Vocational education is taking ground in Albania. A larger share of youngsters enrolling in upper secondary education choose vocational education instead of gymnasium compared to five years ago (this does not apply for arts schools and foreign language schools at upper secondary level). Public investments in VET are increasing. Donors are contributing ever larger amounts in vocational education and training (VET) with the EU and Switzerland leading the way.
However, the increase in public and donor funding cannot meet the alarming need for the system to modernize and meet the demand of the private sector for a workforce that is up to speed with the developments of a given industry. In some cases, laboratories are outdated. In some other cases, they are not functional. Funds for purchasing materials for practical learning are very limited. In many vocational schools, classrooms are in very bad conditions. Waiting for the next round of investment from the Line Ministry may mean at least another five years. And when the investments are there, the project is not necessarily designed to meet contemporary standards and look ten years ahead.
In the meanwhile, the private sector out there struggles on a daily basis in need for qualified workers. When analyzing the vet sector, one naturally asks: To which extent is the vocational school today A partner of private sector companies? Are schools supplying companies with highly qualified workers who can help them provide top quality services or goods to their customers and become and/or remain competitive in a globalizing economy?
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