Vocational Education in Wood Processing, Slovakia

About the project

  • Vocational education is an important part of any educational system. It provides young individuals with the opportunity to specialize in a field where they see that they have natural potential and gives them the tools to develop, practice and perfect their skills to learn a specific trade. More than ever, today there is a great demand in the labor market for practical specialists, providing a variety of job opportunities upon successful completion of a vocational education.


    The Kronospan Foundation has committed to develop and support secondary education in the field of wood processing and furniture manufacturing in Central and Eastern Europe. This commitment initially involves financial support to the Secondary Vocational School of Wood Processing in Zvolen, Slovakia through covering the full costs of a 4-year education for an entire class.


    Costs that are covered include accommodation and full board for the students as well as free English or German classes. For good grades students of the class will additionally receive cash rewards.

    Due to the proximity of Kronospan Bucina DDD to the school, free practical classes and opportunities for internships will be offered to all students of the school.

About the school

  • The Secondary vocational school (SOŠ) of wood processing was created as a Single-year State School of Wood Processing and Cutting in 1922 in Liptovsky Hradok, Slovakia. Since 1962 the school is located in Zvolen and operates as a vocational school focused on wood processing and furniture manufacturing fields for the wood processing industry.


    SOŠ is a member of Association of Wood Processors of SR, Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry and it cooperates with the Slovak Craft Industry Chamber and Technical University in Zvolen. Additionally, through a strong corporation with the manufacturing sector, SOŠ aims to improve the quality of vocational education as well as to alleviate the access to job opportunities for graduates of the school.


    SOŠ has been rewarded 2nd place in the regional ranking of the Slovak Government Office judging quality of secondary education for employers. Additionally it is ranked among the top schools in Slovakia (14th place).


    SOŠ is a center of vocational education and development in Zvolen. Located on one campus you will find the school, spacious workrooms and a comfortable boarding home. To complement the high level of theoretical as well as practical education taught at SOŠ, you will find ICT equipment and specialized classrooms equipped with hardware and software in accordance with the specialized fields of study (TurboCad, Dietrich’s, SEMA, Cinema4D, progeSOFT).


    Currently, in the school year 2015/2016, there are 401 students enrolled at the school in 20 classrooms and 5 study fields being taught by 40 teachers.


    To find out more about SOŠ please visit: sosdrev.edupage.org/

Local contacts

  • Secondary Vocational School of Wood Processing

    Lučenecká cesta 2193/17, 960 01 Zvolen

    Director: Ing. Pavel Laššák

    Contact information:

    Tel.: 045/ 5242 135

    Fax: 045/ 5242 188

    E-mail: sosdrev@sosdrev.sk

    Web: www.sosdrev.sk


    Kronospan Bučina DDD

    Ms. Kloslova Denisa


    Mobile: +421 907 750 267