Within the framework of the DOMINO project a practical guide on dual education has been prepared, which summarizes the experience gained from the Bulgarian-Swiss project, as well as the other pilot projects for dual training implemented in the country.
For the first time, the guide was presented at the Second National Conference “Dual Education – a road to opportunities on 12 June 2019, in Sofia, in which the President of BIA Mr. Radosvet Radev participated.
The guide aims to assist institutions, schools and companies in organizing and assuring the quality of dual vocational education and training. The guide reflects the legislative changes at the end of 2018, resulting from broad public support.
In Bulgaria the system of dual education started to be implemented from 2015 through pilot projects. The most comprehensive and systematically significant of them is the Bulgarian-Swiss DOMINO project implemented within the framework of the Bulgarian-Swiss Cooperation Program, together with the Ministry of Education and Science, with the support of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and the Ministry of Economy.
The Ministry of Education and Science has already made a dedicated commitment to dual education by paying students’ scholarships, which has been introduced by the DOMINO Project. Amendments in the Act for Vocational Education and Training embedded dual education in the Bulgarian educational system.
The project started in 2015 with two schools. The DOMINO total budget amounts 3 530 000 Swiss francs, including 15% co-funding from the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science. DOMINO is using mainly the experience of Switzerland, as well as the good practices of other countries and the old traditions of Bulgarian vocational education. Dual education is one of the key factors for the economic success and competitiveness of Switzerland and for the low rates of youth unemployment in the country.