Who are we?
The Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (Association HVC) was founded as a public institution in 2005, when its Establishing Act was confirmed and adopted by the Slovene government. It is a professional association of higher vocational colleges on the national level. It includes 48 members (96% of all Slovene HVC institutions) all providing EQF level 5 as public or private providers. They offer their programs (31) on 25 locations across Slovenia to 99% of the national EQF level 5 students population (120 ECTS). The Association HVC main mission is to promote the interests of higher vocational education in Slovenia and beyond its borders and to contribute to the progressive development of professional higher education and professional research area. Our members do not only provide higher vocational education programmes, but also contribute to the field of applied research and professional studies as well as directly to the development of local communities and regions. The Association HVC and its members have 20 years of experience in coordination of national and international projects. Our specifics are 40% of curricula that are provided as in company work based learning and the teaching staff requirements that demand up to date professional experience and knowledge from the field of work as well as pedagogical and andragogical competencies of our teaching staff. In doing so we ensure up to date theoretical training at the institution facility and then monitored and guided in company placements with certified and qualified mentors. The result is that our graduates are 97% employed and cherished by the employers as ready to work and act graduates in comparison to their peer graduates from higher education that are experiencing a growing number of unemployment with the bachelor, master and even doctoral degrees. Our values are QUALITY – INNOVATION and ENTREPRENEURSHIP – RESPONSIBILITY – RESPECT.
Why we are participating in the project
We want to contribute to good cooperation among all stakeholders (our members, the world of work, students, authorities, national quality assurance agency etc.), therefore the Association HVC is primarily focused on the development of policy and projects in the field of EQF level 5 education and research. BUILDPHE is a project with a challenge for our institutions to analyse connection to world of work and to prepare improvements with a support of best practices from other institutions. This correlation will cover policy and strategy, teaching and learning, research, development and innovation. As Association has already a self-assessment Model for Excellence our goal is to suppot The PROCSEE Project is a way to improve our cooperation with setting up systematic structures for policy-recommendations on different fields and best-practice sharing among international partners. As such, we can gain better input for Slovenian policy makers on the fields which the PROCSEE Project is tackling: alignment of VET with regional/local economic development strategies; promotion of VET, especially to respond to identified skill shortages; organising and monitoring students’ placements in the world of work; personal Learning Environments and Further Education.
Our role in the project
The Association HVC is the consortium beneficiary and is responsible for overall management of the project, monitoring the progress within deadlines, communication between the partners and with the Executive Agency and financial management of the project. We will also co-establish a regional centre for PHE Excellence and host the first PHE Excellence Forum in 2016. On the policy making field we will be responsible for mapping the policy challenges to PHE/HVET in Slovenia. Appropriate national experts will be nominated to the thematic groups, putting together and chairing a stakeholder national mirror committee, interpreting and implementing the policy recommendations at institutional level within Slovenia, communicating policy-recommendations to high-level policymakers, organising a national stakeholder forum and participating in all project events.