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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 2023
Total duration
48 months

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

Videos

  • KOSOVO - Support to vocational education and training, professional requalification and occupation

    KOSOVO - Présentation of the the European Union support programme to vocational education and training, professional requalification and occupation (ESVET PRO).

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 - Capacity development activities at national level for vocational education and training tracer study

    Published on 21 December 2021    By Hana Bacaj   EN

    In the framework of the graduate tracking system, the European Union support to vocational education and training, professional requalification and occupation project, KSV/801, conducted several trainings for capacity building of vocational education and training institutions for the implementation of tracer studies.

    In order to further establish the tracer studies implementation support model, the KSV/801 project prepared a training programme involving relevant staff members of the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, the Employment agency of the Republic of Kosovo , and the Agency for vocational education and training and adult education to support the effective utilisation and monitoring of tracer studies implementation. Moreover, the the KSV/801 project has developed and implemented a capacity building programme for vocational education and training institutions in implementation of tracer studies. Vocational education and training  schools and vocational training centers are responsible to perform operational measures at school level to best utilise the implementation of tracer studies. The objective of this programme was to build the capacities of the key actors at central and local level in the implementation of tracer studies.

    The training was done in five regions and covered directors of all vocational education and training schools and vocational training centers, as well as the staff of the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation and Employment agency of the Republic of Kosovo. The training was divided into two parts;

    • to inform relevant stakeholders about the methodology and implementation of the tracer study and responsibilities of vocational education and training institutions in this regard.
    • a hands-on training to provide a broad overview of use and management of tracer study information system.

    At the end of these training sessions, all participants received certificates for the successful completion of these training.

    “These training are just the beginning of a long journey toward the full-operationalization of the National graduate tracking system, respectively tracer studies. It was a great pleasure for our project to start this initiative. Tracer studies are widespread in the vocational education and training sector in the region because institutions are interested in feedback from their former students to improve their study programmes and to show new applicants how their graduates have managed the transition to employment.”

    The training programme materials will be transferred to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation along with a roadmap to enable the continued delivery of the training programme.

    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 - Coach and mentor, the management of the schools on implementation of industrial liaison unit

    Published on 21 December 2021    By Hana Bacaj   EN

    In the last quarter of 2021, the European Union Support to Vocational Education and Training, Professional Requalification and Occupation project (ESVET PRO) conducted the capacity development activities for the implementation of the industrial liaison unit . As the name implies, this unit aims to facilitate the establishment of relations with industry representatives to ensure the alignment of the vocational education and training offer with the labour market needs.

    The capacity development activities were developed across the three vocational education and training schools supported by the ESVET PRO project:

    • Lutfi Musiqi in Vushtrri;
    • Feriz Guri dhe Vëllezërit Çaka in Kaçanik; and
    • Adem Gllavica in Lipjan.

    The main purpose of these activities was to show the importance of including the private sector as part of the core management within the vocational education and training schools and their influence in strengthening the quality and attractiveness of the vocational education and training offer. The training covered the following topics:

    Mapping partnership needs and setting up a partnership strategy

    Project collaboration with the school management mapped the current partnerships and scored the partnership performance. The participants reasoned on the next steps that the schools need to take with regards to partnerships and what could be done to enhance more prosperous partnerships.

    Managing the Industrial Bodies

    Given that the inauguration of industrial bodies was completed during the second and third quarter of 2021, the school management and the private sector identified the importance of having the private sector involved in the middle-management of the schools. With this respect, ESVET PRO Project supported and coached the management of the schools and the private sector in the metal working, heating/cooling/water and sewage and electrical installation profiles. Majority of partnerships are exemplar because the schools have started to receive direct and tangible benefits within a short period of time.

    Labour market information: its importance and the implementation within the school context

    Project KSV/020 implemented by LuxDev has previously conducted the labour market information for six sectors, including 12 occupations. The findings were discussed with the three supported schools with focus on areas in which schools need to adapt their offer. In addition, the schools were taught on the methodology to map market trends and conduct labour market information in the future by using qualitative and quantitative methods.

