Meeting 21. and 22. June 2021 at “Srednja škola metalskih zanimanja” (“High school of Metalworking crafts”), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Srednja škola metalskih zanimanja” is located in a big building in the center of Sarajevo. It is very old – 130 years old – and was the first technical school in the Bosnian territory during the Austrian-Hungarian imperium. Civil engineering and forestry were the first fields to provide professional training for. It is a school with many proud traditions and a good reputation.

“High school of Metalworking crafts” provides 3- and 4-years programs for students 15-18 years old. Vocational education lasts three years and it deals with all sorts of metalworking crafts such as car mechanic, metal sheet workmanship, welding, central heating and gas installations, water supply and sanitation installation and CNC machining technologies (HASS certified training center) (teething and milling). It also educates technicians (4-year program) in automotive field, mechatronics (general) and aviation (engine and aircraft maintenance) (ESA certified PART 147 program).

 It is the only school in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which teaches the old traditional handcrafts although not a very big number of students apply for these educations. Most of those who do, are children of parents who are having shops in the field of these handcrafts. Jewelry is the most popular handcraft among the students.

Practical training: Only a small part of the practical training is taking place at companies – the most part takes place at the school.  Sometimes visits to companies are organized for the students to see how it is to work there.

The school has 60-70 employees, app. 50 of them are teachers, most of them are machine engineers with university educational background.

The school has app. 250 students. It is offering a large spectrum of educations and subject to attract students. It also tries to promote its talented students. Every year, new educations/subjects are added to meet demands, and others are taken out. “High school of Metalworking crafts also provides adult education: Employees having worked at least two years at a company can have supplementary training here. The training is not free but must be paid for.

Challenges regarding attracting students: Parents prefer to send their children to gymnasium.  (Gymnasiums in Bosnia are all general high schools). It is more prestigiously than VET, in spite of the fact that actually there is a need – and a lack – of persons with VET education, for instance of good carpenters and welders. The Slovenian participants mentioned that it is the same in Slovenia.

Before the war in the 1990’ies, there were strong industries in Sarajevo and companies gave stipendiums to students to attract them for future employment, however, now this has totally changed.

As to previous participation in projects, the school has participated in several (but none with EU grants). Examples of projects: exchange of students with French school and ecological school project.

The school has also started teaching entrepreneurship. This year is the first year with this activity. Here, the challenge is the mindset of students.

Efforts are made to communicate knowledge of national history and culture to the students. The school has a library with not only technical book but literature of fiction and history.


The Slovenian participants showed a presentation of their school and also a video that has been produced to promote it. Among others, they informed about their experience with work-based learning, training of mentors at companies and education programs that give access to higher education. In Slovenia there are also higher vocational schools (tertiary short cycle education) within school centers. (The Slovenian presentation is attached). The Bosnians informed that the VET sector in Bosnia cannot provide programs that give access to higher education.

The dialogue between the Slovenian and Bosnian participants about how their cooperation will take place (regarding mobilities and trainings) was initiated and will continue during the kick off meeting in Denmark.

Regarding VET4WB project the director has informed about it and have approved substitute teachers for the teachers who will take part in mobilities

It was discussed that it might be a good idea to invite a representative from the Ministry to the kick off in Denmark. To give an impression of what dual VET system actually is and to give a feeling g of ownership to the VET4WB project

The four Bosnian teachers expressed their wishes regarding what they want to gain from the project:

  • Learn about the new technology, the equipment, the processes in the EU countries. How is it used there? Be able – after that – to communicate a different picture of the professions, which the technical schools educate for. To be able to tell that these jobs are not any longer so dirty and hard
  • See the differences between own school level and others’ “We have shown you the best we have here. Now we want to compare us with you”
  • Compare IT software. See how it is in EU and try to implement it in Bosnia. “We know we are behind. I myself try to use the new things but our systems do not support it”
  • Get support for developing curriculum “Ours is 20-25 years old. When we have seen examples of other curricula, we can change ours”
  • See how the DUAL education system in VET works in practice
  • See how entrepreneurship is being taught
  • Go abroad and see and learn new things! “All the new things we have here come from ideas we got when we travelled. We need to see new things, get new ideas, adapt to our own system and implement here”
  • Use the participation in the project to get a stronger position when it comes to influence decisions taken at higher levels


