Priority area Sustainable economic development Creating opportunities for young people

Nearly all Albanian companies are micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Many of them operate in the informal sector. The education system and especially the vocational training system are not geared towards enterprises' needs.

Training of chefs in a vocational school in Kamza, Albania

Training of chefs in a vocational school in Kamza, Albania

Training of chefs in a vocational school in Kamza, Albania

This is making it difficult for young people to find appropriate jobs. And many companies complain that they cannot find suitable skilled labour. Many workers, especially those who are well-educated or well-trained, migrate to other countries in search of better opportunities.
German activities

The purpose of German development cooperation activities is to create more jobs, with a focus on the long-term viability of the jobs, and higher incomes. Together with the Albanian government, Germany has drafted an employment promotion strategy that is now being implemented:

  • In addition to providing support for a vocational school, Germany is assisting Albania in helping ten vocational training centres to operate more professionally. There is also close cooperation with private training facilities.
  • Based on collaboration with training facilities and business associations, training programmes are being created for entrepreneurs who want to improve their business skills.
  • Support is being provided to disadvantaged population groups (youth, women, minorities, persons with disabilities) through pre-vocational training courses to help them find new job opportunities. Active efforts are also being made to include people in these programmes who have spent some time abroad, especially in Germany.

Advice is being provided to ministries and authorities on how they can prepare and implement their own strategies and projects for economic development, employment promotion and a better investment climate.

IT training of young people in a vocational school in Kamza, Albania

IT training of young people in a vocational school in Kamza, Albania

IT training of young people in a vocational school in Kamza, Albania