Goals and Objectives

Jobs, Skills and the importance of vocational education and lifelong learning


Promoting Lifelong Learning while contributing to the strengthening and advancement of the integrated system that supports its implementation is in the focus of the EU funded project “Enhancing Lifelong Learning through Modernizing the Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education Systems”, implemented by the British Council and its consortium partners – the Adult Education Centre and DVV International, for the beneficiary, Ministry of Education and Science.  

The overall objective of the project is to establish a dynamic correlation between education and the changes that occur in the labour market, but also in the social sphere as a whole.

In the frames of the Lifelong Learning, both Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Adult Education (AE) are playing fundamental roles in raising the level of education and developing skills of young and adult, and by doing that supporting their employability and social inclusion.     

The Vocational Education and Training is the primary link between education and the demand for employment. It should be in permanent conjunction with the labour market needs and be driven by the demand of the enterprises. Country’s standards and curricula shall be duly revised by replacing the theoretical knowledge they contain with knowledge for skills and practical training. The country’s VET system shall be based on education and training courses directed to the provision of clear and relevant learning outcomes.
The Adult Education has a primary role in updating and upgrading of the knowledge of the adult population and by that supporting their capacity to remain, to be mobile and to be reintegrated into the labour market. This is particularly important also for the social cohesion of the country especially considering the current high un-employment rate.


This project aims to help, support and strengthen the capacity of the national institutions in reforming the VET and Adult Education systems. The team has a strong determination to work on reforming processes as opposed to only delivering project outputs. Since the project is focused on strengthening the cooperation between the VET and AE Centres, all activities are well coordinated with the relevant institutions.

Target groups and partners of the project are:

National Examination Centre

State Educational Inspectorate

State Statistical Office

Universities and Higher Educational Institutions

Local self-government units

Employers’ associations


Civil society organisations

This project, while implementing all activities, pays particular attention to the inclusion of vulnerable groups and marginalized persons.  Cross-cutting issues relating to gender equality, inclusion of persons with disabilities, minorities and age are taken into consideration.