The MoMaVet project focuses on Albania.
The European Council opened accession negotiations with Albania in 2020 and the European Commission adopted the enlargement package in the same year. Albania has since then continued to fulfil all the conditions set by the EU.
The country has made further significant progress in addressing the other priorities highlighted by the Council, consolidating, among other things, the institutional framework of education and vocational training.
In particular, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, as the lead institution in the implementation process of the National Strategy for Employment and Skills 2014-2022, coordinates its work with other sectoral strategies and policies to achieve a significant impact on the labour market. The National Agency for Employment and Skills (NAES), the National Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Qualifications (NAVETQ, a partner in this proposal) and the State Inspectorate of Labour and Social Services (SILSS) are the main institutions belonging to the Ministry and responsible for the implementation of training, employment and skills policies.
Within this framework, in recent years, Albania has continued to actively participate in EU programmes, in particular Erasmus+, with excellent results in 2020, but this was mainly in terms of higher education mobility (Albania was involved in 4,078 mobilities, including students, academic and administrative staff) and capacity building.
Considering that international mobility and work-based learning are widely recognised as key elements for the success of vocational education and training in terms of responding to labour market needs, i.e. employability, being equipped with a number of teachers capable of designing, implementing and evaluating mobility strategies and activities is increasingly becoming a crucial resource for schools, particularly vocational education and training schools.
IFOA and AKMI, partners in the project, by pooling their knowledge of the Albanian VET system and their expertise in terms of Erasmus+ planning and international mobility, have taken up this challenge and aim, with a view to integration and Albania’s accession to the EU to prepare VET schools to include learning mobility experiences in their curricula by providing them with an initial group of precursor teachers (“Mobility managers”) and appropriate guidelines, with the ultimate goal of increasing the willingness and chances of Albanian schools’ participation and success in EU programmes, first and foremost Erasmus+.
Erasmus+ Capacity Building in VET
01/2023 -12/2025 (36 months)
Italy, Greece, Albania
The main general objective of this proposal is to support the capacity of the Albanian Vocational Training System to open up to internationalisation and to access mobility activities, including the participation in European programmes, with particular reference to Erasmus+ KA1. The specific objectives target two levels of intervention:
- a strategic, institutional, decision-making one, as it aims at providing capacity building to NAVETQ, favouring the development/improvement/testing/adoption of processes and procedures to include international mobility as a part of regular VET curricula.
- an operational one, as it aims at physically building a core team of up to 20 teachers ready to perform through Erasmus+ in up to 10 VET schools and to provide them with learning tools and chances.
In this framework, the epected results of the project can be summarised as follows:
- increase the capacity of VET providers in the fields of management, inclusion, quality assurance, innovation and internationalisation;
- support the exposure of VET school managers, policy makers and teachers to approaches bringing the labour market and VET closer (through WBL during mobility);
- improve the knowledge, managerial and pedagogical skills of VET teachers;
- integrate the input from VET teachers and learners into curriculum, profile design and training reform;
- improve the level of competences, skills and employability potential of VET learners by making them proxy to mobility activities, with special focus on key competences, basic language, and ICT skills;
- pave the way to future, further cooperation across Albania and the EU through joint initiatives.
- IFOA: Istituto Formazione Operatori Aziendali IT https://www.ifoa.it (ITALY)
- NAVETQ: MINISTRIA E FINANCAVE DHE EKONOMISË akafp.gov.al (ALBANIA)
- AKMI: AKMI ANONIMI EKPAIDEFTIKI ETAIRIA GR akmi-international.com (GREECE)
- AITA: ALBANIAN INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION (AITA) https://dm-consulting.biz/ (ALBANIA)