Slovenia’s focus is on education, training and industry driven research to support its offering to the high technology and other high value added sectors such as information and communication technology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Its workforce has a high reputation for flair for technology and innovation thanks to a successful combination of a long industrial tradition and quality formal schooling as an important contributor to the skills of an individual and to human capital.
According to Eurostat, Slovenia meets two Europe 2020 goals regarding education: 43.4% of people aged between 30 and 34 have completed tertiary education in 2015 (24.6% in 2005) and 5% of those aged between 18 and 24 have left schools early.
Not only the young but also those who are young at heart have IT skills and digital literacy and over 70% of population can have a conversation in at least two foreign languages and command of two or more foreign languages. English, German and Italian are widely used and French language courses are very popular.
Availability of Skilled Labour
Enrolment in vocational and technical secondary schools has been at the same level for a couple of years: 47,600 in 2017. Data show that almost 80,000 students enrolled in higher undergraduate and postgraduate studies at universities and single higher education institutions in the academic year 2016/17.
The significant progress has been made in improving labour market efficiency by strengthening flexibility and other flexecurity components, and by adapting Slovenia’s education system to the labour market needs.