An Exhibition of Unique Wooden Lamps Created by Students of the Woodworking School Is Launched in Ljubljana
The Ljubljana Woodworking School opened an exhibition of 120 unique wooden lamps, which were made by its students under the guidance of Gabi Dolenšek in the framework of the annual contest. In previous years, students also made representational gifts, furniture and toys.
It should be noted that professional education in the field of woodworking opens up wide opportunities for successful employment in Slovenia and abroad, as there is a high demand for specialists of this profile. Students practice at enterprises where they establish contacts with future employers. Subsequently, the majority of graduates, after becoming certified process engineers for woodworking, find work in specialized companies or establish their own enterprises.
In total, 434 students study currently in the Ljubljana Woodworking School, which is a structural part of the local educational centre. The majority of them (180 people) study on the three-year Carpenter programme, which is one of the most sought-after occupations in Slovenia. A four-year Woodworking Process Engineer programme involves 174 students. Besides, 55 students continue their education on the Woodworking Process Engineer programme, and 25 students are trained on the two-year Woodworking Engineer programme. Three quarters of students receive a monthly scholarship of 100 euros.
According to the school headmaster Majda Kanop, in recent years, the number of new students has increased. There is a growing demand for carpenters and woodworking process engineers.
Practice is an important element of training. Students receive practical education in the employer’s specialized sphere. The school administration tries to reach an agreement with employers so that students can observe all stages of production – from product development, preparation of tools and quality control to the technological process, logistics and sales. According to Majda Kanop, during the training of specialists, they take into account the needs of the economy, focusing on new materials and technologies, including CNC-technologies and NC-programming. A great role in the training of future specialists is played by computer design, business communication and marketing. “The school develops the fifth part of its curriculum in cooperation with the local business environment, which means that together with the companies we define the goals and content that bring them additional value,” emphasizes Kanop.
After graduation, the school students can find work in various areas related to woodworking – from construction to tool engineering. The demand for CNC machine operators is especially high. Secondary professional education on the Woodworking Process Engineer programme opens a wide range of opportunities for continuing education in colleges and universities on such study programmes as Woodworking, Architecture, Design, Forestry, and Economy.
The industry-specific educational institutions, in which graduates of the Ljubljana Woodworking School continue their education, include the professional Woodworking College in Maribor (2 two-year study programmes: Woodworking and Design of Materials, 20 weeks of practice) and the Woodworking Department of the Ljubljana University Biotechnology Faculty. In the University of Ljubljana, bachelors, masters and PhDs are trained on the Woodworking and Forestry Engineering study programmes.