55 percent of college students find work after graduation

02 Jul 2013

imageThe study generated high media interest

Yerevan, 2 July 2013 – Around 55 percent of college graduates find employment after graduating from vocational education (VET) institutions, while the average timeframe to find a job is six months, reveals the 2010-2011 VET Graduate Tracer Study, launched today with participation of Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science, and Sophie Kemkhadze, UNDP Officer-in-Charge.

The study assesses the involvement of VET graduates in the Armenian labour market, as well as provides employers’ evaluation of VET graduates skills and capacities.

UNDP conducted the study together with the Institute for Political and Sociological Consulting. The target groups included 2010-2011 VET graduates, parents of current and prospective students, VET institutions and faculty, as well as representatives of business circles. Overall, 651 graduates from 25 vocational schools and 60 colleges, Armenia’s 400 top employers participated in the survey. The VET statistical data for the past ten years, along with major policy and legal documents was reviewed in the preparation of the study.

“The relevance and effectiveness of the VET sector reforms, is a key priority for UNDP since it helps us to track and assess the work that has been done, together with the government counterparts and the donor community. In this regard, the graduate tracer studies have proven to be an effective and efficient instrument for evaluating the VET interventions. They also provide information on gender and socio-economic background of the graduates in order to assess the poverty alleviation potential and the gender aspect of VET programmes,” said Sophie Kemkhadze in her opening remarks.

UNDP for more than seven years is actively involved in implementation of a wide range of reforms in the field of preliminary and middle-level professional (vocational) education in Armenia.

In partnership with the RA Ministry of Education and Science, the Vocational Education and Training (VET) project contributes not only to VET policy formulation at the national level, but also targets disadvantaged young people living in rural and semi-urban areas, as well as addresses poverty alleviation issues through provision of young people with modern vocational education skills and training demanded by the labour market.

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