Vet4WesternBalkans

Meeting 28. and 29. June 2021 at Alternative Pro, Tirana, Albania

Alternative Pro is a private VET school owned by Mr. Giancarlo Milanese and Ms. Lidiana Kockici. It started as a school with hair dressing courses, and the hairdressing education is still the flagship of the school, mainly because Mr. Giancarlo Milanese is a well-known and respected expert in this field. Alternative Pro is the first school in this field who are systematically teaching hairdressing theory – and not only practice. Other professions you can be educated for are: fashion designer, manager, make-up artist, operator, tourism operator, marketing specialist, esthetician and physiotherapist.

Alternative Pro is licensed to provide VET education and its courses are registered in the Ministry. Changes in the program must be approved by the Ministry. The school is licensed to develop curricula. Alternative Pro also has departments in Lezhë in Albanian and in Prizren in Kosovo. The students are between 17 and 35 years old. Many of their students come from rural areas.

In the field of VET education in Albanian there are both private and public providers. The private schools have much more independence than the public ones.

The Spanish participants presented CDEA: the educations and the applied pedagogical methods of the school (the presentation is attached to this meeting minutes). Some of the key words were learning by doing, active learning and work with challenges (cases): they are using the Ethazi-model focusing among others on challenges, collaborative learning, soft skills and labor marked orientation. https://tknika.eus/en/cont/proyectos/ethazi-3/

The students of CDEA all have 3 months’ work practice in a company and many of them get employment in the same company after they have graduated. Among the many educations CDEA are providing are Computer Science, Marketing and publicity and Hospitality and tourism.

It was agreed with the Albanian partners that there is a good potential for cooperation in the fields of marketing, management and tourism (and maybe IT/computer science). The dialogue between the Spanish and Albanian participants about how their cooperation will take place (regarding mobilities and trainings) was initiated and will continue during the kick off meeting in Denmark.

CDEA is also providing adult education and Lidiana mentioned that is could be an option for Alternative Pro to develop courses in this field since it is something new in Albania.

Another idea to work on in the framework of this project is entrepreneurship. It is already a topic in Alternative Pro but it could be good to develop a curriculum for it and CDEA is experienced in this.

Finally, it was discussed as an option to establish a class in tourism where students are taught the topics in English. It could be tested with just one class running parallelly with the classes in Albanian. CDEA already has material in English.

The presentations of the other EU partner school were shown and it was discussed who could be the second EU-school partner for Alternative Pro (CDEA is the primary partner).  Tradium, Denmark is relevant because it provides hairdressing education but since Alternative Pro is cooperating with a health care company working with healthcare technology and since the school also is considering providing elder care educations in the future, also SOSU could be a relevant second partner.

The Corona pandemic had serious consequences for Alternative Pro. All schools were closed meaning no income and therefor also the teachers could not have any salary and lost their job. Alternative Pro hopes to be able to work normally from September this year. However, since the rent for the current premises in Tirana is very high, it is considered either to find new ones or to give up the department in Tirana and continue only in Lezhë and Prizren.

 

About national events, campaigns and local Joint Task Force:

There is a need to elevate the status of VET in Albania and the campaigns and national events are important. It could be relevant to organize three small events: One in south Albania, one in Tirana and one in North Albania. Companies should be invited and involved. We should also try to involve the Ministries (two Ministries are relevant). Right now, it is difficult to work with them – they simply do not answer when you address them. Also, the municipalities where the department are located could be relevant to involve. Lidia informed that there is a national VET organisation in Albanian but Alternative Pro is not a member. She will try to find some info about them and we will try to involve them as well.

Partner: SOSU Østjylland

Country: Denmark

Contact person: Bodil Mygind

Email: bmm@sosuoj.dk

SOSU Østjylland is a major VET college in basic social and health care. The VET programs are based on the dual training principle: Theoretical and practical education at the college alternates with practical training in an approved company. This ensures that trainees acquire theoretical, practical, general and personal skills, which are in demand on the labour market. The college works in close cooperation with employers and is very experienced in mobilities, international cooperation and export of VET expertise. Its international strategy specifies that mobilities should support the personal and professional development of learners and staff and strengthen the organisation. Three staff members have been specialized in international cooperation. They are fulfilling tasks for Danish ministries and private companies in this field as a part of their job for the college. These staff will work in V4WB. The person to be manager of the project has extensive experience as project leader and key expert in projects in Albania, Russia, the Baltic States, Poland and Turkey and lately experience from ERASMUS+ KA2 and KA3 projects. This experience is crucial for leading a project with a big and varied consortium as this one.

Partner: Centro de Formación de Administración y Hostelería, S.L.

Country: Spain

Contact person: Eva Díaz

Email: ediaz@cebanc.com

Centro de Formación de Administración y Hostelería, S.L.  delivers in-service, initial and adult vocational training. It has two principal objectives: a) modernize and internationalize the institution through incoming and outgoing student and staff transnational mobility; b) participate in European and international co-operation projects. Ten of the tertiary level students do a thirteen-week internship in a foreign country each year. Around seven members of staff go on five-day mobility programmes that make an important contribution to their professional growth and degree of job satisfaction. It offers courses in hospitality and tourism and works closely together with Cebanc, which is offering administration, business and marketing, health and computer science. Two staff members from this partner will work in this project. One of them has a big experience with all aspects and challenges of mobilities; the other one has expertise within VET pedagogy.

