- LuxDev's country office
- Kosovo Office
- Vocational Training & Access to Employment
- Partner execution agency
- Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST)
- Implementation period
- 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2022
- Total duration
- 36 months
- Total budget
- 2,000,000 EUR
- Contribution breakdown
- Luxembourg Government
- Commission européenne
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.
KOSOVO - The inception phase of Project KSV/801-ESVRT PRO wrapped up
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.