    The Student Voice - mapping the student incentives and running the study

    During the second quarter of 2021, ESVET PRO project analysed the student incentives and prepared a report based on a sample of 355 students from the selected three schools. These studies will be used for the implementation of business model approach and the creation of strategies and marketing materials. During these capacity development activities, the management of the schools was trained on the methodology used for this research, so that the schools will continue to do these studies periodically. The schools were also supported on developing the methodology, data collection, data input in the system, data analysis and report writing.

    Improving vocational education and training schools’ performance in line with labour market demand requires big strategic moves.  Every big move starts with a first step. The capacity development initiatives are an important step in the long road to making the business model approach a reality. Further activities will be organized with the schools in the coming weeks.

       

    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 - Operationalise recognition of prior learning as active labour market measure

    Published on 30 September 2021    By Daniele Passalacqua and Hana Bacaj   EN

    The European Union project, Support to vocational education and training, professional requalification and occupation, ESVET PRO has been supporting the employment agency of the Republic of Kosovo with technical and financial support, in establishing a legal framework and operational arrangements to include recognition of prior learning as a complementary active labour market measure. Kosovo’s active labour market measures promote labour market integration by reducing job-finding barriers and increasing employment probability.

    More specifically, ESVET PRO has provided technical support to the employment agency of the Republic of Kosovo to revise the regulation on active labour market measures (No. 01/2018). This regulation implements the following active labour market measures:

    • vocational training (through vocational training centres );
    • on-the-job training;
    • wage subsidies;
    • internship scheme;
    • self-employment and promoting entrepreneurship; and
    • public works.

    Consequently, the goal was to include recognition of prior learning as part of the active labour market measures mentioned above and operationalise it through the two related manuals:

    • the operational manual for training and re-training; and  
    • the operational manual for employment services provision.

    For this process, ESVET PRO provided specialised expertise for the revision of the two manuals and the provision of training to the directors of VTCs on the implementation and operationalisation of these manuals.

    In June, project ESVET PRO, EU representatives, the employment agency of the Republic of Kosovo, vocational training centres directors and other important stakeholders met to celebrate an important milestone : the revision and the update of two manuals that make recognition of prior learning fully operational as active labour market measure.

    The chief technical advisor of the project ESVET PRO, Daniele Cristian Passalacqua, highlighted that “this ceremony constitutes only one of the agreed activities as part of the memorandum of understandings, co-signed between the project ESVET PRO and the employment agency of the Republic of Kosovo. Our cooperation aims to support the employment agency of the Republic of Kosovo and vocational training centres to fully operationalise recognition of prior learning as an active labour arket measure at national level”.


    Daniele Cristian Passalacqua (chief technical advisor of ESVET PRO) and Stergios Tragoudas (programme manager-EU policies-education) discussing regarding the importance of fully operationalizing recognition of prior learning as an active labour market measure.

    The European Union representative, Stergios Tragoudas, expressed his gratitude to the employment agency of the Republic of Kosovo for their commitment and professionalism in collaborating with ESVET PRO, a project funded by the European Union and implemented by LuxDev. Mr Tragoudas stated that this event marks an important milestone for Kosovo’s vocational education and training system. He hopes that the ESVET PRO project and the employment agency of the Republic of Kosovo will continue to bring greater outcomes to promote quality education and lifelong learning for all in Kosovo.

    The director of the employment agency of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr Drin Haraqia and the head of the vocational education and training department, Ms Jehona Rexha, thanked the ESVET PRO project for the support and assured that the employment agency of the Republic of Kosovo  would continue its commitment to the organisation of future joint activities.

    The event was followed by a training delivered to all directors of vocational training centres on the implementation of the manuals. The project ESVET PRO will continue to support the employment agency of the Republic of Kosovo and vocational training centres in successfully implementing the recognition of prior learning component throughout Kosovo.

     

    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 - Inaugural events kicked off after the establishment of the Industrial Bodies in the three selected schools

    Published on 5 July 2021    By Hana Bacaj   EN

    During the last two months, the European Union funded project ESVET PRO celebrated a great milestone through the inauguration of the Industrial Bodies The main purpose of these events was to present the importance of having the private sector as part of the core management within the VET schools and their influence in strengthening the quality and attractiveness of VET. Ensuring the quality and attractiveness of VET is important both in terms of providing the right competencies for the labour market, but also as a means of securing the quantity and the quality of VET graduates.