Partner: Alternative Pro

Country: Albania

Contact person: Giancarlo Milanese

Email: milagian@gmail.com

Alternative Pro is one of the largest and best-established centers of learning in Albania. It educates fashion designers, hairdressers, managers, make-up artists, operators, tourism operators, and marketing specialists. It organizes courses for young women that cannot frequent schools because of economic and social problems in rural zones of Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia. The Albanian partner will select for the project activities, staff that are not only professionally and pedagogically competent but also open-minded, ready for changes and for sharing experiences with colleagues and others.

 

Partner: EfVET, European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Country: International NGO (officially registered under Belgian law)

Contact person: Stefano Tirati

Email: efvet-office@efvet.org

EfVET, European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training is a European umbrella organization of 220 technical and vocational education and training providers from 35 countries. It represents directly the views of its members on VET issues to all the European Union Institutions and Bodies and responds to all appropriate consultation processes. Staff from the organisation to take part in this project, will be persons with experience in dissemination and staff who has participated in the INTERVET Balkan project.

Partner: Tradium

Country: Denmark

Contact person: Anne Birthe Mortensen

Email: abm@tradium.dk

Tradium is a large VET provider with a broad spectrum of programs. It has very good connection to companies in the region and knows the needs of the labour market very well. All its VET programmes except one have the dual system (theoretical and practical education at the college alternates with practical training in an approved company). It has a well-established “guidance-center” as well as a team of company councellors, employed at the college. Furthermore, the local municipality has established its youth guidance center on its facilities. The organisation has experience from participation in projects aiming at attracting girls and woman to traditionally male dominated educations. Two staff members will work in the project. One of them is very experiences in counselling and career guidance, cooperation with companies and attracting females to male professions and the other is a teacher, educated in Kosovo and very familiar with the conditions on Western Balkan.

 

Partner: Šolski center Kranj

Country: Slovenia

Contact person: Nataša Kristan Primšar

Email: Natasa.kristan@sckr.si

Šolski center Kranj offers VET education in informatics, electro-technics, electro-energetics, mechatronics, economy, services and civil engineering. Educational work takes place in modern lecture halls, classrooms, laboratories and workshops. It has signed agreements with more than 300 companies and organizations where pupils and students can perform practical training. The organisation has staff experienced with the development of VET in Slovenia in the period from being a part of the socialist Yugoslavia to becoming an EU member stat with a liberal economy. This experience of going through transformation and adapting to new conditions is a competence that is relevant to share with the Western Balkan countries. Other relevant staff for this project is the teachers with teach subjects that are also common among our Balkan partners.

Partner: Stichting Landstede

Country: The Netherlands

Contact person: Lambert Smit

Email: lsmit@landstede.nl

Stichting Landstede has 20.000 students and offers a wide range of vocational programmes. It has built up a sustainable relationship with companies, schools and other kind of organisations not only locally, but also internationally. It provides competence-based education that gives students the opportunity to work on their own talents and is one of the leading organisations in this field in the Netherlands, where competence-based learning is being used in all VET. Staff with experience in competence-based learning will be involved in this project as well as staff with expertise in international cooperation.

Partner: Secondary Vocational School of Electrical Engineering ‘’Vaso Aligrudic’’ Podgorica

Country: Montenegro

Contact person: Selma Šabotic

Email: pedagog@ets-pg.edu.me

Secondary Vocational School of Electrical Engineering ‘’Vaso Aligrudic’’ Podgorica uses the latest educational programs and technology, implementing workshops and trainings to contribute the quality of teaching methods and to provide expert qualification for students and continuous development for teachers. It is licensed for adult education and uses educational programs (Construction and maintenance of electronic safety systems, installation and maintenance of electro-communicational systems, Repair and maintenance of electronic commercial devices etc.) implemented by new methodology. The Montenegrin partner will select for the project activities, staff that are not only professionally and pedagogically competent but also open-minded, ready for changes and for sharing experiences with colleagues and others.

Partner: Upper secondary technical school “Shaban Spahija”

Country: Kosovo

Contact person: Arben Gjikolli

Email: nebra592011@gmail.com / nebra592011@hotmail.com

Upper secondary technical school “Shaban Spahija” has about 1.000 students and offers VET education within electrical engineering, machinery, construction, and textiles. It has compiled a memorandum of understanding with local enterprises in order to define duties and responsibilities for internships. The Kosovo partner will select for the project activities, staff that are not only professionally and pedagogically competent but also open-minded, ready for changes and for sharing experiences with colleagues and others.

Partner: STANDO LTD

Country: Cyprus

Contact person: Anna Nicolaou

Email: standoutedu@standoltd.com

STANDO is a research and educational organisation, dedicated to the advancement of research and innovation and is, at the same time, an approved VET Centre (VET provider).It actively participates in the planning and implementation of national and international projects, aiming at providing innovative solutions that facilitate the development of people and the cohesion of societies. Its strength primarily lies in a highly qualified team and its extended network of international partners. For this project, the organisation will involve staff that are experts in dissemination, quality assurance, entrepreneurship fostering and innovation.

 

Partner: High school of Metalworking crafts

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Contact person: Elmedin Lukač

Email: direktor@jussmz.com.ba

High school of Metalworking crafts offers 3 years´ vocational education in all sorts of metalworking crafts such as car mechanic, metal sheet workmanship, welding, central heating and gas installations, water supply and sanitation installation, CNC machining technologies, jewelry crafts, among others. It also educates technicians in automotive field, mechatronics and aviation (engine and aircraft maintenance). The Bosnian partner will select for the project activities, staff that are not only professionally and pedagogically competent but also open-minded, ready for changes and for sharing experiences with colleagues and others.