ECDL|Providing Essential eSkills to Jobseekers in Kosovo 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,
are done using a computer. I think this is a strong
reason why everyone should have ECDL"

As Fatbardha Demolli, one of the Project participants, testifies: “Technology use is increasing every day and many things are now done digitally. Therefore, for me as a jobseeker, this is very welcome, especially knowing that it is an international standard. All jobs whether in administration or elsewhere, are done using a computer. I think this is a strong reason why everyone should have ECDL. This certification will help me in finding a job”.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare named the project of delivering ECDL certification as their most successful training scheme to date. The next phase of the initiative will see the project implemented on a local level in seven regions of Kosovo: Prishtina, Peja, Mitrovica, Prizren, Gjakova and Gjilan, giving people the eSkills necessary to succeed in the 21st century job market.

Contributed by: ECDL Foundation