Newsletter 7

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‘Winter school’ by ‘S4J Academy’ – an amazing platform for sharing and growing (professionally)

For nearly three years now, ‘Skills for Jobs’ project is working closely with seven VET providers, supporting them with a series of processes aimed at the transformation of the VET institutions. During this period, the project has accumulated in-depth knowledge of the VET system and the way in which VET institutions operate, drawing a series … Continue reading ‘Winter school’ by ‘S4J Academy’ – an amazing platform for sharing and growing (professionally)

Get ready for the future: e-vehicle service station at SHIP Vlore

Electric vehicles (EVs) are increasing in number every day also in Albania. Waiting until they overtake the number of diesel or petrol-driven motors for creating skills to maintain or fix them is an old way of doing things. As EVs present one of the latest trends in the automotive industry, it is mandatory for teachers and … Continue reading Get ready for the future: e-vehicle service station at SHIP Vlore

Ensuring quality in apprenticeships: Instruments for planning and assessing work-based learning, prepared and in use

Ensuring the delivery of quality apprenticeships is a priority for ‘Skills for Jobs’ and its partner VET providers. In this light, in late 2019, the project, together with pedagogical experts, engaged in preparing a Manual to help teachers and instructors in Planning and Assessing Apprenticeships. A series of meetings in every S4J partner school were … Continue reading Ensuring quality in apprenticeships: Instruments for planning and assessing work-based learning, prepared and in use

1420 students and trainees successfully placed into apprenticeships

At ‘Skills for Jobs’ we understand the importance of applied VET programs, delivered in partnership with the private sector. Since the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, partner VET providers have actively engaged in placing the new cohort of students in apprenticeships in business. By beginning of January 2019, most students enrolled in the 10th … Continue reading 1420 students and trainees successfully placed into apprenticeships

Are VET institutions prepared for institutional and financial autonomy?

Institutional and financial autonomy is essential for the sustainable functioning of Vocational Education and Training providers in the future. Policy makers in Albania share the vision of empowered VET providers, able to efficiently manage their resources and ensure the successful performance of the institution. Even though such autonomy is envisaged in the VET law, it … Continue reading Are VET institutions prepared for institutional and financial autonomy?

Choosing careers

There are many cases when parents decide to enrol their children in the VET school, despite having very few information about a certain profession or their children lacking the minimum required skills related to this profession. This directly impacts the performance of the student in the VET school and in the future, in the labour … Continue reading Choosing careers

The first cohort of certified in-company mentors!

At ‘Skills for Jobs’ we value mentoring as a unique experience that involves a lot of important responsibilities. Therefore, capacity building for in-company mentors is imperative for the delivery of qualitative apprenticeships in partnership with the private sector. In this light, in late 2018, S4J supported the delivery of a ‘Training of Trainers’ programme on … Continue reading The first cohort of certified in-company mentors!

‘New Work Plan 2010-2022 of the National Strategy for Employment and Skills’ validated by line ministry in participatory workshop with public VET providers

In mid-February 2019, ‘Skills for Jobs’ supported the line ministry with the organization of a 2-day workshop, aiming at strengthening the cooperation between VET providing institutions and state institutions under the new Work Plan 2020-2022 of the National Strategy for Employment and Skills (SKPA 2014-2020). This meeting brought together in an interactive format the leaders … Continue reading ‘New Work Plan 2010-2022 of the National Strategy for Employment and Skills’ validated by line ministry in participatory workshop with public VET providers

Have you heard about the students’ marketing team?

For a few months now, students in S4J partner schools were getting excited about one thing: the students marketing team. This new unit is designed to support DU staff, more specifically the teachers in charge of Institutional Marketing, in organizing and coordinating marketing initiatives. Moreover, it promises VET students the opportunity to blend their academic … Continue reading Have you heard about the students’ marketing team?

Bringing business into schools to make the VET offer relevant to the labour market

In order to ensure relevance between VET programmes and the labour market, it is imperative for VET providers to periodically review and adjust their offer. For this reason, in February 2019, ‘Hamdi Bushati’ school in Shkodra organized a round of meetings with representatives from the private sector, to discuss about their needs for skills and … Continue reading Bringing business into schools to make the VET offer relevant to the labour market