Written by Kasia Pająk

On November 29, 2018, The President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, signed the Act amending the Act on the Education Law, the Education System Act and other acts adopted by Parliament. This is a big step towards the reform of VET in Poland.

What changes does the law introduce? First of all, the Act is intended to strengthen the participation of employers in vocational education and training. The Act also introduces, among others, cyclical forecasting of the demand for professions and makes the vocational examination obligatory. Pursuant to the Act, VET teachers are now required to attend training in their fields and new rules for financing VET schools come into force. The teaching load of practical training teachers has been set to 20 hours per week. The Act introduces a new form of education - the vocational skills course, and introduces a student internship. In addition to textbooks, educational materials in an electronic or hand-out version can also now be used. The Act also regulates the co-financing of employers' costs for educating students in deficit professions.

More information is available on the website of the Ministry of National Education.