Engaging the private sector in VET Schools: For a long time one of the setbacks in Albania’s VET system was the lack of sustainable contact with the private sector and the labour market. The project is building interesting links between companies and schools. As a result, apprenticeships based on hybrid three partite contracts between school, companies and parents, as well as summer internships are part of cooperation modalities. For the first time in Albanian VET system, practical training is carried out in a company throughout all qualification period starting from the 10th grade. Other forms of private sector engagement include support to curricula and learning materials development, practical teacher training, and students’ assessment. Industry leaders are sought not only to impart skills to apprentices, but also to publicly endorse VET as a viable career path.
In the area of hospitality and tourism, schools are now actively cooperating with top resorts, slow-food and fusion cuisine restaurants, wellness centers and adventure tourism operators.
Given the small size and number of ICT companies, distant learning apprenticeship are being developed. In order to bridge practical skills gab in ICT sector, also project-based learning is utilized.