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Internships for university students and graduates in VET providers

 There are several ways how institutions can collaborate with partner entities. Offering internships is one of these forms. Offering internship programs help the institution to expand its areas of activity and partnerships, creating new collaboration programs and opportunities of mutual benefit that enhance its potential. Internships are beneficial both for the institution and the intern, … Continue reading Internships for university students and graduates in VET providers

Welcoming a new generation in VET schools

Since 2018-2019 academic year, S4J partner VET providers have made it a priority to welcome 10th grade students in the best of ways. To provide support on this, “Skills for Jobs” has prepared and made available to providers a manual for onboarding newcomers during the first week of school (click here for manual in Albanian). … Continue reading Welcoming a new generation in VET schools

A new academic year started: Focus on Quality and Diversification of Offer

A new academic year has just started, bringing along exciting challenges and opportunities for VET students and teachers. While this is a new beginning for many students, it also represents an important moment for the institutions’ management and performance.  The VET sector is an important link of economic and social development. It offers opportunities for … Continue reading A new academic year started: Focus on Quality and Diversification of Offer

Human Capital Development in Albania: The Role of Vocational Education and Training

Albania is implementing various educational reforms aimed at improving the country’s human capital. In this process, Swisscontact is committed to a strong role of vocational education and training. Human capital is a key factor to economic growth, sustainable development and competitiveness of a country. Only a small number of countries manage to use their citizens’ … Continue reading Human Capital Development in Albania: The Role of Vocational Education and Training

An eventful summer for S4J partner VET providers

Summer never goes quietly for S4J partner VET providers. Let’s dive into some of the main activities of this season. School promotion initiatives continued throughout the summer in all partner providers. Vocational “Hamdi Bushati” school in Shkodra and “Kristo Isak” in Berat organized week-long summer camps. Through engaging and fun activities, 9th grade students participating … Continue reading An eventful summer for S4J partner VET providers

Establishing regional dialogue platforms for skills development

Since August 2019, ‘Skills for Jobs’ project has supported key public and non-public VET and university providers at the district level to establish a regional dialogue platform in collaboration with companies / employers in the region. The creation of regional dialogue platforms was identified as a necessity for the offer diversification process, not only for … Continue reading Establishing regional dialogue platforms for skills development

Tracing graduates

Each academic year, by the end of May, teachers, instructors and administrative staff of S4J partner VET providers engage in a very important process: tracing graduates. The process is done following the Tracer methodology first piloted with the support of the project in 2017 (click here for Tracer manual, Albanian only). Since then, three cohorts … Continue reading Tracing graduates

Strengthening VET institutions through strategic planning

During May-June 2019, “Skills for Jobs” (S4J) supported the development of Strategy Documents and Action Plans for partner VET providers. This process was largely driven by observations from joint initiatives implemented in the 1st phase of the project, feedback from partner providers and most importantly, findings from self-assessment process (2019-20 academic year). With the aim … Continue reading Strengthening VET institutions through strategic planning

How does the “Skills for Jobs” apprenticeships model work?

This article first appeared on Swisscontact Worldwide 2018 Annual Report. Link for original article at the bottom. Since 2017, “Skills for Jobs” project has supported six vocational schools and their partner businesses to pilot an Albanian model of apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity for exposing students to the world of work, in order to … Continue reading How does the “Skills for Jobs” apprenticeships model work?

More initiatives in continuing professional development for VET teachers and instructors

Continuing professional development (CPD) is important because it ensures that individuals continue to be competent in their profession. It is an ongoing process that continues throughout a professional’s career and delivers benefits to the individual, their profession and the public. At “Skills for Jobs”, we understand the importance of exposing teachers and instructors to a … Continue reading More initiatives in continuing professional development for VET teachers and instructors