A great opportunity
The hospitality sector may offer good prospects, but many Albanians still go abroad to find work – often without success. The German Information Centre on Migration, Vocational Training and Career (DIMAK) in Albania offers various professional development courses for better job opportunities every year. Around 160 participants were able to join a “On the job training and internship” programme “Working in hotel” in 2022. This eight-week professional development training and internship taught interested attendees about the different functions involved in running a hotel. A further 80 people took part in this course at the start of 2023.
“DIMAK chose four hotels in the four Albanian cities of Shkodra, Tirana, Durrës and Vlora to ensure that as many people as possible could join the training. The participants gained experience of working in the reception, bar, restaurant, customer service and kitchen”, explains Zana Dobruna. She’s an employment support advisor at DIMAK Albania. “Many of them have returned from abroad and want a new start in Albania”, Dobruna goes on. They include 53-year-old Artan, who successfully took part in the work experience in summer 2022. He later went on to get a job in a hotel kitchen: “This training course was the best thing that could have happened to me at my age”, says Artan.