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Adult learning in Bosnia and Herzegovina
14 November 2011

There is a growing consensus in Bosnia and Herzegovina that adult learning – used as a blanket term for adult education and continuing vocational training – is of great importance for the country’s socio-economic development. The country’s National Report produced for CONFINTEA VI formed a basis for discussions on adult learning at the European Training Foundation (ETF) workshop “Vocational education and training reforms within a lifelong learning perspective in Bosnia and Herzegovina: what is at stake?”, held in Banja Vrućica on 26 October. Key national stakeholders reviewed recent achievements, challenges and opportunities in VET policy implementation, with a specific focus on adult learning.


New website for better policy making in education and training
14 November 2011

Up to date research and information on the economics of education, tailor-made to the needs of busy policy makers, is now available on the re-vamped website of the European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE).The network supports reforms and identification of investment priorities in the area of education and training. Read more at www.education-economics.org


Workforce Development Donor Coordination Meeting
14 November 2011

dvv international for Bosnia and Herzegovina organised the third Workforce Development Donor Coordination Meeting which was originally initiated by GIZ BiH. It took place at the Bosnian cultural centre on 9th November 2011. The participants of the meeting were representatives of GIZ BiH, Firma projekt, EU VET 4, SDC, dvv international for BiH, dvv international for South East Europe and the Institute for adult education of Republic of Srpska. The objectives of previous meetings were to form a coordination body of donors, exchange the experiences of good practices and cooperation opportunities. At the last meeting the participants agreed that it would be an asset to create a database/overview of activities of other organisations acting in the area of adult education in BiH.

Torino process – Bosnia and Herzegovina
04 November 2011

The „Torino process“ is a participatory review of progress in vocational education and training (VET) policy launched in 2010 by ETF to build the capacity of national stakeholders in assessing VET reform. It will operate in two-year cycle in all partner countries with ETF support. How far is Bosnia and Herzegovina, what are the key policy trends, challenges and constraints but also good practice examples, you can read in the Report by Milena Corradini, Jean Raymond Masson and Arne Baumann at http://www.etf.europa.eu/web.nsf/pages/Torino_Process_-_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina

Albania builds intelligence on SME skills
04 November 2011

With the EU pre-accession region undergoing progress reviews on the European Small Business Act (SBA), Albania’s efforts to promote SME skills highlights innovative efforts in building policy intelligence on enterprise skills. The development of a computerized survey instrument targeting Albania’s small business community caught the eye of an ETF team which visited Tirana last week to undertake an assessment of the SBA human capital dimensions. „The better the intelligence on SME training needs, the more relevant the training offer,“ says Ms Evelyn Viertel the ETF’s country manager and lead expert on the Torino Process. In response to the ETF’s 2009 assessment and recommendations for development of a more systematic enterprise intelligence, the Albanian Investment Development Agency (AIDA) elaborated a computerized survey tool which allows for data from businesses to easily inserted, making for a cost-effective data development drive.


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