Traning Centres of Pazardjik, Pleven and Stara Zagora in Bulgaria
According to the agreement between the governments of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Bulgaria in 1994 three training centers were established in the regional towns of Pazardjik, Pleven and Stara Zagora. The Qualification training and retraining center in crafts and modern technologies in Pazardjic opened in 1995 and since then has played a leading role in introducing new ways of training and networking among the different partners in VET on local level. The Center concentrates on vocational education projects and initiatives that correspond to the needs of the market economy and support the transition process. The other two Centers have concentrated their efforts on meeting the needs of the local companies not only to meet the problems of restructuring (unemployment, re-qualification, etc.) but also to raise the productivity and the quality of their work by providing opportunities for training of their employees.