Labour market data suggest that the economic growth experienced in Albania during the last two decades has not been translated into significant labour market improvements. In 2017, labour force participation rates remain below European averages, with women participation rates significantly lower than men’s (58% for women and 76 % for men). Youth unemployment rate has a decreasing trend (26% in 2017 compared to 34.2% in 2015) but it remains a critical issue, since 32.8% of all youth population is neither in employment nor in education or training. The Government of Albania has expressed commitment to address job creation and skills development, with a particular focus on the employment of youth and women. Priorities include the substantial reorientation of vocational education and training (VET) towards labour market needs. The Skills for Jobs project (S4J) strengthens vocational education and training and orients it towards the labour market while making it attractive to youth. Perceptions need to change regarding this form of education whereas the economy would benefit from a better match between skills obtained during education and future employment. So far, public vocational schools have little experience in working together with the private sector and still need to improve their performance, efficiency and effectiveness. The project engages with private and public providers to fill gaps in skills, knowledge, and attitude among graduates seeking employment.
The expected outcomes are:
1) Young people receive new skills and knowledge that matches market demands in tourism & hospitality, construction, textile, and ICT;
2) The private sector cooperates more actively with skills providers in Lezhë, Vlorë, Berat, Shkodër and Tiranë.