Labor & Education

Government launches new scholarships for vocational training

Starting this school year, the new vocational training scholarship system is being launched together with a renewed vocational training system.

The vocational training scholarship system aims to ensure that all students receive support, but the benefits are also tied to a student’s number of absences and results achieved, said Gáborné Pölöskei, Deputy State Secretary for Vocational Training at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology.

Approximately 73,000 students will be enrolled in technical schools and vocational schools in Grade 9 and Grade 13 for the 2020/21 school year. More than 50,000 of these attending technical schools will receive a scholarship of HUF 8,000 per month during the period of basic education. Students in vocational schools will receive HUF 16,000 per month, she explained.

The total monthly amount of scholarship money available for students in technical schools is more than HUF 435 million, while the amount available for students in vocational schools exceeds HUF 300 million per month. In total, about HUF 8 billion will be spent on scholarships in this school year, the deputy secretary of state indicated.

Pölöskei emphasized that this school year is a milestone in the history of vocational education in Hungary, as new entrants can learn in a renewed, more flexible vocational training system that takes the needs of the economy into account, she said.

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