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Education opportunities open up in Europe in nearly 800 programmes

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe fourth enrolment stage for the project organized by EU funds «Improvement of the professional competence of the employed persons» has commenced. In Latvia, this project is handled by State Education Development Agency (SEDA). The number of available education programmes has doubled when compared to 2018. Employed people aged 25 or older can choose from nearly 800 education programmes, SEDA reports.

Those interested can apply for participation until 28 June in person or online at www.macibaspieaugusajiem.lv.

Wider education opportunities

The number of education opportunities and their variety has increased considerably for the fourth enrolment state. 82 education facilities across Latvia offer education opportunities in 12 sectors. For the first time the programme offers 29 different vocational education modules needed if participants want to work in a chosen sector of the national economy. Education includes cooperation with vocational education facilities and businessmen in eight life-long education competences.

For the first time it is possible to enrol online at www.macibaspieaugusajiem.lv using Latvia.lv authentication and e-services at any time of day. Residents no longer have to send their applications via e-mail or carry them in person.

Employed and self-employed residents aged 25 or older are allowed to apply. This includes people on parental leave. Participation in education programmes does not terminate prior employment, and even pensioners are allowed to participate. Any employed person can study as part of any given project only once.

Education offers are developed in cooperation with employers

«Planned education of adults is one of the solutions developed to resolve labour market challenges. This is why the list of available studies is created based on recommendations from Economy Ministry and Welfare Ministry to reduce the shortage of qualified people in important sectors. 17 000 thousand employed people have already taken part in the first three stages of the project,» stresses SEDA director Dita Traidās.

To motivate people to study, most of the project’s costs are covered by EU funds and the state. Residents are only expected to cover 10% of costs, which are allowed to be covered by their employers. Informal education programmes, which are the shortest in the project, cost residents only EUR 36, whereas the longest education programmes that allow residents to receive a profession cost around several hundred euros.

Education is free for poor people is free of charge. Residents from this group are also eligible for support in regional mobility – compensation of transportation costs during studies. Employed invalids are also eligible to receive compensation of costs for assistants or sign language translators.

12 000 people have finished studies

Since the project’s start in 20017, there have been three stages and more than 17 000 people have taken part and 12 000 have finished their studies. 32% of all participants are aged 45 years or older and 20% are older than 50 years. 31% of participants come from Riga, whereas 69% come from outside Latvia’s capital. In total, it is planned to involve 36 000 people in studies until 2022.


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