ˈI Canˈ and ˈI Can Do Betterˈ
As employers in Bulgaria are often hesitant to invest in training their staff, the National Employment Agency launched the 'I Can' project to motivate workers themselves to take more control of their careers and get involved in lifelong learning. Through the 'I Can' project, any employed person could apply and receive a voucher for key-competences training and/or a course leading to professional qualifications – according to their wishes and needs.
Training for professional qualifications was delivered by over 540 education centres, and key-competence teaching took place in more than 720 training organisations throughout the country. In the first two phases of the 'I Can' project, 140 000 employees took part, while in the follow-on 'I Can Do Better' project, a further 81 000 participants were expected by the end of 2013. In total, more than 221 000 employees participated in the project.