Each month, we'll hear from teachers, lecturers and many others involved in vocational education in the Western Balkans. With an eagerness to learn, to develop skills and to share experiences with colleagues in the Western Balkans and the UK, this month we hear from Mexhide, a VET teacher:

Because we have the youngest population in Europe, for us it is important to have skilled and employable youth. Therefore, the VET provider – employer co-operation and relationships are imperative for us. Currently, the main challenges are that there isn’t any clear strategy for [the] employer – VET provider co-operation. So far, we have had these co-operation agreements because of the good will that some businesses have shown in helping the young students to gain some working experience while studying.

- Mexhide Çollaku, VET teacher, Ymer Prizreni (VET school), Kosovo

The biggest challenge for me is to find a way how to increase student motivation for learning and how they can advance in their profession.

- Bratislav Pejić, Professor for agency and hotel business, Trade and Hospitality School Leskovac, Serbia

The biggest challenge I face is the establishment of good cooperation between the school and the businesses. Another significant challenge is to equip the students with knowledge and practical training that will make them competitive on the labour market so that they can easily find their place in the workplace and society. 

- Goran Grozdanovski, Professor, Tourism and hospitality sector, VET school Lazar Tanev, Skopje, Macedonia

Over the coming months we hope to hear from more and more teachers around the Western Balkans, creating a better picture of the challenges faced in addressing youth unemployment, and to help nurture discussions around possible solutions in vocational education. 

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