Labor & Education

Hungary’s vocational training has been a success, with technicians becoming increasingly popular

The Hungarian government's aim is to make young people the winners of the future, so it has modernized and adapted vocational education and training to meet demand.

Based on the application data, more than 42 percent of applicants chose institutions offering both vocational training and a baccalaureate, outperforming any other type of school, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology told MTI.

In the new, more flexible vocational education and training system, eighth-graders can now choose between technical schools offering a qualification for university or vocational schools providing deeper professional knowledge.

After two years of foundation training in five-year technical schools and one year in three-year vocational schools, they can make a more informed choice about which occupation best suits their plans and skills.

New entrants to vocational education and training receive a general monthly grant of HUF 8,000 to HUF 16,000. For those who continue their training in a dual system, in cooperation with a company, this is replaced by a wage of almost HUF 100,000. 

An important new feature is a career-start grant, paid for the first time last year to those who pass a vocational exam. At the end of the last academic year, around 800 people received an average of HUF 230,000, the vast majority of them having achieved good exam results.

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