Yerevan, 05 November 2013 – Capitalizing on the successful partnership and joint achievements in increasing youth employability, today Bradley Busetto, UNDP Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, and Harout Nercessian, Armenia Representative of Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), signed an agreement to further continue the Youth Career Trail (YCT) project. Former beneficiaries of the YCT were also present at the signing ceremony, who shared with participants their experiences and ideas on further expansion of the initiative.
On October 30, 2013 the round table discussion was held for the first draft of the developed Model. UNDP national experts have presented the draft Model to a wide audience of invited specialists. A number of comments, concerns and recommendations has been actively exchanged among concerned parties on validation and certification issues, risk assumptions and identification of alternative sources of funding for training of in-service VET teachers. It was decided to come up with the roadmap for implementation of in-service VET teachers training articulating a clear spilt of roles assigned to various institutions and agencies.
Today, October 15, 2013 the awareness campaign reached its culmination point. On the central square of Gyumritown all participants of the training programmewere gathered to one more time attract public attention to the environmental issues bypassing central streets of the town, http://www.vet.am/en/Gallery/122.
UNDP VET Project within its activities for 2013 has planned series of study tours for VET students representing different regional colleges to visit contemporary industrial facilities located in Yerevanwith the emphases on agriculture and food processing, http://www.vet.am/en/Gallery/121.
Armavir Regional State College has among its agricultural and food processing focuses wine making specialty.Being one of the direct beneficiaries of the UNDP VET Project for the last four years, the College has been granted by the same Project with wine testing laboratory equipment to make wine making specialty more practical and skills-oriented by enriching theoretical classes with practical exercises right at the premises of the College.
In the framework of the UNDP “Support to the Modernization of Vocational Education and Training System” Project, Gyumri State Vocational School #4 being specialized among other professions in welding and radio-techniques received an opportunity to enrich the teaching process with new welding laboratory equipment for conducting practical classes, thus making the learning process much more practical, attractive and skills oriented, http://www.vet.am/en/Gallery/118.
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.
On June 26th, 2013 Global Developments Fund on behalf of European Training Foundation (ETF) organized a one-day Career Fair. UNDP VET Project was participated at the event with its practical contribution aimed at facilities upgrade of the selected VET schools.
Today, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia launched a report - “Youth Employment in Armenia” – developed within the framework of the “The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Acceleration Framework: Youth Employment in Armenia” initiative, which is led by UNDP and UNIDO. This initiative is part of a wider UN effort to support countries in overcoming challenges and achieving off-track MDG targets by 2015. Through the MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) methodology, Armenia has developed an Action Plan based on prioritized interventions, bottlenecks and solutions for MDG 1 target on productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people.
Today Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, visited UNDP project sites in Tavush region.
The first stop was Dilijan State College, which used to be one of the leading vocational education schools in the former Soviet Union, mainly specializing in the field of tourism. Currently, the college students are specializing in fashion design and tailoring, cooking, IT, pedagogy, logistics, economics, linguistics, etc. http://www.vet.am/en/Gallery/114
Today long-term unemployed women are considered among the most vulnerable layers of population in terms of employability and thus face tremendous difficulties in getting decent and well paid jobs. The lion share - more than 75% of unemployed people registered by the State Employment Services Agency are women.
One of VET colleges of Tavush marz located in picturesque paradise city of Dilijan opened its doors for more professionals to meet requirements of local labor market.
UNDP VET Project had participated in the Global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Conference which was hold in Bogota with over 100 participants from about 40 countries.
The Global MDGs Conference brought together MDG experts, practitioners and lead thinkers from government, academia, CSOs, UNDP and other UN/development agencies, who actively exchanged their views, knowledge and evidence that has been built up on areas of relevance to the MDGs over the years. It has provided further impetus to acceleration efforts, helped identify key implementation breakthroughs and begin the process of preparing for the 2013 Special Event on the MDGs at the UN General Assembly http://www.vet.am/en/Gallery/112.
