In the framework of the Graduate Tracking System, the Project conducted several trainings for capacity building of VET institutions for the implementation of Tracer Studies (TS).

In order to further establish the TS implementation support model, the Project prepared a training programme involving relevant MESTI, EARK, and AVETAE staff to support the effective utilisation and monitoring of TS implementation. In addition, the Project has developed and implemented a capacity building programme for VET institutions in implementation of tracer studies. VET schools and VTCs are responsible to perform operational measures at school level to best utilize the implementation of tracer studies. The objective of this programme was to build the capacities of the key actors at central and local level in the implementation of tracer studies.

The training was done in five regions and covered directors of all VET schools and VTCs, and the staff of MESTI and Employment Agency of the Republic of Kosovo (EARK). The training was divided into two parts; the first was to inform relevant stakeholders about the methodology and implementation of the Tracer Study and responsibilities of VET institutions in this regard. The second part was a hands-on training to provide a broad overview of use and management of Tracer Study Information System (TSIS).

At the end of these training sessions, all participants received certificates for the successful completion of these training. The certificates were handed over by Mr Daniele Cristian Passalacqua, the Chief Technical Advisor of ESVET PRO Project, who also shared information regarding the importance of Tracer Studies and emphasized:

“These training are just the beginning of a long journey toward the full-operationalization of the National Graduate Tracking System, respectively Tracer Studies. It was a great pleasure for our Project to start this initiative. Tracer studies are widespread in the VET sector in the region because institutions are interested in feedback from their former students to improve their study programmes and to show new applicants how their graduates have managed the transition to employment.”

The training programme materials will be transferred to MESTI along with a roadmap to enable the continued delivery of the training programme.