Mobilities: Students can stay at the student dorm in Kranj. Teachers at a motel nearby. It will not be difficult to find students with sufficient English knowledge. However, teachers need a brush-up course. We must be aware of insurance and make certificates.

Finally, it was decided during the meeting that “Sticting Landstede” from the Netherlands will be the secondary partner of “High school of Metalworking crafts.

Partner: SOSU Østjylland

Country: Denmark

Contact person: Bodil Mygind


SOSU Østjylland is a major VET college in basic social and health care. The VET programs are based on the dual training principle: Theoretical and practical education at the college alternates with practical training in an approved company. This ensures that trainees acquire theoretical, practical, general and personal skills, which are in demand on the labour market. The college works in close cooperation with employers and is very experienced in mobilities, international cooperation and export of VET expertise. Its international strategy specifies that mobilities should support the personal and professional development of learners and staff and strengthen the organisation. Three staff members have been specialized in international cooperation. They are fulfilling tasks for Danish ministries and private companies in this field as a part of their job for the college. These staff will work in V4WB. The person to be manager of the project has extensive experience as project leader and key expert in projects in Albania, Russia, the Baltic States, Poland and Turkey and lately experience from ERASMUS+ KA2 and KA3 projects. This experience is crucial for leading a project with a big and varied consortium as this one.

Partner: Centro de Formación de Administración y Hostelería, S.L.

Country: Spain

Contact person: Eva Díaz


Centro de Formación de Administración y Hostelería, S.L.  delivers in-service, initial and adult vocational training. It has two principal objectives: a) modernize and internationalize the institution through incoming and outgoing student and staff transnational mobility; b) participate in European and international co-operation projects. Ten of the tertiary level students do a thirteen-week internship in a foreign country each year. Around seven members of staff go on five-day mobility programmes that make an important contribution to their professional growth and degree of job satisfaction. It offers courses in hospitality and tourism and works closely together with Cebanc, which is offering administration, business and marketing, health and computer science. Two staff members from this partner will work in this project. One of them has a big experience with all aspects and challenges of mobilities; the other one has expertise within VET pedagogy.

Partner: Alternative Pro

Country: Albania

Contact person: Giancarlo Milanese


Alternative Pro is one of the largest and best-established centers of learning in Albania. It educates fashion designers, hairdressers, managers, make-up artists, operators, tourism operators, and marketing specialists. It organizes courses for young women that cannot frequent schools because of economic and social problems in rural zones of Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia. The Albanian partner will select for the project activities, staff that are not only professionally and pedagogically competent but also open-minded, ready for changes and for sharing experiences with colleagues and others.


Partner: EfVET, European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Country: International NGO (officially registered under Belgian law)

Contact person: Stefano Tirati


EfVET, European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training is a European umbrella organization of 220 technical and vocational education and training providers from 35 countries. It represents directly the views of its members on VET issues to all the European Union Institutions and Bodies and responds to all appropriate consultation processes. Staff from the organisation to take part in this project, will be persons with experience in dissemination and staff who has participated in the INTERVET Balkan project.

Partner: Tradium

Country: Denmark

Contact person: Anne Birthe Mortensen


Tradium is a large VET provider with a broad spectrum of programs. It has very good connection to companies in the region and knows the needs of the labour market very well. All its VET programmes except one have the dual system (theoretical and practical education at the college alternates with practical training in an approved company). It has a well-established “guidance-center” as well as a team of company councellors, employed at the college. Furthermore, the local municipality has established its youth guidance center on its facilities. The organisation has experience from participation in projects aiming at attracting girls and woman to traditionally male dominated educations. Two staff members will work in the project. One of them is very experiences in counselling and career guidance, cooperation with companies and attracting females to male professions and the other is a teacher, educated in Kosovo and very familiar with the conditions on Western Balkan.


