“VEC Sharing” or “Cross-border Vocational Education Capacity Sharing” project was approved for funding under the First Call for Proposals for INTERREG V-A Hungary-Croatia Co-operation Programme 2014-2020 and is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Project ID is: HUHR/1601/412/0030.

VEC sharing project is aiming to improve the role of educational institutions as intellectual centres for increasing the specific knowledge base in the region. In the short term it means implementing activities that improve students’ and teachers’ competencies in the occupations welder, cook, baker, confectioner and agriculture by providing joint exchanges between the border regions. The long term objective is to develop a firm partnership between Hungarian and Croatian partner schools for future cooperation on cross-border projects considering exchange of knowledge, exhibitions and competitions in the area of education.

The Lead Partner is Koprivnica Crafts School (Koprivnica; HR); project partners are Kolping János Nagyváthy Grammar School, Secondary Technical School and Vocational School (Csurgó; HU), Kolping Catholic Secondary Technical School and Student Hostel of Nagybajom (Nagybajom; HU), Stjepana Sulimanca Secondary School (Pitomača; HR) and “PORA” Regional Development Agency of Koprivnica Križevci County (Koprivnica; HR).

The project duration is 16 months, from 1 October, 2017 until 31 January, 2019; total value of project is 243.545,00 EUR, of which 85% is co-financed by the European Union.

Project activities include 2-week-long thematic exchanges of students studying occupations welder, cook, baker, confectioner and farmer based on a commonly developed strategy and methodology; supply of necessary equipment; practical courses, workshop, factory and study visits, labour market mapping and analysis, joint exhibition of manufactured products, creation of joint bilingual cookbook, and joint sports events.