Dual training is no panacea, but is at the same time an important component in future university graduates gaining real marketable knowledge during their studies, according to Dr László Ábrahám, managing director of NI Hungary Kft., president of the association Együtt a Jövő Mérnökeiért Szövetség (EJMSZ, Together for the Engineers of the Future).
He believes that more effort will be needed on behalf of both Universities and enterprises so that this practice oriented form of training actually complies with the continuously changing expectations of the industry, and also so that students are provided with up to date and useful skills.
The best for enterprises and students alike would be if the dual training system was to become more flexible. The sharing of knowledge varies from one profession to the next. The expectations of the chemical industry are far from those of the vehicle sector. And this must be taken into account to achieve the goal of experts with usable knowledge and university degrees entering the market in our country.
How can a dual training be realized?
All this means that the professional expectations of companies and the training opportunities of institutes of higher education must be harmonized. The ultimate consideration to be observed on both sides is to increase the number of places providing dual training and to expand the scope of students involved in dual training. This can be achieved by harmonizing processes.
The refinement of administrative rules could also provide incentives to companies to receive more students opting for dual training. The number of companies joining this system can be increased significantly by employing methods such as providing tax benefits or simplifying registration obligations, amongst others.
Educational institutions and companies must work together
In addition to all of this, gradual migration to experience based training would provide real initial momentum to strengthen interest in various specialties, professions, and scientific areas, as well as to restore the renown of the university training of engineers. However, appropriate career orientation is not only the responsibility of education stakeholders. It is important that dual training centers are established locally on a regional level, in which experts of companies and training institutions can work together on providing relevant professional knowledge and a vision to an increased number of students through continued training, induction training, and other activities aimed at knowledge sharing, and in addition on establishing a direct relationship between future employees and employers.