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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 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 – 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.