TIRANA, Feb 6 /ATA/- Around 164 hotel and tourism management students have joined the pilot programme “People first”, funded by USAID and Swedish embassy in our country, guaranteeing them an internship close to the big companies operating in the field of tourism.
Minister of Finance and Economy , Arben Ahmetaj, also in attendance of the youths’ certification ceremony, stressed that the govt. is promoting vocational education as the key to employment. “We need to produce professionals in line with market demand,” Ahmetaj said.
The minister outlined the PM’s initiative to draft a combined action plan, putting the govt. instruments of vocational education at disposal of enterprises for the purposes of employment.
Ahmetaj added that youths will have the opportunity to receive on the- job training at the foreign companies develop a better understanding of technological equipment management. “In return, we expect employment to grow, economy to develop rapidly and exports to expand,” he said.
Over a span of 4 years, according to Ahmetaj, the policies in place have created over 220 thousand job openings, of which 60 thousand thanks to the direct contribution of Recruitment Offices and vocational education.
Ambassador Lu: Vocational education comes with better chances for employment
US ambassador in Tirana, Donald Lu, appealed to Albanian youths to attend vocational education as a better employment opportunity.
During the activity for certification of hotels and tourism management students, part of “People First” programme, ambassador Lu said that many companies experience great difficulties in finding qualified employees.
According to ambassador, the programme is a success story, because out of 164 interns in the sector of tourism, 62 have found a job. I am sure that the rest will find a job in the days to come.
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