A skilled workforce is a key factor in the economic development and competitiveness of a country. Producing a skilled workforce has been challenging for many countries including Albania. Issues that have led to this poor performance include:
- poor application of skills in the world of work, especially among young people,
- the availability of skilled workers in the labour market,
- the migration of skilled workers to other European markets.
Swiss apprenticeship as a guiding example
Swisscontact is working in Albania to overcome these challenges. The “Skills for Jobs” project supports the Albanian government and the private sector in their efforts to build an efficient Albanian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system that is inspired by the Swiss model. In order for Albania to better nurture and further develop its workforce, it has to invest in improving the quality and relevance of what the education system is offering. Furthermore, it needs to increase the share of those who attend vocational education (vs gymnasium) and offer opportunities for upskilling the many youngsters who have finished gymnasium and do not pursue any further education.
To align the interests and efforts of many different stakeholders in the reform process of the employment and skills system, Swisscontact has established the “Skills for Jobs Academy”, a platform for discussion and dialogue. Earlier this year, the Academy facilitated a meeting between policymakers, academics, managers, teachers, instructors of VET providers, employers, students and parents to develop a common understanding, alignment and commitment.