RIC Novo mesto (Development and Education Centre Novo mesto) is one of the leading adult education organisations in Slovenia with more than 50 years of experience in working with adults. Our institute was established as a public equivalent body by the Municipality of Novo mesto, the largest city of South-East Slovenia. We currently employ 20 people and cooperate with more than 130 regular external experts, teachers, mentors and researchers. We develop and implement innovative formal and non-formal education programmes and offer guidance cervices for different target groups: general public, people living in rural areas, people with special needs, young adults, the unemployed, senior citizens, the Roma population, immigrants, employees in search for new trainings and education, etc.
As a public body, we work closely with a wide network of local, regional and national partners, such as: municipalities, ministries, regional development agencies, chamber of commerce and industry, chamber of crafts, other adult education organisations, primary and secondary schools, higher education institutes and faculties, NGOs, enterprises, etc. Based on our project work, we cooperate with a wide network of international partners.
Our general programmes to gain formal education comprise: primary school and secondary school for adults, as well as higher online education in cooperation with the Faculty Doba of Maribor. Furthermore, we organise non-formal vocational courses, computer and language courses and general adult education courses on various topics. We are also a representative office for European Business Competence* Licence/EBCL.
In our institution, we strive to the quality of implementation in all areas of our work. Acquired certificates, signs and other documents represent a recognition and confirmation that we have already achieved some of our objectives, and that we are on the right track. We have ISO 9001:2008 (ISO 9001:2015) which is an internationally recognized quality standard, issued by an international organization ISO (International Standard Organization). Within Guidance Centre Novo Mesto (under supervision of Slovenian Institute for Adult Education) we have developed system of quality – framework for Quality Assessment and quality development in Adult Education Guidance Centres. We have also certificate of Slovenian Institute for Adult Education »Let’s offer quality education to adults« and certificate “Family friendly company”.