The two-year EU-funded Twinning project Enhancing the quality and effectiveness of the Vocational Education and Training system in the Republic of Moldova started on 1 March 2019. As with many other projects, Covid-19 posed major challenges and the project was suspended for three months (May-July 2020). The project was able to restart operations again in August and during September-October in each of the four areas – four-weeks training sessions were successfully accomplished:

In the first training related to the result: Institutional and operational capacities and staff competences of the National Agency for Quality Assurance in Education and Research(ANACEC are strengthened, the key focus was the development of quality audits/accreditations and the self-evaluation for becoming a full member of the European Association of Quality Assurance ENQA.
Some recommendations were:

  • Negotiating with the government the changes of the status of ANACEC and the revision of the legal framework;
  • Organising self-assessment as a project with the clearly defined schedule and include all relevant internal and external stakeholders in the process.

The second training on National Qualifications Framework of the Republic of Moldova is further implemented, the objectives were to train the NQF working group members and raise awareness of stakeholders.
Some recommendations were:

  • The NQF department should conduct the programme and the action plan and put all the parts together in one document and make sure that it meets all the requirements stipulated in the Governmental decree on strategic planning;
  • The working group members prepare information on how many Occupational Standards by sector of economy and by level of NQF have been developed; prepare similar information about Qualification Standards; prepare information about currently started activities and foreseen to start this year in the field of the NQF implementation.

The third training on Capacities for effective cooperation between VET providers and private sector are built the main target was enhancement of capacities at VET provision level for cooperation with private sector.
Some recommendations were:

  • Identifying and knowing the needs for lifelong learning in Moldova with the specific needs of working life, citizens and society with building a reliable statistics and research-based data of VET-education, LLL and employment – megatrends for the future;
  • Co-working and negotiation to design the model for LLL in Moldova establishing the Parliamentary working group chaired by the representative of the ministry.

The forth training on Pedagogical training to VET teachers of Centres of Excellence is delivered in order to become multipliers and in particular, the objective was to enhance their competences in digital assessment as well as gather information on the needs for the continuation of activity.
Some recommendations were:

  • The timing of “Concept for enhancing ICT use in VET in the Republic of Moldova as continuous professional development (CPD)” The need for digital and distance learning should be paid particular attention during the rest of the project;
  • The attendees seem to have the knowledge and competences for successful online teaching and training we must start building the Missions towards the aspect of sharing: both with their colleagues in their own CoE’s, as well as with other VET institutions.