The educational system of Krapina-Zagorje County, which is founded on the central system provided by the Republic of Croatia, produces a high-quality workforce combining a theoretical part of the curriculum with a practical part, thereby linking employers and the education system. The close proximity of Zagreb offers an alternative to educational programmes in the County and represents an additional source of a high-quality workforce.

There are nine high schools operating in the Krapina-Zagorje County and founded by the Krapina-Zagorje County. According to the types of programmes offered to students, of the nine high schools, only one is a so called pure school (the Antun Gustav Matoš Gymnasium in Zabok), whereas all the other schools are so-called combined schools. Of the combined schools, four schools implement gymnasium and vocational programmes (Krapina High school, Oroslavje High School, Pregrada High School and Zlatar High School), whereas the other schools are conduct solely vocational programmes (the Bedekovčina High School, the Konjščina High School, Zabok High School and ŠUDIGO).

The Chamber of Trades and Crafts of the Krapina-Zagroje County in cooperation with the Ministry of the Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship each year grant scholarships to students from vocational schools, and in the 2008/2009 school year granted a total of 18 scholarships to students who were studying trades. The Chamber of Trades and Crafts of the Krapina-Zagroje County for the 2008/2009 school year noted the following occupations in demand in the field of vocational education for the Krapina-Zagorje County: masons, tilers, carpenters, cooks, waiters and waitresses.

As part of higher education, two faculties operate in Zabok: the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management Opatija - Centre Zabok and the Faculty of Organisation and Informatics Varaždin - Centre Zabok. In Krapina there is a Business School which gives students the opportunity to study transport, information technology and management. In Pregrada there is also a physiotherapy programme (dislocated programme of the Vukovar Polytechnic) and the medical nursing programme (dislocated programme of the Vukovar School of Medicine). Most students who complete high school receive education at one of the faculties of the University of Zagreb, which is the centre of higher education and provides high-quality education for the workforce.

Table 3  Students enrolled into the 2009/2010 academic years based on place of residence

Institute of higher education

Students enrolled into the 2009/2010 academic years based on place of residence

total

professional programme

university programme

total

ordinary

total

ordinary

total

ordinary

Republic of Croatia

141,343

106,079

46,244

25,363

95,099

80,715

Krapina-Zagorje County

3,503

2,409

1,263

618

2,240

1,791

 

Students who graduated in 2009  based on place of residence

total

professional programme

university programme

 

total

ordinary

total

ordinary

total

ordinary

Republic of Croatia

29,474

21,689

9,727

4,750

19,747

16,939

Krapina-Zagorje County

700

492

251

125

449

367

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, 2010 census.

In the area of non-formal education, there are several institutions in Krapina-Zagorje County which are mostly open-type universities and private educational institutions offering more than 30 training programmes and adult education.

Table 4  High-school educational programme in the Krapina-Zagorje County

Commercialist

Technician for construction and mining machinery

Economist

Industrial designer

Technician for electrical machines and applied computing

Technician for logistics and freight

Computer technician

Electrical-mechanical technician

Mechatronics technician

Electrical installation technician

Computer technician for mechanical engineering

Machinist

Processor on numerically managed tool machines

Locksmith