    Therefore, one of the major components and support of ESVET PRO is the implementation of the Business Model (BM) Approach in the three selected VET schools by the Project. The Project established and started the implementation of the BM by identifying partnership gaps and promoting partnerships for the supported profiles, as well as launching the Industrial Advisory Boards and Industrial Bodies. By establishing the Industrial Bodies, the schools do not merely aim at fostering the relationship with the private sector, instead they also intend to integrate the representatives of local businesses within the middle-management structure of the VET school. This approach will ensure a constant presence of private businesses within schools and will allow the utilization of the resources coming from the private sector. The Business Model approach is being adapted to the Kosovo’s legal and economic environment and with the support of ESVET PRO and Project KSV/020, MESTI is in the process of establishing the legal basis for the implementation of the Business Model management concept in VET schools.

    Until now, the three selected schools have formalized approximately 50 partnerships with private companies that will be engaged in the Industrial Bodies of the schools. More specifically, in each of the three schools there are approximately five to six businesses that are part of one Industrial body. Partner businesses will be continuously involved in terms of reviewing and updating qualification sets, effective provision of work-based learning, capacity development of teachers and school management, and long-lasting partnership for effective sustainability of the school.

    Therefore, following the successful implementation of the Industrial Bodies in the three supported schools; two of the schools organized an inauguration ceremony. The inauguration of the Industrial Bodies was organized and held within the premises of Adem Gllavica and Feriz Guri dhe Vëllezërit Çaka schools in the municipalities of Lipjan and Kaçanik respectively, to celebrate this important achievement for schools and businesses. Part of these events were representatives from the business community, respective municipality officials, school partners, and project representatives.

    Improving VET schools’ performance in line with labour market demand requires big strategic moves. And every big move starts with a first step. The inaugural events were a first step in the long road to making the Business Model a reality.

    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 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.

     

  • Event on Project Inception Report Presentation

    Published on 2 April 2021    By Daniele Passalacqua and Renea Bula   EN

    On January 26th, 2021, the Project European Union Support to Vocational Education and Training (VET), Professional Requalification and Occupation (ESVET PRO) organized an event on the presentation of its Inception Report. ESVET PRO is a three year fully funded Project by the European Union and implemented by the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency.

    The Project aims to support the most critical components of VET reform, focusing in improving the structure and performance of the VET offer in Kosovo and contributing to the development of a quality-based, inclusive education, in line with the best international practices.

    The event was held in a virtual setting and attracted a large audience with almost 170 participants from national institutions, civil society, private sector, and donor-funded projects joining in from their work and home. The event was moderated by the CTA of the Project, Daniele Cristian Passalacqua who presented the progresses of the Project during its Inception Phase and shared with important stakeholders the forthcoming activities.

    In addition, the Inception Report Presentation Event included speeches and testimonials from eminent public figures. Herewith, the event was opened by Agim Bërdyna – Secretary General of Ministry of Education and Science (MES), Luigi Brusa – Head of Cooperation of European Union in Kosovo, and Paolo Cervino – LuxDev Resident Representative.

    The testimonials of representatives of the private sector, civil society and VET schools enriched the event with enthusiastic speeches showcasing the most evident achievements of the already implemented good practices of LuxDev. These testimonials depicted a sense of commitment and trust towards the Project with many stakeholders expressing their gratefulness and eagerness to work closely with ESVET PRO.

    Despite being held online, the level of connectiveness with the audience remained high and this was done using polls during the event. The polls served to keep the event interactive and to collect expressions of interest from the participants on the various components of ESVET PRO.

    Finally, the virtual event was concluded by Stergios Tragoudas- Programme Manager-EU Policies-Education. He praised the commitment of the stakeholders and partners and is looking forward to witnessing the opportunities this Project will provide not only at an institutional level but also to individual VET students.

    Altogether, the presentation of the Inception Report resulted in a dynamic event that registered enthusiasm and positive feedback from the participants. The event gave a feeling of hope and optimism to all its participants and demonstrated the many opportunities which can be grasped in the VET sector.

  • 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.