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ECDL|Providing Essential eSkills to Jobseekers in Kosovo
The unemployment rate in Kosovo is estimated to exceed 45% - the highest rate in Europe, and one of the highest in the world. A major challenge facing the country is a lack of digitally-competent workers.
In order to help its citizens enter the job market faster, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in Kosovo has launched a vocational training of registered jobseekers in order to empower them with digital competences. As Mr. Nenad Rasic, former Minister of Labour and Social Welfare of the Republic of Kosovo, explains: "In modern economics, human resources are fundamental elements, and thus never hesitate to invest in yourself because you are the future of Kosovo."
Since its launch, the programme has delivered ECDL training and testing to 120 candidates by the Agency for Promotion of Employment in Kosovo. ECDL is the world’s leading computer skills certification – it has been delivered to over 14 million people in 150 countries.
In Kosovo, the programme has been provided by institutions including American University in Kosovo (AUK) and ‘Don Bosco’ vocational training centres. The project is co-financed by the Ministry, and by ‘Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation’ (LuxDev); LuxDev has launched two programmes dedicated to strengthening vocational training in Kosovo.
The ECDL certification adds an important asset to the skillset of each programme participant. “As a certificate, ECDL’s value in the job market is very high and we expect that candidates will not only get the knowledge, but their international certification will be an added value and will make them more competitive in the job market.” – explains Mr. Visar Jasiqi, Director of AUK Training and Development Institute.
"All jobs whether in administration or elsewhere,