UNDP “Support the Modernization of Vocational Education and Training System” Project (VET Project) has been initially designed to cover 4 vocational education and training institutions with only one institution located in Yerevan city and the rest - in marzes.

It was envisaged to upgrade the facilities in the selected institutions, provide new equipment and modernize the whole chain of educational process from development of Competence-Based Qualification Standards up to the development and introduction of new training materials/text books and training programs for trainees based on newly-elaborated curricula. 

To this end, the Project initiated the selection of vocational specialties to be included in the project based on current trends of labor market demand, which reflects the results of the research work and analytical papers on both labor market and Vocational Education System in Armenia. The following four groups of specialties having the highest demand in the labor market by the end of 2005 have been identified:

1. Construction specialties

2. Craftsmanship technical specialties

3. Agricultural industry and food processing

4. Tourism and service including business hospitality.  

More than 25 VETI(s) have been already visited across country with needs assessment and identification purpose including Yerevan city and cities of the following marzes: Lori (Vanadzor and Alaverdy), Tavush (Berd, Ijevan, and Dilijan), Shirak (Gumri), Armavir, Gegharkunik (Gavar, Martuni, Vardenis), Syunik (Kajaran, Kapan and Megri), and Kotayk (Hrazdan and Nor Geghi). 

After selection of target specialties, the following marzes have been analyzed in terms of the following 3 main indicators:  1. unemployment rate; 2. availability of target population; 3. poverty level. 

Boarding areas; availability of other donors; and presence of VET institutions are also considered while selection.

As a result, the following marzes matching 2 indicators among 4 highest in place have been selected as Project’s

  • Shirak
  • Syunik
  • Kotayk

Analyses of labor market demand by marzes makes it possible to match selected specialties with particular needs for vocational skills in the given marzes. As a result, Yerevan was chosen to be focused on construction specialty; Shirak and Syunik –on artisan technical specialties; and Kotayk marz – on both service and agriculture.