutions involved in their implementation, and an indication of possible financial resources. Financing of the activities is planned to a large extent from EU funds from the programme period 2021-2027 through the Slovakia Programme. 

The action plan also includes measures to support professional training and education of adults. Arrangements were made for 

  • the implementation of the programme of lower secondary vocational education with an integral part of completing elementary school and the creation of an educational program for obtaining lower secondary education - second chance education,
  • support for capacity building of Centres of Excellence in vocational education and training
  • the introduction of short educational study programmes and their incorporation into the quality system of universities,
  • the creation of a comprehensive system for tracking high school and university graduates in Slovak conditions, including its institutional security,
  • supporting civic education of adults by creating the concept of the Regional Center for Lifelong Education and Counseling at VÚC and supporting entities providing civic education,
  • improving the quality of lifelong guidance: create and introduce a quality standard for career guidance providers, introduce accreditation for career guidance providers, introduce accreditation of career advisers, create a National Skills Framework for career management and develop information tools to support lifelong guidance,
  • individual education accounts as a tool for individualized support of individuals in further education (retraining) and a pilot scheme for strengthening the motivation of adults to participate in education.




Project ONE


The State Institute of Vocational Education (ŠIOV) (SK) presented the „Project ONE“ (SK) for the years 2021 - 2023, the task of which is to improve the quality of adult education. It focuses in particular on counseling services, promotion, active participation of adults in education, as well as verification of non-formal education. Its activities have an international character - they create and interconnect networks of its providers in Italy, Portugal and Slovakia.

Its main activities are:

  • mapping examples of good practice in adult education
  • organizing mutual Peer Review providers of this type of education
  • development, implementation, piloting and evaluation of the Capacity Building Strategy
  • support for adult education organizations as well as learners themselves


Source: State Institute of Vocational Education: Project ONE (SK) (last accessed 05/05/2021)