Interview with Sabrina Allmeta, who is trained to be a chef
Vocational training in Albania
Around 40 per cent of young people in Albania are unemployed. Training in schools is rarely geared towards the needs of the labour market, with many unable to find a job in their field once they leave school. At the same time, businesses in Albania urgently need skilled workers. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is working with seven vocational training centres in Albania to better reconcile the needs of both sides.
A training centre in Kamza, a suburb of Tirana, serves as a model. At present, the centre provides 1,600 young Albanians between the ages of 15 and 19 with training in five prominent sectors of the labour market: from agriculture and vehicle mechanics through to nursing and IT. Catering training is also on offer: Sabrina Allmeta is trained to be a chef in Kamza and dreams of one day opening her own restaurant.
Miss Allmeta, why did you decide to join the vocational training at Kamza training center in the first place?
I have decided to join the vocational training at Kamza training center, because the school offers the course profile in Hotellerie and Tourism, a subject I am passionate about. In addition to that, chances of finding employment opportunities afterwards are high. Generally, for people my age it’s difficult to find a good job in Albania, because the qualifications are often not sufficient. We have a lot of young people, but mainly low quality in vocational schools. Attending a vocational training school with a good reputation like Kamza was ideal because it allowed me to gain practical experience as a cook from the scratch.
Can you describe how your life has changed since you joined the training?
During the first year of my training I focused from the beginning on practical subjects and started working part-time in an Italian restaurant. Since then I have been enjoying cooking and learning greatly. To be able to cook for others means great joy to me, it is my passion.
What is your favorite dish to prepare?
That would be spaghetti with shrimps – I love Italian cuisine.
What are your wishes for your future? Do you want to go to Germany, for example?
My brother and sister have both moved abroad before. I thought about going to Germany or Italy in the future, but for now I want to gain experience as a cook and work on my skillset in Albania. After graduation, I want to become a master chef. My dream is to work as a famous chef in an Albanian restaurant or to even have my own restaurant one day.