Final conference of the project "PRAG - FIRST CAREER MOVE - FUTURE JOBS IN CONSTRUCTION"

The final conference of the project "PRAG - FIRST CAREER MOVE - FUTURE JOBS IN CONSTRUCTION", coordinated by the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy (FGAG) in Split, and Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) a partner in it, took place March 1 at Mondo Hotel.

The project PRAG aims at improving existing, developing new and implementing traineeships at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, wanting to improve and adapt it to labour market requirements and, following from that, increase student employment by enabling them acquiring skills they need in their work.

- The project started in March 2020, lasts for three years and has to do with developing new traineeship models at our faculty, which our curriculum lacked, and it helped in bringing students closer to the labour market - said the Faculty’s acting dean, assoc. prof. Neno Torić Ph.D.

Prof. Nikša Jajac Ph.D., University of Split’s Vice-rector for infrastructure, emphasized that this was a win-win for students and employers because, in this way, students acquire knowledge and employers get an insight into their competence and an opportunity to mould future employees.

(The) project manager, Faculty’s acting Vice Dean, assoc. prof. Ivo Andrić Ph.D., presented the project itself, activities carried out and achieved results, in more detail.

- The project resulted in five models, one of which enables undergraduate students to carry out traineeships in elective courses, and in graduate studies students can work on their theses in cooperation with industry, or companies that deal with construction, design and maintenance. This is how this traineeship system enables employers to screen students, reserve places for and retain the best of them - Andrić said.

PRAG project was financed from the European Social Fund - Operational Program "Effective Human Resources 2014 - 2020", valued at EUR 521,046.13.

402 students, 31 professors, many companies and their employees participated in various project activities and 33 agreements were signed with employers.