VET strategy related activities Support implementation of the (yet-to-be adopted) VET strategic action plan (based on the adopted national VET policy White Paper and Adult Education Strategy in December 2006). Legal, institutional and organisational activities for the establishment of a National Agency for VET and Adult Education, and a national VET Council commenced. More active Working Group on NQF incorporating all relevant actors. An NQF incorporating secondary and higher education to be considered. A sub-group on Accreditation and Certification issues established and meeting regularly. Study visit to a country in which these problems have been efficiently addressed. Management training programme delivered to MoE staff. Working Group established and Strategy Paper prepared on the most appropriate institutional response to adult learning needs, with a particular focus on vocational training centres. Human Resource Development Additional 500 teachers/trainers further trained in the 22 pilot schools under CARDS 2005 VET reform programme. School directors in the 22 pilot schools further trained in modern school management practice. MoE pedagogical advisors (approx. 30) trained. Dissemination of VET reform outputs to other non-pilot schools 300 teachers trained in 60 schools in the eight economic sectors who have not already received support under the CARDS 2003 and CARDS 2005 VET reform programmes. Curricula, teaching materials, etc distributed to the 60 selected schools. Regional Training Centres for Adults Five RTCs functioning in a more sustainable manner. EIB Education Sector Loan New build and/or upgraded infrastructure completed in the selected schools under the EIB Education Sector Loan Phase I. For the proposed EIB Education Sector Loan Phase II: Critical review of regulatory standards and proposal for changes. School map with clear indications on deficit or surplus demand projections over the next 10 years at primary and secondary levels. Develop an investment prioritisation and decision support framework. Equipment delivery Supervision on the delivery of specific technical equipment fully exploited, including the support to the beneficiaries in the preparation of certificates of acceptance. Training in IT network administration provided to those schools who have received IT equipment under CARDS 2006 allocation. Communications/Visibility/Public Relations High public awareness of national VET reform. Communications strategy for VET reform programme prepared and implemented.
Main beneficiaries include the MoE, the VET Centre within the Institute for Improvement of Education, pilot schools and secondary school students.
Apart from the MoE and the Institute for Improvement of Education/VET Centre, other partners are the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development (MoERD), National Employment Service (NES), Working Group for NQF in Higher Education, other relevant Agencies (such as the Republic Agency for SME Development), the employers’ organisations, Chambers of Commerce, Trade Unions, post-secondary colleges, NGOs, private training providers, and the research and expert community.
The VET Reform Programme has been running since 2003, administrated by the Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the European Union. The aim of the reform is the development of vocational education and training based on the needs of the economy and the labour market. In other words, the reformed VET system, planned as such, should educate students who will, after graduation, find employment easily and quickly, or go on to further education - higher school or university. During first two phases (implemented under CARDS support from 2003 to 2008) project was realised through several key areas aiming at the development and implementation of new strategies for vocational education and training based on the partnership with the economy, professional development of employees in education, implementation of new curricula, provision of high-quality training for adults, continuous innovations in the teaching process and modernised school infrastructure (new equipment and teaching aids). New or modernised curricula were developed for 28 pilot profiles in 8 sectors; over 2000 teachers were trained through more than 10 different types of seminar on implementing new curricula and modern teaching methods; more than 500 representatives of pilot schools and the Ministry of Education participated in over 30 study visits to educational institutions in EU countries; over 150 VET schools were equipped with € 3.6m worth of IT equipment, and along with that, specialised equipment necessary for the implementation of pilot curricula, worth about € 5.5m, was provided and installed in 71 pilot
The main goal of the project was to support national socio-economic development and cohesion through a coherent VET system and a well skilled labour force, adapted to the needs of the labour market.