Education & Training Opportunities in the Czech Republic

An Expert's View about Colleges and Universities in the Czech Republic

Posted on: 21 Sep 2010

There has been a great deal of investment into Education & Training sector, predominantly from EU structural funds and there are opportunities for partnership and collaboration.

Sector briefing Education & Training Opportunities in the Czech Republic Why the Czech Republic? Located at the very heart of Europe, the Czech Republic offers good transport links to Western and Eastern European countries. Prague is less than two hours flying time from the UK, closer than, for example, Vienna, Oslo, Stockholm or Madrid. UK exports of goods to the Czech Republic were worth £1.4bn in 2009, making the Czech th Republic UK?s 30 largest export market. Two-way trade is worth some £5 billion. UK Trade & Investment has identified sectors with potential for UK businesses: Find general information on the Czech market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Advanced Engineering Business Guide for the Czech Republic gives an Biotechnology overview of the Czech Republic?s economy, Consumer Goods business culture, potential opportunities and an Education & Training introduction to other relevant issues. Food & Drink Healthcare Science & Innovation Technical Textiles Please contact us if you wish to ask about a specific sector. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in the Czech Republic English Language Training (ELT) Opportunities in Education &   Training The ELT market took off at the beginning of the 1990s. As a result there is a very mature market of ELT provision. The Education and Training sector in the Czech Republic, like most other sectors, has been People are aware of how to address their going through stages of reform since the needs. The younger generation enhances their 1990s. English language skills by spending time overseas (studying or travelling) and the needs There is a general openness and willingness to of the older generation, eg in business, are met learn from and work with partners, particularly by local language schools. The market is price from the UK. sensitive and quality is a requirement. There has been a great deal of investment into Corporate Training the sector, predominantly from EU structural funds and there are opportunities for At the multinational and larger national partnership and collaboration. company level there is a willingness to invest into education, training and development. Most Educational Resources of the training is in the area of business and soft skills. Coaching and mentoring is a Primary and secondary education system particularly fast growing area. Opportunities (university education is more complex) is arise for UK companies focusing on leadership, funded from the public budgets. The main coaching and other courses for mid- to top purchasing budgets are held at regional level management. There is also an opportunity to with schools receiving their funds depending on provide training that leads to internationally the number of pupils and per capita allocation recognised certifications. set by the Ministry of Education. Purchasing can be done at school level but some bids have It is recommended to work with a Czech to be made to the region. partner in terms of adapting any courses and providing local delivery. In terms of school equipment and teaching aids there are opportunities for UK companies to EU Funding export their products to the Czech Republic. The route to the market would be through The EU has allocated around EUR 26.7bn identifying a local partner or distributor to (approx. CZK 774bn) of funding for projects in represent UK products or adapt the products to the Czech Republic during the current financing the market. period 2009 - 2013. ICT in Education Funding of educational projects from the European Social Fund (ESF) is possible. New There is willingness to work with UK partners in tenders will be announced and there is an showcasing how technology can be integrated opportunity for UK companies to participate in into Education. UK companies could cooperate different areas (e.g. as training providers, with local educational software producers or product suppliers, etc). distributors to schools. In the past there have been a variety of EU Teaching Aids funded initiatives to develop and train people in particular areas. Some projects were From September 2007 English is compulsory at successfully completed in collaboration with a all schools from the age of 8. The Ministry of number of UK partners. As a result there is a Education, Sport and Youth plans to invest into keenness to collaborate further in the new EU this area considerable amount of financial projects that are being developed. resources. There are opportunities for UK companies to export teaching aids, books and software to support teaching English. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in the Czech Republic If you have any questions on the opportunities above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this report. Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK companies are added daily to UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 markets. You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI website. Find out more on UKTI?s business opportunities service on the UKTI website. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in the Czech Republic Major events and activities UKTI contacts Corporate Training Event in Vienna Eva Kopecka UK outward delegation to an event organised in Senior Trade & Investment Adviser Vienna in co-operation with many Central and British Embassy Prague Eastern European countries. Buyers from the Trade & Investment Section Czech Republic will attend. Tel: +420 222 240 022-3 Contact: Eva Kopecka Email: eva.kopecka@fco.gov.uk Email: eva.kopecka@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk Date: June 2010 General contact: Expolingua Exhibition in Prague Lenka Klaskova International trade fair for languages, Corporate Operations Manager education and cultures. British Embassy Prague Contact: Eva Kopecka Trade & Investment Section Email: eva.kopecka@fco.gov.uk Tel: +420 222 240 022-3 Date: November 2010 Email: lenka.klaskova@fco.gov.uk or tradeinvest.pragc@fco.gov.uk Book World Exhibition in Prague www.ukti.gov.uk International book fair. Contact: Eva Kopecka Email: eva.kopecka@fco.gov.uk Date: May 2011 Find full details of all events in the Czech Republic on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in the Czech Republic Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Czech market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Czech market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in the Czech Republic, with its wide local This work is available via our Overseas Market knowledge and experience, can provide a Introduction Service (OMIS), a chargeable range of services to British-based companies service which assists British-based companies wishing to grow their business in the Czech wishing to enter or expand their business in market. overseas markets. This can include: To find out more about commissioning this ? Provision of market information work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Validated lists of agents/distributors specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website ? Key market players or potential to find contact details for your local UKTI customers in the Czech market office. ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in the Czech Republic
Posted: 21 September 2010