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Country Project Albania

Wprn: WP14-10-01-ALB


Strategic Priorities 2014 – 2017
The objective of ETF interventions in Albania is to support systemic VET reforms within a wider human resource development perspective and with a view to enhance employment and social inclusion. In accordance with the EU Country Strategy priorities 2014-2020 and local actors and donors, the ETF will: • help shape a vision, priorities and a roadmap for skills development/ HRD in Albania until 2020 and monitor related strategies and action plans; • accompany the setting up of pilot multifunctional centres and contribute to VET system development in areas such as improved VET planning to meet national and regional employment and inclusion objectives, further development of the legal framework and a systematisation of qualifications, and • assist Albania with its integration in relevant EU platforms and processes and with the preparation of HRD measures following European Social Fund (ESF) principles and mechanisms.

Expected Achievements 2014 - 2017
To move forward with VET development, the country needs to achieve the following results by 2017: Responsibilities for vocational schools and vocational training centres have been brought together under one ministry. A Master Plan for VET has been agreed, including an overall national VET provider development plan, taking into account demographic, economic and social developments, training needs by both young people and adults from different backgrounds and at different skills levels, possibilities for transport and accommodation, as well as national and local capacities for funding contributions, involving also the private sector. Further infrastructure investments are based on estimates in terms of labour market and social demand, as well as cost. Responsible ministries and donors focus on modernising (a few) competence centres in VET - in some areas with the support from economic sector organisations/ private employers. 4-5 multifunctional VET centres have started to be operational. VET enrolments have gone up from 2013 levels (20%). Governance and legal frameworks have been developed further. VET teacher training is recognised as a key issue of concern; to solve part of the problem, obstacles have been removed to provide part of the teachers’ and students’ training within companies and to embed VET teacher training within school development projects. Private training provision is encouraged within agreed qualifications and quality frameworks. The national VET authority is performing its coordinating role for the entire VET sector.
ETF’s contributions/ achievements in this context are: • The ETF has provided timely and reliable support and analyses to the EC services with a view to make EU assistance efficient and effective. This concerns both relevant IPA 2013 projects and upcoming HRD-related operational plans, programmes and measures funded from IPA II. This may include monitoring, evaluation or impact assessment missions upon request. In addition, the ETF helps Albania to undertake analyses in line with EU requirements and integrate in relevant EU platforms and processes.



Topics

    VET system assessment

    Lifelong learning

    Put simply, lifelong learning means that people can – and should have the opportunity to – learn throughout their lives.

    Skills and migration

    Skills and migration

    Increased labour mobility across borders brings the skills issue onto the international agenda so the ETF also focuses on policy actions related to skills and employment of both emigrants and returnees.

    Entrepreneurial learning

    Entrepreneurial learning

    The ETF aims to develop the capacity of partner country institutions and other stakeholders in developing, monitoring and reviewing policies in the areas of entrepreneurial learning and enterprise skills.

    Employment and Employability

    Employment and Employability

    “Employment”: promoting better functioning and inclusive labour markets and vocational education and training systems in ETF partner countries.

    Qualifications Systems

    Qualifications Systems

    The ETF's role in qualifications is to provide expertise for the reform of qualifications systems in partner countries, in their various stages of planning and implementation.

    Learning and teaching in VET

    Learning and teaching in VET

    Teachers are a critical factor in education reforms. The ETF takes therefore the role of schools and teachers seriously throughout its work.

    VET quality assurance

    VET quality assurance

    Quality assurance is provided through the development of methodological instruments to facilitate a structured policy learning process, integrating quality assurance principles, and reinforcing the quality assurance dimension in the Torino Process.

    VET Governance

    People around a table

    Governance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.

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