Improving education and training system quality is a key target in Armenian’s strategy to become a sustainable and inclusive economy. Armenia has to develop, introduce and implement quality assurance mechanisms closely linked to social and economic context, helping schools and vocational training institutions become learning organizations in which quality improvement is continuous. Despite the different approaches to quality frameworks, standards, indicators, criteria and procedures, the common goal is improving student outcomes, in terms of academic achievements as well as a social and personal employability.
UNDP VET Project has initiated a comprehensive “2010-2011 Vocational Education and Training (VET) Graduates Tracer Study” in 2012. The objectives of the country-wide Study is to gain information on the relevance and effectiveness of VET reforms, which aim to prepare VET trainees for employment and self-employment, in order to improve their livelihood and alleviate poverty.
UNDP VET Project continues its support in upgrading of the key VET state bodies namely RA Ministry of Education and Science and National Centre for Vocational Education and Training Development (NCVETD) of the National Institute of Education.
Karine Simonyan, UNDP VET Project Coordinator in her welcoming speech assured that manuals published within the framework of the Project on Wine-making and juice production; Technology of baking, pasta and confectionery; Organization of Services; Catering; and Sewing Production Technology, as well as modern workshops for design and tailoring established last year at the premises of 8 VET colleges across the country are open for the competition participants and expressed the hope that during the upcoming 6 month they will have enough time to master themselves in the above-mentioned trades to one more time make Armenia visible at international competitions.
The UN in Armenia, together with its strategic partners - government officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps, international organizations.
The UN in Armenia, together with its strategic partners - government officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps, international organizations, private sector, civil society, educational institutions and media, celebrates the 67th anniversary of the UN today.
On 24 October 1945, sixty-seven years ago, the founding Charter of the UN entered into force. The UN Office in Armenia was opened in December 1992, after Armenia became a member of the United Nations in March 1992.
Today, the UNDP VET project showcased the results of the last two-year work, jointly implemented with the RA Ministry of Education and Science, aimed at the development and publication of 12 VET manuals, accompanied with the corresponding teacher guides, on agriculture, construction, tourism and services, food processing, wine-making, light industry, to name a few. 12 Armenian language manuals are suited for practical and professional teaching in the modular curriculum of professions relevant for the growing sectors of domestic economy.
For the last 6-7 years there have been calls for Armenian vocational education and training (VET) system to be more efficient, responsive, labor market driven, and simplified. In light of this more than 70 VET academicians and VET policymakers met in Aghveran on June 25-28 to debate on the latest trends in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to be fully introduced in Armenian VET institutions in 2013. The event was organized by the UNDP VET Project as a part of its administrator instructional and educational packages focusing this time on specific competencies that education and vocational training specialists and decision-makers need to be successful in the area of quality assurance in VET.
During the last six years, the UNDP “Vocational Education and Training” project, thanks to bilateral donor assistance from Denmark and Norway, has secured funding for refurbishment of 21 VET colleges in Armenia. In order to make the learning process more attractive and practice-based, and align professional trainings to employers’ requirements, UNDP procured state-of-art educational laboratory equipment (31 technical VET labs addressing more than 11 different professional occupations and 12 packages of modern IT equipment) for VET colleges in Armenia, thus substantively contributing to the upgrade of about 24 percent of the country’s state VET schools.
The immediate objective of the UNDP VET Project is increased employability of youth graduating from Vocational Education and Training (VET) colleges with a specialization relevant for economic growth sectors in rural areas and regional cities of Armenia.
With these words UNDP VET Project entered the world of VET system a little more than 6 years ago. After much planning and extensive discussions with concerned national and international stakeholders the UNDP VET Project started broad-scope procurement aimed at the acquisition of state-of-art educational laboratory equipment (31 technical VET labs addressing more than 11 different professional occupations and 12 packages of modern IT equipment) for 21 VET colleges located across the country, thus substantively contributing to the upgraded of about 24% of the country’s VET state schools.
The USAID funded Enterprise Development & Market Competitiveness (EDMC) Project, in partnership with UNDP Armenia, organized a roundtable discussion on private sector contribution to the qualified workforce development in Armenia, with main focus on youth potential. The main objective of the roundtable was to discuss the statistical evidence and policy options that could bring long lasting positive effects on youth employment in Armenia.
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