Kosovo - A sector approach for sustainable Vocational Education and Training (VET)
To improve the conditions for long-term quality education in Kosovo, and to address some major challenges surrounding the sustainability of Project KSV/015, three workshops on national and local (Centre of Competence) level were held in February of this year. On the agenda: the strategic (re-)orientation of the CoCs in Ferizaj and Prizren and the national VET system in general. The workshop on national level was actually a kick-off meeting of a working group (WG) on policy challenges. The latter, through sub-WGs, is for instance currently addressing public financing of the VET sector and the involvement of social partners in VET.
This leads us to the Academy on Financing Skills Development which was organised in March 2015, shortly after the above-mentioned workshops, by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Turin. The project facilitated the participation of a delegation from Kosovo. Six people from the Ministry of Education, the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education (AVETAE), the CoCs and the project team itself left for Italy where they benefited from a broad programme including for instance the topic of sector funds as well as the importance of social dialogue and the involvement of social partners (trade unions and employers).
Prizren Centre of Competence Deputy Director for Business Relations and Income Generation at the ILO Skills Academy (source ILO)
The result of these developments is that one of the sub-WGs on policy challenges works on a sector approach with the commitment of all stakeholders, firstly through pilot initiatives in two sectors: Health Care (related to the CoC in Ferizaj), and Tourism (related to the CoC in Prizren). This sub-WG, mainly existing of the participants in the workshop on Financing Skills Development in Turin, will develop a pilot programme for arranging skills development including financing of this skills development on sector level, mainly related to a region. Lux-Development is ready to support such an approach as one of the main measures to set up sustainable ways of running VET as well as the CoCs in Ferizaj and Prizren in particular.↑ To the top