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Title: Skills for Jobs (S4J)

Economy: Albania

Donor: Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)

Implementation: Swisscontact

Description: ‘Skills for Jobs’ (S4J) was designed to address main Vocational Education and Training (VET) challenges, such as: low quality and status, insufficient financing, weak labour market orientation, and poor private sector engagement. Moreover, there has long been a traditional schooling system with lack of digital and interactive teaching materials, limited digital and pedagogical skills, no virtual learning environment and lack of infrastructure. Thus, the Albanian VET system struggles in meeting market demands for professional skills and in adopting technological innovations. The project focuses on ensuring systemic change, capacity development and empowerment of key actors. Based on this approach, S4J Phase II supports partner VET providers in Albania in terms of:

  • Employers’ and partners relations,
  • Diversification of VET offer,
  • New ways of inclusive and learning and quality,
  • Work-based learning in cooperation with employers, and
  • Organisational development.

Duration: Phase 1 2016-2019 Phase 2 2019-2023

Project results: 

Distance learning best practices – [EN]
Continues Professional Development [AL]
Needs Assessment for CPD [AL]
Performance Evaluation VET [AL]
Protocol On designing content for digital learning for Vocational Education teachers [EN]
Training Progamme Digital Pedagogies for Teachers in VET [EN]
COVID-19 Special Series Good Practices Learnt by SDC Projects in Responding to COVID-19 [EN]
Digitalisation and Blended earning in VET [EN]
How is Distance Learning Working for VET: Perceptions of Teachers and Students in Albania [EN]
Integrating new technologies & ways of learning in VET [EN]
How is Distance Learning Working for VET: Perceptions of Teachers and Students in Albania [EN]
Tabelë përmbledhëse për videotutorials për platformën Mësovet [AL]
Teachers on Mission: Finding the Most Effective Methods to Better Engage Students [EN]
Timeline Remote Workshops Content Development [EN]

More information: About the project and the project website.

Title:  Youth, Employment and Skills in Kosovo* (YES)

Economy: Kosovo*

Donor: The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Implementing Bodies: Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) and Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW)

Description: The YES project enhances the employability of young people by improving the quality of Vocational Education and Training (VET) as well as strengthening matching mechanisms between labour market supply and demand. The project applies a bottom-up approach, primarily working with institutions at the local level such as vocational schools, public employment offices and youth centers. Furthermore, the project seeks to strengthen the systems and implementation capacities of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) and Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW) and their agencies in delivering quality services and offers to young people.

Duration: January 2017 to December 2020

More information: here

KulturKontakt Austria-funded projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina

KulturKontakt Austria (KKA) is implementing a series of education projects in close cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministries of Education of both entities and all cantons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Agency for Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Education. The cooperation focuses primarily on the reform of vocational education and training in the fields of business and tourism as well as education and quality management.

Key Focuses:

  • Reform of tourism training
  • Closer cooperation between schools and business
  • Introduction of the training firm learning method
  • Education and quality management

More about the projects can be found here.

Project results:

Technical vocational education and training in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Title: TVET in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lead executing agencies: Ministry of Civil Affairs
Overall term: 2017 to 2019

Bosnia and Herzegovina suffers from high levels of unemployment. The technical vocational education and training (TVET) system fails to meet the requirements of the private sector and makes only a minor contribution to improving employment and economic competitiveness. Establishing a nationwide demand-oriented and competitive training system to generate greater economic growth and create more jobs is a major challenge for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Cooperative and skills-based technical vocational education and training has been introduced at the pilot locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Source: GIZ

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