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.
Today, Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia and Arthur Grigoryan, RA Minister of Labor and Social Affairs signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) on organization and conduct of large-scale vocational retraining with further job placement for registered long-term unemployed women and youth, who recently graduated from VET institutions, with the special focus on remote communities.
Millennium Declaration was signed by 189 states, including Armenia, at the UN Millennium Summit held in New York in 2000. Eight goals (MDGs) were set, illustrated in eighteen targets that should be achieved by 2015 (later, in 2005, supplemented by another four MDGs). According to one of those recent targets, it is planned to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people.
To address underequipped problem of the regional remote VET schools, UNDP VET Project adds to the list of its direct beneficiaries Spitak State College by granting the College with modern auto-driving simulators. Spitak State College located in Lori marz, obtained a unique chance to conduct practical classes gaining productive and engaging learning experience for both students and teachers. Practice is an important component of any study circle.
Today, an induction workshop kicked off in the UN House in Yerevan in the field of rural development and youth employment with participation of different national stakeholders. This one-day event took place within the framework of the "Coordinated Support to Accelerate Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)" initiative aimed at analyzing the issues of youth unemployment in rural areas and identification of the most urgent issues.
Today, professional "Education and Career EXPO 2011" was launched in Yerevan enabling educational institutions, international and local companies engaged in educational sector to widely display to public already done job and future plans...
Agro-processing industry is considered as one of the highly efficient and export oriented branches of Armenian economy with the total share of about 30 % in the country's industrial production. Processing of agricultural products is mostly carried out by big economic entities and rural population mainly acts as suppliers.
Today Armenia is stressing the development of Agriculture as one of the sectors to boost the country’s economy. From this perspective sector needs skilful and knowledgeable specialists.
UNDP VET Project did not left apart from the strategic goals to address issues in Agricultural sector.
Modernization of the vocational education and training (VET) sector requires radical reforms, including modern teaching and assessment methods, introduction of modular, credit-based curricula and measures taken to build institutional and human capacity at both local (college) and central levels.
Poverty reduction and access to basic social and economic services for the most vulnerable layers of the society are the priority areas of the UNDP activities in the country.
One of the UNDP Projects operating in the field of socio-economic governance is Vocational Education and Training (VET) System Project, which contributes to the ongoing reforms in the VET sector addressing problems of ground reforms as well as tackling challenges of VET and employment policies formulation and implementation.
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