With international support and inspired by the Europe 2020 agenda, Albania has developed a national strategy on skills and jobs (2014-2020) to ensure greater opportunities for youth to secure decent work and income over the life-cycle, contributing to a virtuous circle of poverty reduction, sustainable development and social inclusion.
At the central level, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth is in charge of vocational skills development and employment promotion sectors. Its ultimate goal is to build a labour-market focused skills development system to enhance the employment and entrepreneurship perspectives for the rural and urban unemployed, while addressing their skills needs at the same time, both in the formal and informal sectors. The understanding of the importance of cooperation with the private sector in the framework of such undertaking is gaining weight.
Skills for Jobs (S4J) is a project mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), implemented by Swisscontact Albania. It is part of the Economic Development Domain of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Albania (2014-2017), with specific focus on promotion of employment opportunities and skills development.
S4J was designed to address main Vocational Education and Training (VET) challenges such as low quality and status, insufficient financing, weak labour market orientation, and poor private sector engagement. The project addresses these challenges by supporting VET providers to offer innovative learning methods, company-based training and career services for smoother school to work transition. The use of smart phones and social media, applying a combination of blended and individualized learning, and work-based training is at the core of S4J implementation.
The project focuses on 4 sectors with potential for growth and job creation in Albania:
Swisscontact applies a regional approach for the implementation of the project focusing in the regions of Vlora, Lezha and Berat. Five providers in the three selected regions benefit from the project: The industrial ‘Pavaresia’ School, the ‘Commercial’ School and the Vocational Training Centre in Vlora; ‘Kolin Gjoka’ School in Lezha; and ‘Kristo Isak’ School in Berat.
6'500 students and trainees, the management and teaching staff of 5 VET providers and 150 companies are direct beneficiaries. The project interventions build on the 20 years of Swisscontact's experience in Vocational Skills Development (VSD) in Albania, focusing on three areas:
The project seeks to achieve these two outcomes:
These outcomes are related to the following results:
2015 - 2018
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