Within the framework of the Twinning Project Further Improvement of the System for Development and Implementation of the National Qualifications Framework MK13 IPA SO 02 15 in the period from 29 May to 2nd of June, a delegation from the Ministry of Education and Science and the centre for Adult Education went to a study visits in Warsaw, Poland. The delegation had working meetings with representatives from institutions involved in the qualifications system in Poland, economic chambers as a direct link between employers and sectoral qualification councils, which conduct analysis of the qualification standards.
During the study visit in Poland, at the working meetings, the representatives shared experience on the process of establishing and developing national qualifications frameworks. The Macedonian delegation visited IBE (Educational research Institute), the Bureau for Development of Education, the Central research Committee, the National Agency for European Educational Programmes and mobility, the Polish – German Chamber of Commerce and the Agency for Development and Entrepreneurship, the Employment Agency and the Centre for Practical Training in Krakow where they were introduced with the different types of qualification and the process of designing new qualifications, the activities for promotion and recognising the importance of the qualifications, providing quality in the process of developing qualifications and awarding qualifications, developing inter-institutional cooperation, the processes of awarding credits in vocational and higher education, managing the registry of qualifications, as well as the ways for collecting relevant and timely information from the labour market to develop new qualifications.
Within the frameworks of the study visit, the delegation had a meeting with the Polish Minister of Education Ms. Anna Zalewska where experiences were shared on the process of developing and establishing national qualifications networks as a tool for promotion of life-long learning, communication with the stakeholders and establishing balance between the services offered buy the education sector and the needs of the labour market.