State Vocational Education Institute

State Vocational Education Institute (ŠIOV) is an agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic in charge of vocational education and training in Slovakia (methodological, pedagogical, guidance and coordination tasks). The Institute is the national guarantor of vocational education and training (VET) within the network of secondary vocational schools in the Slovak Republic. It includes Referent (European network of reference and expertise) and the Slovak Centre of Training Companies.

Since 2014, ŠIOV has been an administrator of the National Qualifications Database and fulfils the tasks of a contact point for the EU initiatives related:

  • European Qualifications Framework,
  • EQAVET (European Reference Framework for Quality Assurance in VET)
  • ECVET,
  • European Agenda for Adult Learning.