Funded by SDC, and implemented by the consortium HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Kosovo and Management Development Associates (MDA), the EYE project aims to increase employability and employment of young women and men in Kosovo – through a socially inclusive and sustainable way by focusing on three components.
- Skills Supply according to market demand
- Improved Job Matching Service and Information
- Private Sector Development
Under skills supply project component project has three specific outputs, such as:
- Public-private dialogue for improved skills is enhanced between formal education/training providers and private sector
- More non-formal training providers offer demand-oriented and socially inclusive training programs for youth
- Private sector is engaged in delivering (dual) training models to youth
EYE has started its second implementation phase 2017-2020 after completing the first phase (2012- 2016). The intervention related to initiation of dual track education is a brand-new intervention.
Many businesses in Kosovo already invest own capital and resources into training of their staff. In more advanced education systems – similar to the Swiss dual system – the private sector shares the responsibility in vocational training of youth e.g. though the provision of internships, apprenticeships, the seconding of technical staff to schools etc. Under this output 1.3, EYE will thus aim at stimulating an enhanced role of the private sector in targeted economic subsectors in the provision of vocational training. The output is connected with the project’s intervention under output 1.1, where specific opportunities for private sector involvement in training delivery (beyond the aspect of dialogue emphasised thereunder) will be explored in round-table discussions involving VET schools, VTCs, municipalities and private sector representatives. The initiation of dual track education will be piloted at subsectors with development potential in partnership with sector associations or subsector clusters, e.g. wood processing association, ICT association, etc. The interventions will try to introduce below mentioned dual track elements:
Development of dual track education scheme through facilitation of regular meetings between private sector representatives and MEST to ensure that identified constraints by both sides are addressed throughout joint engagement
Development of training program to increase in-company mentor capacities to supervise the students and training of mentors jointly with identified sector associations
Development of standardized documentation for dual track education including the monitoring documentation of students
Adaptation of legal framework
Curricula developed with private sector inputs
Training of trainers if needed