4 January 2010
International award-winning consultancy, WYG, is aiming to bring better quality education to people living in Croatia by supporting the management and development of education qualification frameworks.
The €1.4m project, led by WYG International, is designed to ensure the continuous development of the education system which will improve the employability of Croatian citizens by increasing their nationally recognised qualifications.
The 18-month, European Union funded project forms part of the EU’s investment into pre-accession measures in Croatia, designed to pave the way for the country’s entry into the EU. While Croatia has achieved relative economic stability, its average unemployment levels are above those in the EU and display significant regional differences.
Sally Kelly, WYG International’s director for the region, said: “While there is general recognition of the role education plays in tackling issues related to unemployment, no analysis is available of how to harmonise the education system and labour market needs in Croatia.”
The project will provide a much needed and comprehensive evaluation of relevant legislative framework and seek to develop both new qualifications and the institutional capacity required to deliver them.
Sally added: “This project now takes us to eight projects we are managing in the Western Balkans with a further six in negotiation. This level of activity is a result of our long-term strategy in the region and is further justification for our decision to establish a country office in Croatia in the near future.”