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 early and sustainable employment while responding to the needs of an ever-changing private sector. However, it needs to be at the forefront of technological improvement and innovative initiatives. Therefore, it should focus on improving the quality of its offer – this by taking into consideration collectively aspects of teaching, institutional functioning, relationships with private sector and other social partners, soft skills and work-based learning. Only by continuously striving to offer high level of services they could fulfil their role in the socio-economic space of the country.
In this regard, during the past year, VET schools have continued diversifying their offer with technical assistance from “Skills for Jobs”. The purpose is to ensure that VET programs equip students with the relevant skills required in the labour market. So far, we have seen many returns.
Food Technology is the new direction that will be offered from “Kolin Gjoka” vocational school in Lezha starting from the 2019-2020 academic year. The need for the new direction was presented from food processing companies operating in the Lezha and Shkodra Region at a workshop held in November 2018, during the Week for Apprenticeships. These companies will also provide opportunities for work-based learning for the students enrolled in the new direction.
The revised national ICT curricula is now in use in all vocational schools of Albania offering the ICT direction. The revision process was led by NAVETQ with the support of “Skills for Jobs” and participation of the best experts and professionals of the industry. Starting from this academic year, students in the 10th grade will also learn about programming, an ICT sector increasing in demand.
A new module on “Safety at work with hybrid and electric vehicles” will be integrated in the curricula of the “Servicing Transport Vehicles” direction at industrial “Pavarësia” school in Vlora. In order to prepare teachers and instructors with the necessary knowledge and skills, earlier this year, an industry standards Training of Trainees (ToT) program was delivered at the newly furnished workshop for electric vehicles in the same school.
Digital Marketing is another module that will be offered to 12th year students enrolled in the ICT, Economy and Tourism & Hospitality directions in all S4J VET providers. More than 30 teachers will be trained to deliver the new module, as well as will be assisted with digital learning materials.