Remote Apprenticeships in ICT for albanian VET students
The future looks bright for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) students in vocational education in Albania. Eleven industry leading companies have teamed up with two vocational schools in Lezha and Vlora municipalities to offer apprenticeships for 98 students.
This cooperation is promoted and supported by ‘Skills for Jobs’ (S4J), an SDC funded project that facilitates the collaboration between enlightened employers and VSD providers.
ICT companies in Albania are struggling to find qualified workers, especially for programming, a market that is expanding rapidly in recent years. Thus, they are looking at the vocational educational system to adress this challenge, by engaging to offer apprenticeships for VET students.
Because most ICT companies in Albania are based in Tirana, the capital, it became a necessity to design an apprenticeship scheme which would link Tirana based companies with vocational education students throughout the country. As ICT allows people to work wherever they are, remote apprenticeship model was developed as a solution.
The apprenticeship model started operating in early March 2018. Students engage every week in apprenticeship sessions with business mentors over virtual communication and project management platforms.
Anxhela Xhallari, student in “Pavarësia” school in Vlora says that for her “this is an exciting experience”. Stela Dedgjonaj, student in “Kolin Gjoka” school in Lezha finds this “an excellent opportunity to work for important companies such as Vodafone”.
“Skills for Jobs” (S4J) is an SDC funded project, implemented by Swisscontact. The project aims to strengthen vocational education and training and orient it towards the labor market, while making it attractive to youth.
Since 2016, the project supports 7 vocational institutions in 5 regions of Albania to make the learning process more attractive for students, build strong partnerships with businesses and provide a smooth transition from school to work environment by providing career guidance.
Click here to watch the “Skills for Jobs” (S4J) project video.