Addressing the demand for skills in a global economy
Skills for Employability is a British Council programme that addresses the demand for skills in a global economy so that national educational and training systems are better able to respond to labour market demands and learner needs.
Skills for Employability focuses on building strong relationships with industry and employers, governments and training providers, using the UK’s expertise on standards, innovation and creativity in the field of skills training where the UK is a market leader. Through policy dialogue, seminars and conferences, Skills for Employability brings international agencies and governments together to share the skills challenges and solutions for their education and training systems.
In Kosovo for five years now we have been working closely with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the National Qualifications Authority (MoE body) in setting standards in Quality Assurance in HE and TVET.
A new element that has been added to the project this year, which will make a significant change in the VET education sector nation-wide, is the EQF (European Qualifications Framework) Reference Process.
The process aims to:
- simplify communication between players involved in the education and training processes of the various countries and within each country;
- allow the translation, collocation and comparison between different learning outcomes, allowing qualifications and competences to be used also outside the country in which they were earned;
- make it easier to match the needs expressed by the labour market and the education and training opportunities offered in the various countries;
- support the validation processes for non-formal and informal learning;
- act as a common point of reference for the quality and development of education and training;
- contribute to the development of qualifications at a sectorial level, acting as a point of reference. Common levels of reference and descriptors should make it easier for stakeholders to identify the interconnections and synergies with the sectorial qualifications; and
- stimulate and guide reforms and the development of new national qualification structures.