In order to establish a balance between education, training and labor market demands and help ease the process of employment for individuals, employers need to be included in the process of implementing the Macedonian Qualifications Framework.
With this in mind, Swisscontact and their program ‘Increasing Employability’ and PREDA Plus, in cooperation with British Council Macedonia, started the process of engaging employers from the IT sector.
The three-day event, which took place between 2-4 November 2015, engaged representatives from employers in the IT sector (SEMOS education, Endava, Ivote), the National VET Centre, higher education institutions (FCSE, UIST and FICT) from the IT sector, secondary vocational schools, the Employment Agency and the Chamber of Commerce. Representatives from the MoES delivered a presentation of the National Qualifications Framework with a focus on lessons learnt, the processes for employer engagement and the creation of occupational standards and qualifications. British expert Ms Judith McGrath shared information on the UK system including: the concept and benefits from employer engagement in the process, the models, best practices and development of IT skills in the UK.
The event resulted in designing the best model of cooperation between the higher education institutions and employers in Macedonia, following best practices from the UK and creating occupational standards and qualifications which are most required in the labour market.