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.