Partner: Šolski center Kranj

Country: Slovenia

Contact person: Nataša Kristan Primšar


Šolski center Kranj offers VET education in informatics, electro-technics, electro-energetics, mechatronics, economy, services and civil engineering. Educational work takes place in modern lecture halls, classrooms, laboratories and workshops. It has signed agreements with more than 300 companies and organizations where pupils and students can perform practical training. The organisation has staff experienced with the development of VET in Slovenia in the period from being a part of the socialist Yugoslavia to becoming an EU member stat with a liberal economy. This experience of going through transformation and adapting to new conditions is a competence that is relevant to share with the Western Balkan countries. Other relevant staff for this project is the teachers with teach subjects that are also common among our Balkan partners.

Partner: Stichting Landstede

Country: The Netherlands

Contact person: Lambert Smit


Stichting Landstede has 20.000 students and offers a wide range of vocational programmes. It has built up a sustainable relationship with companies, schools and other kind of organisations not only locally, but also internationally. It provides competence-based education that gives students the opportunity to work on their own talents and is one of the leading organisations in this field in the Netherlands, where competence-based learning is being used in all VET. Staff with experience in competence-based learning will be involved in this project as well as staff with expertise in international cooperation.

Partner: Secondary Vocational School of Electrical Engineering ‘’Vaso Aligrudic’’ Podgorica

Country: Montenegro

Contact person: Selma Šabotic


Secondary Vocational School of Electrical Engineering ‘’Vaso Aligrudic’’ Podgorica uses the latest educational programs and technology, implementing workshops and trainings to contribute the quality of teaching methods and to provide expert qualification for students and continuous development for teachers. It is licensed for adult education and uses educational programs (Construction and maintenance of electronic safety systems, installation and maintenance of electro-communicational systems, Repair and maintenance of electronic commercial devices etc.) implemented by new methodology. The Montenegrin partner will select for the project activities, staff that are not only professionally and pedagogically competent but also open-minded, ready for changes and for sharing experiences with colleagues and others.

Partner: Upper secondary technical school “Shaban Spahija”

Country: Kosovo

Contact person: Arben Gjikolli

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Upper secondary technical school “Shaban Spahija” has about 1.000 students and offers VET education within electrical engineering, machinery, construction, and textiles. It has compiled a memorandum of understanding with local enterprises in order to define duties and responsibilities for internships. The Kosovo partner will select for the project activities, staff that are not only professionally and pedagogically competent but also open-minded, ready for changes and for sharing experiences with colleagues and others.


Country: Cyprus

Contact person: Anna Nicolaou


STANDO is a research and educational organisation, dedicated to the advancement of research and innovation and is, at the same time, an approved VET Centre (VET provider).It actively participates in the planning and implementation of national and international projects, aiming at providing innovative solutions that facilitate the development of people and the cohesion of societies. Its strength primarily lies in a highly qualified team and its extended network of international partners. For this project, the organisation will involve staff that are experts in dissemination, quality assurance, entrepreneurship fostering and innovation.


Partner: High school of Metalworking crafts

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Contact person: Elmedin Lukač


High school of Metalworking crafts offers 3 years´ vocational education in all sorts of metalworking crafts such as car mechanic, metal sheet workmanship, welding, central heating and gas installations, water supply and sanitation installation, CNC machining technologies, jewelry crafts, among others. It also educates technicians in automotive field, mechatronics and aviation (engine and aircraft maintenance). The Bosnian partner will select for the project activities, staff that are not only professionally and pedagogically competent but also open-minded, ready for changes and for sharing experiences with colleagues and others.