M. Boroš, M. Kutaj, L. Mariš, A. Veľas

University of Zilina, Faculty of Security Engineering (SLOVAKIA)
In surveys carried out in the Slovak Republic, students and graduates of universities have stated that practical experience and skills are one of the key requests that employers require when choosing employees. Employers paradoxically have stated that graduates are lacking in practical experience and skills, have very high or unrealistic wage requirements, do not have working habits, and are ready to work only in theoretical way. However, the majority of employers in the Slovak Republic have very good experience with the employment of young people. There are various projects and support funding created and provided by government institutions to create job offers or job positions for young graduates. Notable benefit for the graduates (and not only for them) will be an amendment to the Labour Code, which is in preparation. Based on forthcoming changes in the Labour Code of the Slovak Republic job offers published in the form of advertisements will be more transparent in 2018. Job offers will have to include the gross wage for the offered job position. Employers often choose graduates who have acquired work habits even during university studies, for example in the form of practical internships Erasmus+. In support of practical experience of students, the Faculty of Safety Engineering, UNIZA, Department of Security Management in co-operation with the city of Rajec, implemented practical stays of students in a voluntary manner. The amount of acquired practical experience and skills and the acquisition of work habits was directly dependent on student access to work during the stay. The article contains the findings gained from the practical stays and the benefits for the further development of the practical experience and skills of the students. These practical stays increase the chances of graduates to apply to the labour market.