The National Agency of Vocational Education Training and Qualifications (NAVETQ) of Albania was established by the Decision of the Council of Ministers no. 273 as of 10th of May 2006, which was then replaced by another Decision of Council of Ministers (no.321 as of 21st of April, 2011) following the changes in the VET Law of Republic of Albania. Due to the last amendments to the VET Law (Law no. 64/2014), NAVETQ is a subordinate institution to the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, the Ministry in charge of employment and skills development policies, as well as labour relations and social policies.
The mission of NAVETQ is to create a unified national system of vocational qualifications based on the Albanian Qualification Framework (AQF) leaning on the European Qualification Framework (EQF).
Since the very beginning, NAVETQ acted and acts as a public institution providing expertise in issues of VET development and lifelong learning. NAVETQ is responsible for the development of vocational qualifications and standards (from level 2 to level 5 of the AQF), for the development of frame curricula and assessment methodologies and instruments. As the responsible body, NAVETQ supports also the development of short term courses for adults offered by public Vocational Training centres.
NAVETQ staff is specialized in VET, Vocational Qualifications, and Adult Learning and have been providing long standing experience working with projects implemented by international partners as the IIZ/DVV of Germany, Swisscontact of Switzerland, ILO and other projects as well. NAVETQ is also cooperating with private sector organizations in order to address the labour market needs in terms of vocational qualifications for the different economic sectors, as well as with experts/practitioners of the education and training field.
Furthermore, NAVETQ works on a daily basis with teaching staff and other groups responsible for VET and Adult Learning provision and exchanges with other national and international institutions in these issues.