About us

About CCS

Center for Competitive Skills (CCS) is a non-profit organization that contributes to the sustainable development of education and training of young people and adults to meet individual, social, and labor market needs. The focus of our activity is working with young people and adults to promote their development and orient them regarding the competencies required for successful integration into the labor market.

In alignment with our commitment to sustainable development, we are resolutely engaged in promoting the principles of the circular economy and facilitating the transition towards a greener future. By emphasizing the importance of these concepts, we aim to create a positive impact on the environment and society at large.


Established in 2016, our organization has steadfastly worked towards enhancing the education and training landscape for young people and adults. Our dedicated efforts are aimed at meeting the diverse needs of individuals, society, and the labor market, ultimately equipping them with the necessary competitive skills required for success.


Recognizing that the circular economy and green transition are instrumental in achieving sustainable development, we have firmly integrated these principles into our mission. As part of our ongoing initiatives, we have embarked on implementing projects and programs that actively promote the adoption of circular economy practices and foster the transition towards a more environmentally conscious and sustainable future. By championing these efforts, we strive to make a meaningful difference in society and contribute to the well-being of both current and future generations.

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop the skills of individuals, organizations, and institutions to be competitive inside and outside the country, through innovation, entrepreneurship, and internationalization based on quality standards according to different sectors.

Our Team

At our organization, we thrive on challenges. Our team consists of some of the finest experts in their respective fields, bringing together a diverse range of ages and experiences. Their energy and wealth of knowledge perfectly embody the working philosophy of the Center for Competitive Skills (CCS).


Our staff members are highly qualified in various thematic areas, ensuring comprehensive expertise across multiple domains. These areas include youth and adult training, career and entrepreneurship guidance, development of curricula tailored to meet labor market demands, project management in education, vocational training, environment, entrepreneurship, career orientation, and value chain creation.

Executive Director

Mirela Andoni

Finance and human resources manager

Anila Gjinari

Finance and project manager

Arbi Hoxha

Project Manager

Erleta Kastrati

Project Manager

Jorina Gjinari

Project Manager

Ledi Leka

Administrative support and project manager

Mariza Andoni

Project and social media assistant

Keit Zaloshnja

Design, marketing and promotion

Kristjana Petraj


General pre-university education

  • Training of teachers and leaders
  • Supporting pre-university education for project-based grants
  • Supporting young people in entrepreneurial initiatives
  • Career orientation
  • Developing students’ professional skills in general education helps them integrate into the labor market
  • Publications to help schools and teachers

Vocational education and training (VET)

  • Training of leaders and teachers/instructors of vocational education and training (VET)
  • Supporting public and private VET schools and centers to receive grants
  • Support for young people and adults in entrepreneurial initiatives
  • Labor market orientation of schools
  • Development of key life skills in vocational education
  • Publishing and studies

Development of curriculum documents

  • Expert group moderation for the design of different level qualifications
  • Training for Curriculum Implementation
  • Publications

Market studies

  • Market research and analysis in collaboration with other organizations and donors
  • Research and studies in the field of education at all levels, adult education, vocational education and training
  • Studies in the field of environment
  • Studies for the labor market, as well as for different sectors of the economy

Adult vocational training, On-the-Job training

  • Management of short-term on-the-job training programs/curricula
  • Developing qualifications in the tourism and hospitality sector
  • Business support for the development of human resources in the hospitality sector
  • Analysis of the profession for purposes of human resource qualification
  • Publications and studies

Value chain in various sectors of craft, small and medium businesses

  • Preparation of qualifications (as well as curricula) for education and training, training programs, and provision of professional training for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • Support activities through the organization of fairs, meetings, conferences, seminars
  • Establishment of cooperation relations with local or foreign organizations that support the business
  • Orientation and training for increased competitiveness

Career guidance and counseling

  • Designing the modules for career orientation and counseling
  • Career orientation training
  • Career counseling, both individual and group, is available
  • Counseling and orientation of returning migrants

Circular Economy

  • Awareness of the population
  • Promotion of policies, initiatives in Albania
  • Training of representatives of business, NGOs and education
  • Promotion of EU policies

Our work in numbers

trained vocational education teachers
trained specialists of public vocational training centers
trained pre-university general education teachers
years of accumulated expert experience
years of the organization