The vocational education system is regulated by the Law on Vocational Education and Training (1997) (last edition in 2021). According to the Law, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport is responsible for the vocational education system. The Ministry shapes and implements the vocational education policy, participates in the shaping of human resources development policy and implements it, approves the general plans for vocational education, etc. In 2018, the Ministry adopted the Description of the Procedure for the Development and Registration of Vocational Training Programmes. The Description sets out the scope, structure and elements of the formal and non-formal vocational training programmes, and the procedure for the preparation, updating, evaluation and registration of the vocational training programmes or its modules.
According to the system LAMAbpo, there are 56 state vocational education institutions, 4 statutory and 2 private institutions in Lithuania . Vocational schools provide both training leading to a qualification, as well as basic or secondary education. The duration of programmes can be either two or three years, depending on whether it is intended to provide basic or secondary education, or adapted to persons with special needs. The duration of studies for students who have already acquired secondary education is 1 to 2 years. Vocational education and training programmes are developed by VET providers in cooperation with employers.
In 2022, according to the open vocational information system AIKOS, there were 751 registered vocational education and training programmes in Lithuania, 79 which were in the field of the arts.
Table 32: Study programmes in arts and qualifications granted by vocational education establishments in 2022
|Field of studies||Number of programmes||Qualifications granted|
|Audio-visual techniques and media production||29||Photographer, Animator, Visual advertisement producer, Audio and video equipment operator, Stage technical service employee, Layout editor, Graphics technician, Printing technician.|
|Handicrafts||31||Fine ceramics manufacturer, Handicraftsperson, Basketry handicraft’s producer, Florist, Fine textile handicraft’s producer, Ceramicist, Jeweller, Manufacturer of ware (glass, metal, wood, stone), Manufacturer of articles (textiles, leather).|
|Design||11||Interior decorator, Decorator, Stage decorator|
|Music and performing arts||8||Ballet artist, Contemporary dance performer, Make-up artist, Contemporary dancer|