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Czech-Republic:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

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Czech-Republic:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

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Czech-Republic:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Educational Support and Guidance

Czech-Republic:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Czech-Republic:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Czech-Republic:Mobility and Internationalisation

Czech-Republic:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Mobility in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Czech-Republic:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Czech-Republic:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Czech-Republic:National Reforms in School Education

Czech-Republic:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Czech-Republic:National Reforms in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Czech-Republic:European Perspective

Czech-Republic:Legislation

Czech-Republic:Institutions

Czech-Republic:Bibliography

Czech-Republic:Glossary

Definitions of the Target Group(s)

Foreigners, the unemployed, possibly other narrowly defined groups and persons with special educational needs are regarded the target groups,  at which support measures in adult education are aimed.


Specific Support Measures

Foreigners

For all persons who are granted asylum – asylum holders – or persons having benefit from complementary protection (for details see Support Measures for Learner in Early Childhood and School Education) are included into the state integration programme. Creation of conditions for acquisition of the Czech language course that is free of charge is part of the programme. Free language training is provided by locally relevant regional office in collaboration with the school founder. Financial support of Czech language courses is provided by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in the form of grants and development programmes.

An educational institution provides courses for adult asylum holders or for individuals who benefit from complementary protection on the basis of a contract, following a competition. The duration of the course is 400 hours in the case of individual tuition, and 600 hours for group tuition, over the period of 10 months maximum at the venue of participants´ residence. The expenses connected with the organisation of such courses are covered from the state budget via the Ministry of Finance.

Since 2009, pursuant to the Act on the Residence of Aliens in the Territory of the Czech Republic, every foreigner is obliged to present a certificate of having passed an examination in the Czech language. A foreigner is entitled to one examination in the Czech language at this level at no charge. The voucher for sitting an examination in the Czech language is issued by the Ministry of Interior. A foreigner can register for the examination in the Czech language only at some schools specified in the so-called list of schools. Detailed information concerning the examination, the preparation for the examination, the list of schools, the issuance of vouchers and the certificates of having passed the examination as well as further information is available at the website of the Ministry of Education: the section Czech for Foreigners (www.check-your-czech.com).

In 2009, Centres for Integration of Foreigners (CPIC), operated by the The Refugee Facilities Administration of the Ministry of Interior, began their activities. The centres are co-financed from the European Integration Fund and aim to create opportunities for long-term co-operation in the field of the integration of foreigners from the third countries who have long-term or permanent residence in the Czech Republic. The CPIC provide counselling and information services, legal counselling, courses of the Czech language, socio-cultural courses, the operation of an Internet workplace and a library. All of the services are provided free of charge. See www.integracnicentra.cz.


Legislation and bibliography:

Act on the residency of aliens in the territory of the Czech Republic and amendments of some acts



Unemployed and other defined groups

Retraining courses are one of the tools of active employment policy. They enable physical persons to get qualification for a new job or to hold down the present job. The retraining is offered in the form of accredited educational programme. In the case that their participant is registered at the Labour Office of the Czech Republic (job applicant, job seeker) the retraining can be financed from sources of the active employment policy. Another condition for funding retraining from the Labour Office of the Czech Republic lies in retraining that must be for the participant tangible, i.e. suitable and desirable. The Labour Office of the Czech Republic covers the costs (course costs) for the job applicants or job seekers if the office recommends them and concludes a written agreement on retraining with them before the retraining course starts. The agreement on retraining stipulates the obligation of the participant or the job seeker to pay fully the costs of retraining if he/she finishes the retraining without serious reasons or he/she refuses to enter the suitable employment corresponding to the newly acquired qualification. The cost of retraining and cost related with retraining cannot be claimed.

Interconnection of retraining with the National Qualification Framework (179/2006 Coll. Act on Verification and Recognition of Further Education Outcomes) enables the participant of retraining courses to acquire a (partial) professional qualification. Some complete professional qualifications are composed from several (partial) professional qualifications. If a participant of retraining obtains a certificate on all (partial) professional qualifications, he/she could sit an exam at the relevant school prescribed for the relevant branch of education (e.g. final “apprenticeship” examination or school-leaving examination) and acquire the certificate on the relevant level of education. See also the section National Qualifications Framework.

Employers who organise retraining in the interest of further job exercise of their employees can be reimbursed fully or partially based on a written agreement with the relevant Labour Office of the Czech Republic.

Since 2012, an applicant/job seeker (so-called “skills seeker”) has been allowed to provide for the training (so called chosen retraining) himself / herself. For this purpose, he/she chooses the kind of the work activity for which he/she wants to retrain and the retraining facility which should provide this retraining. Then he/she asks the relevant branch of the Labour Office of the Czech Republic. The reimbursement of the chosen retraining by the Labour Office of the Czech Republic is not claimable; it depends fully on the judgement of the Labour Office of the Czech Republic if it will cover the retraining. The reimbursement is directed to the retraining facility after the retraining has been successfully completed. If the retraining has not been successfully completed without serious reasons, the Labour Office of the Czech Republic does not cover the costs of the chosen retraining.

If needed, courses can be organised for narrowly defined target groups where social status is the admission requirement, e.g. courses to help homeless persons to get out of their situation or courses in prisons.


Legislation and bibliography:

Act on verification and recognition of further education outcomes

Act on employment

Decree of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on retraining of job-seekers and employees



Persons with special educational needs

Recently the offer of supplementary or retraining courses for school leavers organised by schools and other educational institutions has increased. In this way school leavers may acquire and practice the skills needed to carry out certain working activities. School leavers with a disability who do not succeed in the labour market are offered the opportunity to work in sheltered workshops or workplaces.

Within the social services, a network of daily social facilities and hospices is being built providing the whole range of services and further education for disabled clients, with the opportunity to work in sheltered workshops. The choice of modern social services is increasing, especially those of assistants (both work and personal assistants), whose work helps disabled persons to have a better access to a job. Another option for clients, depending to a large extent on social services, is institutionalised care. A current trend is to reduce the number of clients in institutionalised care and use the system of support and social services, which enable individuals with a disability to live in a natural family environment and to realise social roles of caring persons.

Independent schools established for pupils with disabilities extend their sphere of activity in the area of life-long learning and activation of persons with disabilities.


Legislation and bibliography:

Education Act

Act on social services