Bringing international and local stakeholders together to brainstorm is helpful to see things from different vantage points. Therefore, on February 23rd, 2021, the Project ESVET PRO- KSV/801 organized a hybrid (in-person and online) workshop to review the methodology for the graduate tracking system. This workshop stimulated real-time thoughts, ongoing ideas and discussions with the international and local stakeholders present.
The graduate tracking system will provide the VET stakeholders, schools and Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) with evidence on the graduates’ employability data and skill relevance to the labour market needs.
Based on the latest decision of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo against the Covid-19 pandemic, the Project hosted 30 participants and took the necessary measures to keep everyone safe during the workshop.
The workshop brought together important VET stakeholders from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), the Employment Agency of the Republic of Kosovo (EARK), the Municipal Education Directorates, donor-funded projects, and NGOs. Other representatives who could not join the event from the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the Ministry of Education and Science of North Macedonia participated via the Zoom platform.
In the first part of the workshop, the Project presented the draft methodology about establishing and implementing the Graduate Tracking System and the support that the Project will provide in this matter.
In the second part, based on experience and practical examples, VET stakeholders engaged in in-depth discussions about establishing a sustainable and rigorous methodology for Tracer Study, which will serve in the long-term in the VET sector in Kosovo. In the end, an expert from ETF gave a very positive note about the draft methodology and confirmed the willingness of ETF to cooperate with the Project in this direction.
This workshop was very fruitful and an important step towards creating a graduate tracking system, which can be a valuable tool that contributes to the labour market information system. The graduate tracking system for the VET sector is implemented in many countries in the world and in the region; therefore, having such a system implemented in Kosovo is a crucial step to be closer to European Union standards.
Reviewing the national plan for implementing the Graduate Tracking System is important and a great achievement of ESVET PRO and the MEST and a great example of synergy and cooperation between all stakeholders involved in the VET sector.