Prizren – The business community in Prizren is striving to better inform workforce training strategies. The Vocational Education and Training Local Council (VETLC) of Prizren, established on February 16, 2016, is the newest public-private dialogue group that will contribute to aligning skills development and vocational education programs with the real needs of private business.
The purpose of the VETLC, led by the business community, is to advise the public and educational sectors, prioritizing and proposing concrete programs for developing labor force skills that actually serve business needs.
The meeting participants selected from their group seventeen members for the first Prizren VETLC, representing local businesses, vocational education schools, and relevant municipal departments.
Participants nominated and approved first Chair of the VETLC of Prizren – Furkan Rada, owner of Fashion Network Industries, who said “I am glad that we succeeded in establishing this entity today, because it gives us a real opportunity to contribute to workforce skills development in the region that will benefit all parties and generate more employment.”
The VETLC of Prizren is the first such entity established under USAID EMPOWER Private Sector’s initiative. The meeting was attended by Ryvë Prekorogja, from the MEST Department of VET, and Fikrije Zymberi from of the Agency of Vocational Education & Training and Adult Education. Both voiced their full support for the initiative, and stated their hope that it would serve as a model for other municipalities in Kosovo.
USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector, which started in July 2014, is a five-year project designed to stimulate large-scale job creation by elevating the competitiveness of Kosovo firms. The project is funded by USAID, and is implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. For more information visit www.empowerkosovo.org