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 and 2018-2021), 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 in Albania to upgrade their offer by introducing 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 ‘Skills for Jobs’ (S4J) implementation.
The project focuses on 4 sectors with potential for growth and job creation in Albania:
Seven providers in the five selected regions benefit from the project: the vocational ‘Hamdi Bushati’ school in Shkodra, the vocational ‘Kolin Gjoka’ school in Lezha, the electro-technical ‘Gjergj Canco’ school in Tirana, the vocational ‘Kristo Isak’ school in Berat and the Commercial school, the industrial ‘Pavarësia’ school and the Vocational Training Centre in Vlora.
9'500 students and trainees, the management and teaching staff of all 7 VET providers and 180 private sector companies are direct beneficiaries of the project.
Skills for Jobs’ (S4J) main goal is to offer young people in Albania the best vocational education and training. Better skills will help young people to get a job that they love and that pays them well.
To achieve this, the project focuses its work in three main areas:
Project progress in 2016-2019
2015 - 2018
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