Germany to support Albania in vocational training programme

Germany to support Albania in vocational training programme

Germany will help Albania in the reformation of the education and vocational training system in a short time. During his stay in Germany, the Albanian Minister of Social Welfare and Youth Erion Veliaj signed a collaboration agreement with the  Institute for Education and Vocational Training in Land, Hamburg and the German office for International Collaboration (GIZ).

GIZ has been engaged in Albania on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since development cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Albania began in 1988. GIZ opened its office in Tirana in 2008 and currently has 11 seconded staff, four CIM experts and 56 national personnel staff working in the country.

Today in Germany about 50% of youth enrolled in vocational training and this is one of the main reasons that youth unemployment is one of the lowest among European Union countries. Meanwhile, in Albania, only 14%-15% of young people choose to enroll in vocational training programs. Our aim is to increase this percentage to 40%, and that is why Germany is our strategic partner in our efforts to recast of the educational system and vocational training in accordance with the dual system of Germany”, said Minister Veliaj.

The labor market in Albania requires more individuals that are trained in vocational courses because nine to ten vacancies published every day on the website of the National Employment Service require employees that have received vocational training. This is a signal that we should consider as a very important project, the increase of quality in the vocational system and also the number of students that enroll in these study programs.

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