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Montenegrin delegation took part in the Second Forum of political leaders for Western Balkans and Turkey in Salzburg

Published date: 10.10.2013 14:46 | Author: PR Departments of Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and Ministry of Education

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Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Mr Predrag Boskovic and Minister of Education Mr Slavoljub Stijepovic took part in the Second Forum of political leaders for Western Balkans and Turkey in Salzburg on the 9th and 10th of October.

Forum was organized with the aim to support countries of Western Balkans and Turkey in Salzburg in adopting more efficient policies for HR development and in achieving vision of skills for 2020.

This Forum was a chance for political leaders to exchange views about countries’ efforts in development of skills that will encourage an increase of competition, employment and social inclusion by 2020.

During the presentations, Minister Boskovic said that Montenegro is the first country to developed two documents: The vision for skills 2020, and The Road Map, a document of high importance for the development of human resources. These two documents were not aimed to complete quantity and quality lists of skills, but to elaborate the vision and strategic ideas for the development of skills in the future.

“Montenegro 2020 has a competitive economy. It is learning society made of innovators who are ready to face regional and home challenges. Its citizens have a high level potential for employment. They have the knowledge, skills and capacities for personal and professional development and social inclusion as well. Definition of skills is comprehensive, especially in the context of skills. It defines the competitive economy, wherein knowledge, skills and human capacities are an important assumption.

This should be achieved by developing the continuity of learning and innovation, research and development. Learning society offers to individuals higher chances for employment, their personal and professional development and advancement, as well as higher social inclusion.

Developing system to predict skills represents the basic priority defined in “The vision of skills” in 2020, contributing to improving harmonization of offer and demand for skills in the labour market.

In order to achieve better harmonization of offer and demand in the labor market, it is necessary to work on the measures, concerning the improvement of the enrollment policy, career orientation, further development in expressing the needs for the labour market, research of demand for skills.

These are the questions that we must solve in order to improve conditions in the labour market and reduce employability. Government of Montenegro has decided to act in this direction in order to increase employability of its citizens”, stated Minister Boskovic during his presentation at the Forum.


Minister Stijepovic stated that the role of education as the key for achieving the vision of Montenegro as learning society, society of developed economies, with opportunities for personal and professional development and social involment, the society of innovators and entrepreneurs.

In order for education to answer the needs of labour market and society as a whole, correctly and dully, the key step is envisaging the needs for skills and qualifications. Project FRAME should help.

In accordance with the set needs for skills, education system should enable individuals, through initial and continuous education and the appropriate education offer, acquisition of necessary skills, including the acquisition of key competences for lifelong learning, and adapting to changeable demands of labour market.

It is necessary to ensure access of information, career orientation and consultation, at all levels.

The challenge of ensuring quality implies making decisions and policies, based on reliable and comparable data and on the analysis of present situation.

Improving cooperation and partnerships between schools, local community and employers in planning needs, implementing and evaluating education, increasing quality and quantity of learning and work and strengthening partnerships between private and public sector will ensure better connection between education and employment.

“Through cooperation of all partners in Montenegro, with the support of EU and by using the example of good practice and lessons learnt, we can create an excellent, flexible, efficient education which will enable personal and professional development and social involvement”, stated Minister Stijepovic during his presentation at the Forum.

At this meeting, as an example of good practice, a professional training program in Montenegro was presented, and also under its framework the call for application for the second generation of university students who will for the most part obtain practice in the private sector. This is one of the models that represent good practice from the private sector and country, intended to enable vocational training of persons with special needs who acquired a higher education diploma, as well as to acquire the knowledge and skills which would meet the needs of employers.

 PR Departments of Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and Ministry of Education