Intranet access
Connect with Google Log in
Or

If you don't have a LuxDev email account




I forgot my password

Help

KSV/801
European Union Support to Vocational Education and Training (VET), Professional Requalification and Occupation (ESVET PRO) LuxDev Project KSV/801

Information

Country
Kosovo
LuxDev's country office
Kosovo Office

Sector
Vocational Training & Access to Employment
Partner execution agency
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST)

Implementation period
January 2020 - December 2022
Total duration
36 months

Total budget
2,000,000 EUR
Contribution breakdown
  • Luxembourg Government
    0 EUR
  • Commission européenne
    2,000,000 EUR

The Stabilisation and Association Agreements (SAA) are unique for each country with a focus on establishing a free trade environment between the Western Balkans’ countries and the EU as well as setting common goals to be accomplished as part of the accession process. The SAA between EU and Kosovo which took effect in 2016 outlines the necessary reforms and obligations in the field of education as well. The objective of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) is to develop the capacities of the countries by supporting their economic, social, and territorial development. Following the guidelines and parameters of the SAA, IPA II (2014-2020) provides funding to Kosovo in its EU integration path.

The IPA II introduces Country Strategy Papers (CSP) identifying key priority areas to be funded. Amongst the ones regarding Kosovo are pre-university education and vocational education and training. The Project KSV/801 is fully funded by EU and it has been formulated in accordance with IPA II guidelines. In addition, it aligns with other national documents and strategies such as Kosovo’s National Development Strategy, Kosovo European Reform Agenda and the Kosovo Education Strategic Plan 2017-2021. The primary focus of the project is to improve the structure and performance of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and VET delivery in Kosovo, as well as promote inclusive and quality education and lifelong learning for all, in line with SDG4.

Implemented by LuxDev, in close cooperation with the Kosovo Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), Project KSV/801 falls under the IPA II 2018 Action Pogramme contributing to the development of a quality-based, inclusive, and accountable vocational education and training system in Kosovo. Specifically, its objective is to improve the quality and the labour market relevance of education and training programmes to facilitate transition from school to work of VET students and to enhance employability of VET graduates. This is achieved through support provided to three vocational schools and several key stakeholders of the VET sector, including the MEST, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW), the National Qualification Authority and the National Employment Agency.

 

The Project is organised into three results:

  • planning and provision of vocational education is responsive to the needs of learners and employers in selected vocational schools;
  • graduate tracking systems are in place in the field of VET to ensure the consistent evidence on graduate employability and skills relevance to labour market needs; and
  • arrangements and provision of recognition of prior learning at Kosovo level are in place and operational in the most needed economic sectors/occupations as a form of employment enhancement and lifelong learning opportunities for adult learners.

The Project benefits from the lessons learnt from the VET projects funded by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and implemented in Kosovo by LuxDev, specifically, Project KSV/015 “Support to Vocational Education and Training Reform in Kosovo: Establishment of Centres of Competence in Ferizaj and Prizren” and Project KSV/020, “Support to Vocational Education and Training Reform in Kosovo 2”. The latter further expands the support to the VET sector, developing the capacities of the local institutions to improve the quality and the responsiveness of the VET sector to the labour market demand. In addition, it aims to assist the Government of  Kosovoin reviewing the current legal framework, governing and financial structure in view of modernising some crucial components of the National VET System.

Project KSV/801 will be implemented within a three-year period starting in January 2020 with a total budget of 2 000 000.00 EUR.

 

Latest news

  • KOSOVO - The National Plan for the development and implementation of the Kosovo Graduate Tracking System

    Published on 18 April 2021    By Daniele Passalacqua and Hana Bacaj   EN

    Bringing international and local stakeholders together to brainstorm is helpful to see things from different vantage points. On February 23rd, 2021, the Project ESVET PRO- KSV/801 organized a hybrid (in-person and online) workshop for the review of the methodology for the graduate tracking system. This workshop stimulated real-time thoughts, ongoing ideas, and discussions with the international and local stakeholders present.

    The graduate tracking system will provide the VET stakeholders, schools, and Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) with evidence on the graduates’ employability data and skill relevance to the labour market needs.

    Based on the latest decision of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo against the Covid-19 pandemic; the Project, was allowed to host at most 30 participants and all the guidelines on the measures to keep everyone safe during the workshop have been strictly applied. 

    The workshop brought together important VET stakeholders from the Ministry of Education and Science (MES), Employment Agency of the Republic of Kosovo (EARK), Municipal Education Directorate, donor-funded project, and NGOs. Other representatives who could not join the event in-person from European Training Foundation (ETF), and Ministry of Education and Science of North Macedonia participated via Zoom platform.

    In the first part of the workshop, the Project presented the draft methodology about the establishment and implementation of the Graduate Tracking System and the support that the Project will provide in this matter.


    The Chief Technical Advisor of the Project presenting the draft methodology about the establishment and implementation of the Graduate Tracking System.

    In the second part, based on experience and practical examples, VET stakeholders engaged in in-depth discussions about establishing a sustainable and rigorous methodology for Tracer Study which will serve in the long-term in the VET sector in Kosovo. At the end, an expert from ETF gave a very positive note about the draft methodology as well as confirmed the willingness of ETF to cooperate with the Project towards this direction.


    Stakeholders discussing about each of the components of the draft methodology of the Graduate Tracking System.

    This workshop was very fruitful and an important step towards the creation of a graduate tracking system, which can be a very valuable tool that contributes to the labour market information system, particularly when certain criteria are followed. Graduate tracking system for VET sector are implemented in many countries in the world and in the region; therefore, having such system implemented in Kosovo is a crucial step to be closer to European Union standards.

    Reviewing the national plan for the implementation of the Graduate Tracking System is not only important and a great achievement of ESVET PRO and the MES but also a great example of synergy and cooperation between all stakeholders involved in the VET sector. 

     

    This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of LuxDev and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

     

  • KOSOVO - The inception phase of Project KSV/801-ESVRT PRO wrapped up

    Published on 30 December 2020    By Renea Bula   EN

    The inception phase of Project KSV/801 – ESVET PRO “EU Support to Vocational Education and Training (VET), Professional Requalification and Occupation” has been completed. The Project aims to improve the structure and performance of the VET system and VET delivery in Kosovo.

    During this challenging time, ESVET PRO tried to overcome barriers presented by the pandemic and the political instability of the country, thus trying to avoid unavoidable delays to the implementation of its activities. The Project managed to establish the Project Management Unit (PMU), select the three beneficiary VET schools, and engage in cooperation’s with other EU funded projects focusing on capacity development and training of VET stakeholders.

    Furthermore, it managed to formalize other partnership agreements as well as create synergies with the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Project "Support to Vocational Education and Training (VET) Reform in Kosovo" (KSV/020), taking part in the development of Training Need Analysis (TNA). Lastly, in terms of research and methodology development, ESVET PRO managed to achieve promising results in two components: The National Graduate Tracking System and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Altogether, the advancements in the initiation of the Project depict a sense of commitment and enthusiasm that have surpassed the barriers presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.


     

    This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of LuxDev and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.