The vocational education system is regulated by the Law on Vocational Education and Training (1997). 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 general plans of vocational education, etc.
The Ministry is also the stakeholder of the majority of vocational education establishments. There are in Lithuania 70 state vocational education institutions and 3 private. Most of the state establishments are state budgetary institutions and some (20) are self-governing institutions. The main governing body of public vocational education and training establishments is the general meeting of stakeholders in which each stakeholder has one vote. Municipalities, social partners, and other stakeholders may participate in governing a vocational education establishment on equal terms with the main stakeholder (the Ministry of Education and Science).
Vocational schools provide both training leading to a qualification, and basic or secondary education. The duration of the programmes can be either two or three years depending on whether it is intended to provide basic or secondary education or whether it is adapted to persons with special needs. The duration of studies for students who have already acquired secondary education is 1 to 2 years. Requirements for vocational education programmes are set out by the General Requirements and Vocational Education and Training Standards of the Ministry of Education and Science. Vocational education programmes are developed by vocational education providers in cooperation with employers.
In 2019, according to the open vocational information system AIKOS, there were in Lithuania 944 registered vocational education and training programmes, and 41 of them were in the field of arts.
Table 31: Study programmes in arts at vocational education establishments in 2019
|Field of studies||Number of programmes||Titles of programmes|
|Audio-visual techniques and media production||11||Photographer training programme (4 programmes), Electronic publishing bread boarder’s teaching programme, Audio and video equipment operator training programme (2 programmes), Stage technical service employee (4 programmes)|
|Handicrafts||22||Flower arranger man training programme, Ceramist training programme, Tanner training programme, Fine ceramics manufacturer training programme, Handicraftsman, Wickers artistic handicrafts producer training programme, Decorative handcraft producers training programme Handicraftsman of leather ware training programme, Florists training programme for disabled, Training programme for the florist assistant Training programme for the metal art worker, Florists training programme, Metal artistic handicrafts producer training programme, Fine ceramics manufacturer training programme, Florist modular vocational training programme, Fine textile handicrafts producer modular vocational training programme|
|Fashion, interior and industrial design||3||Interior decorator modular vocational training programme (3 programmes)|
|Music and performing arts||4||Ballet artist modular vocational training programme (2 programmes), Contemporary dancer modular vocational training programme (2 programmes)|