Prime Minister Viktor Orbán - Photo: PMO

Orbán: Government continuously reforming vocational training

The government is continuously reforming vocational training, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his opening address at the 16th festival for vocational schools in Budapest on Monday, adding that the number of vocational school applicants has been rising for years, and their academic performance was also improving.

Six out of ten students choose vocational training after elementary school, with technical schools being the most popular type of school, Orbán told the opening of the Vocational Star Festival organised by the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MKIK).

The introduction of dual vocational training has also proven useful, both for businesses and the country’s economic growth, the prime minister said. The rise in the number of applicants and the improving academic performances show that the new system has also worked out well for students and their families, he said.

Those who want further training can acquire middle management skills alongside their vocational qualifications, Orbán said, adding that those who complete a five-year programme have an advantage if they choose higher education with a specialisation.

Addressing students, Orbán said the key to success was curiosity, creativity, perseverance and cooperation.

Though schools and the school system are often criticised in Hungarian public discourse, even though there are improvements to be made, they should not be underestimated, the prime minister said.

Success by Hungarian students at home and in the international arena is a testament to Hungarian education, Orbán said, praising teachers for their support for students.

Orbán told students they did not have to leave Hungary, as Western and Eastern businesses are both present in the Carpathian Basin together with Hungarian companies.

Hungarian vocational and organisational skills, and will can be used to build a country that is a good place to live, work, start a family and raise children, Orbán said.

The prime minister thanked the teachers, mentors and staff working in the vocational training system and wished students, their teachers and families the best of luck.

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