Maria Ilieva, Krasimir Iliev
Vocational School of Economics and Tourism “Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov” - Petrich
Absract. One of the 9 priority areas for development in The Strategic Framework for the Development of Education, Training and Learning in the Republic of Bulgaria (2021-2030) is the realization of the professions of the present and the future. This meets the stated intention to expand professional education and training, which corresponds to the European educational policies related to
the growing importance of digitalization and technology, the transition to green
economy and sustainable development, and the need for consistent action to promote
career guidance, professional development, and lifelong learning. Vocational Secondary School of Economics and Tourism “Prof. D-r Assen Zlatarov” – Petrich, is a well-established vocational school, which strives to implement the National and European policies in the field of education, by providing professional education
and training that corresponds to the economic challenges and the labour market
dynamics. The emphasis is put on the transfer of knowledge and skills from the
classrooms to the real work environment, the formation of competencies and the
development of professional skills. The practical application of the studied content
and the use of active learning methods are some of the strategic goals of the school.
They are implemented by strengthening practical training in a real work environment, including work on projects with a focus on professional education.The article presents the experience in the additional practical training of our students in the profession “Restaurateur”, which is a prerequisite for improving the quality of professional education and training in Vocational Secondary School of Economics and Tourism “Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov”.
Keywords: vocational education and training; skills; competence; life-long learning; profession; employability; labor market; economics