The third Steering Committee (SC) meeting of the Education for Employment, BiH (E4E) project was held in Jahorina, at the beginning of October. After the adoption of the agenda and minutes from the second SC meeting, the members of the SC adopted the First Project Progress Report for the period September, 2020 to March, 2021.
During the meeting the project team informed the SC about the project implementation in the past six months. In the past period, 20 working groups (WGs) with about 300 members have been appointed, and they are actively working. In the next two years these WGs will conduct a number of trainings, develop materials and implement achievements in all project components. Some new initiatives have also emerged during the WGs encounters, and it was decided that in addition to the already appointed WGs, new Expert Working Groups will be established to work on specific tasks.
In addition, the SC members were informed about the results in the field of communications and visibility, the project website and Facebook page were presented, and the upcoming production of the initial E4E promo materials was announced.
The SC also adopted the Concept of Expert Groups for the Development of outcomes of Entrepreneurial and Digital Competences, the Analytical Framework for the Study on the Needs for Higher Education Qualifications in BiH and the Methodology for Mapping Study Programs in Certain Economic Sectors in BiH, while proposal of plan for implementation of pilot project of external examination for students has been conceptually adopted, with the requirement to define and harmonize points concerning the technical implementation of external exams. The SC rejected the adoption of the Draft Guide to RLP Practice, recommending that, as for other materials, existing documents, projects and activities must be taken into account.
A new Steering Committee meeting is planned to be organized in December 2021, and by then the above mentioned materials will be fully defined, while new materials will be developed in accordance with the work plan.
In order to overcome the high unemployment rate and a huge mismatch of the education and training systems with the demands of the labour market, the EU funded project “Education for Employment, BiH” aims to produce human resources in line with the labour market needs in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project will assist BiH authorities in improving capacity and structure for planning the educational process and quality of educational outcomes.