Prospects for secondary vocational education development in Russia were discussed in Ufa
The online Forum of the chairmen of associations of professional educational organizations directors of the Volga Federal District took place in Ufa on November 18.
The Forum was attended by the Director of the State Policy Department in the Field of Secondary Vocational Education and Vocational Training of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation Viktor Neumyvakin, Minister of Education and Science of Bashkortostan Aibulat Khazhin, representatives of state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation in the field of education, Chairmen of Councils/Associations of Directors of Professional Educational Organizations of the Volga Federal District, heads of professional educational organizations of the district.
The Forum participants discussed the prospects for the development of secondary vocational education in Russia.
According to Viktor Neumyvakin, there has been an increase in interest in the system on the part of students in recent years. If in 2018 in Russia 990 school graduates entered colleges and technical schools, this figure increased to 1 million 200 thousand in 2020.
For example, the Republic of Bashkortostan ranks first in the Volga Federal District in terms of the number of professional educational organizations — there are 95 colleges in the region. About 104 thousand students study under the secondary vocational education programs; this is almost half of the population aged 15 to 19, said the Minister of Education of the Republic of Bashkortostan Aibulat Khazhin. In the previous admission company, the competition for educational institutions was up to 31 people per place; a year earlier, 15 applicants competed for one vacant place in colleges.
It was noted at the Forum that the growing popularity of specialized secondary education is also explained by the changes taking place in the secondary education system itself. The material and technical base of colleges is being modernized; workshops are being created and equipped. Thus, since the beginning of implementing the “Young Professionals” program of the Education National Project, over 500 million rubles have been attracted to modernize the system in Bashkortostan. 43 workshops equipped with modern material and technical base have been opened in the republic. In 2021, their number will reach 67. In December, an Advanced Professional Training Center will be opened in Bashkiria. It already works in the field of vocational guidance for schoolchildren of 6-11th grades.
In the region, work is underway to conclude agreements with leading companies and employers to train qualified personnel for the economy's leading sectors. In 2017, 67% of graduates were employed, in 2020 — 69%.
The Forum featured master classes presenting the best practices for implementing regional programs of secondary vocational education.