Ninth and tenth graders from disadvantaged backgrounds and with good academic results can apply for the Apáczai scholarships, Gáborné Pölöskei, Deputy State Secretary for Vocational Education and Training, said in a statement issued by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology on Tuesday.
In addition to financial incentives, the program will also provide talent support for young people through the involvement of mentors, with HUF 3 billion of funding, she added.
The amount of the scholarship will range between 16,000 and 34,000 forints per month, depending on the academic results, Pölöskei said.
Since autumn 2020, students in vocational education and training have been entitled to a general scholarship of HUF 8,000 to 16,000 per month, depending on the type of school. In addition, Apáczai scholarship holders receive extra support and mentoring to help them develop their talents, the ministry states.
The government is making vocational education and training better, more flexible and more practical. One of the basic conditions for this is a greater appreciation of teachers, so their salaries were increased by an average of 30 percent in the summer of 2020. A competitive and motivating pay system will make it easier to attract professionals working in enterprises to the training sector and increase the number of potential mentors.
Gáborné Pölöskei stressed that the launch of the Apáczai Scholarship Program is yet another strong argument to encourage more bright and talented young people to choose vocational training.