Duration: March 2018 to February 2022 (phase I)
Implementers: Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Macedonian Civic Education Center (MCEC), and Economic Chamber of Macedonia
Partners: Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy as well as other relevant ministries, state institutions and schools for vocational education and training, municipalities, private sector companies, vocational skills development providers and civil society organizations.
Target Group: Under and unemployed youth aged 15-29 including vocational education and training students, as well as reaching out to women, Roma and persons with disabilities.
Overall project goal/expected results: More women and men, especially youth, obtain gainful employment due to improved vocational education and training and vocational skills development system, supported by E4E@mk project interventions.
Outcome 1: More under – and unemployed women and men, including from vulnerable groups, make use of the improved non-formal vocational training offer
The project will support training providers to offer market-demanded non-formal vocational skills development, support development of mechanisms to ensure that inclusive and affordable non-formal vocational skills development is effectively utilized and/or new ones are established and promote non-formal vocational skills development to be perceived as key element to lifelong learning and employment.
Outcome 2: Secondary school students benefit from more market-relevant formal vocational training, resulting from effective public-private partnerships
The project will support piloting alternating vocational education and training schemes through Private Public Partnerships, empower key educational institutions to provide quality vocational education and training and work on active promotion of vocational education and training with the objective to be perceived as viable career option.
Outcome 3: Strengthened vocational skills development – related institutions create more favourable framework conditions for the provision of and access to market-oriented and inclusive vocational skills development
By accessing international best practices, the project will strengthen the dialog among vocational skills development decision makers including the private sector. In addition, the project will offer viable solutions to public and private sector actors to increase resources for vocational skills development.