This is official page of the project “Aligning Education and Training with Labour Market Needs – ALLED Phase II”,funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation.
As presented and approved in the project Inception report for communication purposes acronym ALLED2 will be used in the same understanding.
ALLED 2 project is a continuation of ALLED 1
For societies sustainable development, being Industry 4.0 ready, able to compete in global market with every citizen included, quality of education and training and lifelong learning is essential for economic growth and development and wellbeing of every citizen.
People are the most valuable resource
For each society being able to compete in global market and being Industry 4.0 ready aligning education and training with labour market needs is a must as a constant process for smart planning and development in the long-term. Let’s move step forward towards the process through ALLED2 project as the future is in our schools today.
Being aware that education is a backbone of every society ALLED2 project is building further of the achievements of the ALLED1 with clear objective to move from project driven to process embedded developments in Kosovo in these sphere being aware that world of work and world of education are two hands of the same body.
The project is financed by EU within financial envelop IPA II 2017 for Kosovo with
co-funding by the Austrian Development Cooperation ADA. According to the IPA 2017
financing decision project is implemented by Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
represented by Austrian Development Cooperation Office in Kosovo via Indirect Management
Project is implemented by ADA Project Implementation Unite (PIU) team.
Principles of structured knowledge management related to knowledge cumulation, knowledge
sharing and peer learning as well as transfer of tacit knowledge to formalized knowledge
will be applied horizontally.
Through the whole project implementation environment protection awareness, gender
mainstreaming and social inclusion/impact principles will be horizontally applied in all
project results and activities.
The overall objective of the project ALLED2 is to reduce poverty through increased labour
market participation and improved employability for the population in Kosovo.
All planned actions and activities will support Kosovo’s Ministry of Education, Science
and Technology (MEST) and Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW) in reforming the
education and training system to link education and training with labour market needs,
and to reflect the European Framework of Key Competences.
The specific purpose of the ALLED2 is to strengthen the quality and relevance of
education and training programmes for the labour market and to support the adaptation of
the legislative framework and mechanisms as a precondition for increased employability.
Attention is on emphasizing the further step in aligning education with the labour
market; in building, concrete cooperation models and measures between education and
training and private sector with systemic effects. The new structured approach of
building an education system responsive to the labour market and the many opportunities
bringing both education and labour market representatives together, highlight innovation
as a driving force in aligning education with labour market needs.
ALLED2 project aims to support innovative structured approach based on triple helix
principle (structured public sector – academia – business cooperation) building an
education system, especially VET, responsive to the labor market needs and contributing
to economic growth and development and overal employability.
The specific objectives of the project, in line with the “EU Action Document for Kosovo
2017”, Kosovo Education Strategy and Kosovo Economic Reform Agenda, are:
1. Strengthen the link between Higher Education and Labour Market Needs by the
development and modernisation of HE programmes according to labour market needs;
2. Improve the teacher training programmes in order for them to conform with the
requirements of the New Curriculum of Kosovo and the priorities of MEST;
3. Enhance the quality of practical and applied teaching and learning in Vocational
Education and Training (VET) schools and Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) in core
occupational sectors relevant to market needs, including career guidance and
4. Enable a better understanding of beneficiary and international qualifications and
further develop and modernise Kosovo’s Qualification System for Qualification Framework
ALLED 2 project will support upgrading of VET programs as well as quality of teaching and
learning processes in following sectors in Kosovo: agriculture, food processing,
mechanical engineering and energy sector. Sectors of project interventions are selected
based on recommendations and findings from “Labour Market Needs Analysis – Perspective
for the future in Kosovo” (July 2019, ALLED2).
The project are contributing to the following expected
Expected Result 1: Study programmes serve as a competence hub for the industry and VET:
curricula, diploma supplement and faculty management are enhanced, labour
market-relevant and lead to increased employability;
Expected Result 2: Professional qualifications and occupational standards meet NQF
criteria for validation, Quality Assurance (QA) arrangements are further improved and
are elaborated at the policy level and the link to progression pathways between HE and
VET is defined;
Expected Result 3: Vocational Education Training (VET) schools and Vocational Training
Centres (VTCs) offer qualitative programmes based on the Labour Market Needs; including
Training of Teachers/Trainers (ToT), sustainable quality assurance mechanisms and
provision of relevant equipment;
Expected Result 4: Education and training system related Governance procedures support
the alignment of education and training with labour market needs;
Expected Result 5: The link between the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and the
Business sector is more structured; certain planning tools for VET are sustainably in
place; and incentives are identified and piloted.
Project Direct beneficiaries: Ministry of
Education, Science and Technology (MEST), Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW),
Public universities, Municipal Education Departments (MED), VET schools, Vocational
Training Centres (VTC), Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA), National Qualifications
Project Indirect beneficiaries: HE, VET and VTC
students, job seekers, private sector, adult learners, including diverse women and men.
As defined per DoA the project is steered by Steering Board. In the inception phase
Steering Board ToR1 have been developed and approved (by EU delegation). Project SB will
provide support for the project’s implementation, adequate monitoring of the project’s
progress, overall strategic guidance of all activities performed during project
implementation and receiving and commenting reporting. The Steering Board will meet on a
regular basis (at least twice a year)2. Additional meetings of the Steering Board can be
held on request from the members of the Steering Board. The Steering Board will be
informed by, and reported to, by the PIU about the progress of the project, and will
make recommendations based on the information provided by the PIU and stakeholders’
comments. The Steering Board evaluate, discuss and endorse all required reports
(Inception, semi-annual, annual and final). The PIU will incorporate all the
recommendations given by the Steering Board in its project implementation.
The SB consists of one representative of each of the following institutions:
Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MEST) – voting member
Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW) – voting member
European Union Office in Kosovo (EUOK) – voting member
Austrian Development Agency (ADA) – voting member; in the case of equal unresolved voting (equal distribution of votes) ADA has the right of final decision being that it has the overall responsibility for the project
European Training Foundation (ETF) – observer – non-voting member
Team leader of ALLED 2 – non-voting member
In the reporting period respective SB members are nominated by respective institutions as
per official communication by PIU in line with ToR.
In order to ensure efficient and effective communication as well as sound implementation
of the project and involvement of all project stakeholders on the initiative of the PIU,
ALLED2 Advisory Board has been be established.
The Advisory Board (AB) consists of assigned representatives from key project relevant
institutions with non-voting right.
The AB consist of one representative of each of the following institutions:
1. Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA)
2. National Qualification Authority (NQA)
3. Employment Agency of the Republic of Kosovo (EARK)
4. Rectors Conference (RC)
5. Kosovo Chamber of Commerce (KCC)
6. Project Implementation Unit (PIU) – team leader and key component experts
The AB members may be invited to attend SB meeting and/or present certain topics to SB
members (with non-voting right) upon prior announcement.
Representatives of CO-PRN and EUOK may attend the AB meetings as well.