Vocational Education and Training

What we do


UNDP enables VET students to get contemporary technical training as a gateway to decent employment

During Soviet times, most of the vocational education and training (VET) institutions and preliminary craftsmanship schools had well functioning workshops and laboratories.

However, after the transition to a market-based economy, most workshops became dysfunctional, equipment obsolete and teaching in colleges mainly theoretical. During the first years after independence, practical education in Armenia was modeled on outdated learning conditions and pedagogy and had out of date industrial facilities.

In recent years UNDP has supported ongoing reforms related to vocational education in Armenia by:

  • Providing  high-level policy advise to improve legal environment in employment, continuous education, as well as vocational education and training sectors;
  • Supplying selected VET colleges with new laboratories and setting industrial workshops at the premises of the VET colleges;
  • Providing large-scale vocational training and job placement for the registered young unemployed, with special focus on rural
  • unemployed, long-term unemployed women and just graduates from  the VET colleges to match supply and demand of the labor force in the sub-regional labor markets.

Some results so far

More than 1,000 unemployed women and youth from urban and rural areas in Armenia obtained the skills and knowledge in agriculture, services, food and beverage processing, information and technologies, welding, and construction demanded by the Armenian labor market. About 60% percent of them found permanent jobs afterwards.

21 colleges have been refurbished and supplied with state-of-art educational laboratory equipment (31 technical labs addressing more than 11 different professional occupations and 12 software packages for modern IT equipment), resulting in the upgrade of about 24 percent of the country’s colleges. (Funding from the Governments of Denmark and Norway)

Three e-Learning Armenian language courses have been introduced through digital learning tools for auto-mechanics, food processing workers, and constructors, in addition to the development and publication of 12 manuals on agriculture, construction, tourism and services, food processing, wine-making, light industry, etc.

Who Finances it?



2010

Donor name

Amount contributed per year

Government of Denmark

$ 1,135,332.00

 UNDP

$ 90,000.00 

 

 

2011

 Government of Denmark

$ 709,945.00 

 UNDP

$ 61,000.00 

Government of Armenia

$ 3,090.00

 

2012

Government of Denmark

$ 442,870.00

 

2013

Government of Denmark

$ 120,002.00

Government of Armenia

$ 56,092.00

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Dec 2013

$ 28,665.93

Dec 2012

$ 442,424.39

Dec 2011

$ 758,658.60

Dec 2010

$ 1,194,609.48

Overview
Status:
Active
Project start date:
01 May 2006
Estimated end date:
31 December 2013
Geographic coverage:
Armenia
Focus Area:
Poverty Reduction
MDG
MDG 1 - Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Project Coordinator:
Karine Simonyan
Partners:
Government of Norway, Government of Denmark, RA Ministries of Education and Science, Territorial Administration, Labor and Social Affairs
Project Related Documents
Annual Workplan