The Albanian Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Blendi Klosi, is joining his country's delegation to Switzerland on 14 and 15 December. The delegation will be given a hands-on insight into the Swiss VET system during visits to a vocational school and training centres run by Swiss businesses. With the SDC's support, Mr Klosi will be able use the expertise that Switzerland has built up to improve policy framework conditions and the VET system in Albania, and so help significantly reduce youth unemployment in his country. The visit is taking place as part of a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project run by the SDC in Albania.
At least 30% of young Albanians are jobless and they often lack practical experience. This situation can be improved by raising the quality of the country's VET system and adapting it to market needs. If vocational school-leavers can go on to find good jobs, this will make VET an attractive alternative to academic education. For this to happen, there needs to be close cooperation between vocational schools and the business sector. This is one of the key factors in Switzerland's successful VET system.