Universities in Slovakia are offering more practical training to students with the help of companies
In Slovakia, although unemployment rates are high, companies often complain about the lack of suitable skills among jobseekers. Graduates often have good theoretical knowledge, but do not know how to apply it in practice. Only a third of universities demand practical skills from their students. With this in mind, the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information is running a nation-wide project called ‘Universities as a Driving Force of the Knowledge-based Economy’, with €17 million in funding from the ESF.
Among other objectives, it aims to acquaint university students with real-life working conditions in the business world. Major enterprises are involved in the project and there are currently about 160 vacancies on offer. These involve long-term internships in areas such as applied mechanics and transport equipment.