Opening of the Festival of Vocational Schools in Budapest

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Skilled labor has a future in Hungary, and “those with the knowledge, skills and courage to use them will have nothing to fear in more difficult times”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his opening speech at the 15th Vocational Schools Festival in Budapest on Monday.

Speaking at the opening of the Szakma Sztár festival at Budapest’s Hungexpo fairgrounds, Orbán said “national forces garnered unprecedented support” in the April 3 elections. “Voters also said yes” to the government’s achievements in skills training over the past 12 years, he said.

In cooperation with the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MKIK), the government has expanded dual training involving apprenticeships with major market players, improved vocational training, created training centers and a scholarship system for students in vocational training, said the Prime Minister. The government has also taken steps to boost digitization and made the acquisition of the first two vocations free, he added.

Through these efforts,

Hungary currently has 250,000 students in vocational training, the demand for skilled labor is growing and entrepreneurship is becoming more lucrative and popular, he said.

Orbán said quality work guaranteed earning a living in Hungary and would become even more secure in the future.

“If we do our job well, Hungary can emerge stronger” from the fallout from the war in Ukraine, which followed the coronavirus pandemic, Orbán said.

New factories and production centers have sprung up in the country and are welcoming skilled workers, he said. The government has introduced tax benefits for young people entering the labor market and for the companies that employ them, he said. Raising a family and buying and building a house are also subsidized, he said.

Orbán also praised the teachers, saying that

the international and national achievements of the Hungarian skilled workers were proof of the excellence of their teachers in the field.

The festival, organized by the MKIK and the National Chamber of Agriculture (NAK), is held from April 25 to 27.

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