The British Council received funding in support of Montenegro’s ambition to finalise its reform programme related to vocational education and training. With close to €750,000, the British Council will work with the country’s Ministry of Education, educational institutions, industry representatives, school teachers and leaders in order to ensure that Vocational Education and Training (VET) learning that takes place in schools responds to labour market demands.
The project’s ambition is to raise capacity of the recently formed sectoral commissions, similar to the UK Sector Skills Councils, and equip them with information and skills needed for their active role in the development of occupational standards and qualifications.
Connecting schools and businesses is expected to lead to the development of modernised competence-based VET curricula. This will facilitate students’ transition from school to work by making the skills and knowledge they gain relevant for the real world. Understanding career paths and demand for sectoral occupations in one’s field contributes to a more successful management of one’s career and increases chances of young for a smooth entry into the labour market.
In order to accomplish such a complex task, the project requires strengthening professional competencies of VET teachers who will be trained to support the development of key competences of VET students while also helping secondary school students acquire skills for their own career development.
The project will also work with businesses to create more opportunities for structured learning in work place as well in a form of practical training through school-business collaboration.
This project is a major chance for Montenegro to improve current VET offers and increase their impact at national level.