“How to create better qualifications in cooperation with employers”

The Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Mr. Spiro Ristovski, together with members from the National MQF Board and representatives from  the Ministry of Education, attended a conference on “How to improve qualifications in cooperation with employers,” organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Republic of Macedonia.

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During his address Mr. Ristovski emphasized that the Ministry of Education and Science has made a series of reforms and actions to improve the opportunities for the acquisition and application of educational qualifications and the increase of their visibility. To this end, in 2013 the Macedonian Qualifications Framework was adopted which is in line to the European Qualifications Framework. These frameworks represent link between the qualification systems of different countries and act as a tool for facilitating communication between them. But most important of all, Mr. Ristovski underlined, was for this national standard to gain visibility and become more used, which is why the involvement of the business community in the process is very beneficial.

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“With the growing importance of lifelong learning and increased need for flexible access to education and trainings according to the needs of the labor market, there is a need to increase the transparency of qualifications acquired formally or non-formally, both at home and abroad. Education and training play a key role in the development and promotion of a society based on knowledge, competitiveness and innovation, and we need these in order to be able to meet the challenges of globalization,” said Ristovski.

Last year the National Board for the Macedonian Qualifications Framework was established which is currently active and includes members from the  chambers of commerce. More information on activities can be retrieved from www.mrk.mk, where visitors can find the Catalogue of qualifications, which is to become the Register of qualifications.

After the conference, the members of the National MQF Board held a meeting with representatives from employers and students where they conveyed the importance of the MQF as a national standard in the country, which regulates the acquisition and use of qualifications. More specifically this targets employers, who request qualifications to fill job positions and students who acquire qualifications in order to be employed faster, for their personal development and mobility, in education and training and as well as the labor market.