Vocational education against proverty2010-08-12
TBILISI. August 2010 - In an effort to reduce unemployment and poverty, Georgia is boosting vocational education and re-training. Ten centres across the country have been completely renovated and equipped since 2006, and new educational and training programmes have been introduced in over 80 professions. Several thousand students whose age varies from 17 to 45, enrolled to vocational courses in 2010.
In 2006, the government of Georgia came up with the strategy to reform the system of vocational education and re-training. By then, hardly 10% of the vocational education centres in the country managed to operate, and even those were far from meeting standards in curricula, training modules, infrastructure and equipment. The system of vocational education was fully inherited from the Soviet era and failed to respond to the needs of Georgia’s growing economy.
UNDP assisted the reform from the initial stages helping the national Ministry of Education and Science in formulating a comprehensive strategy, refurbishing the training centres, and launching new training programmes. Having started with relatively small pilot projects in two regions of Georgia, by 2010, UNDP arranged professional re-training in more than 30 professions in five centres across the country.
With the focus on agriculture, food processing and construction, the educational programmes are tailored to the needs of the local labour market and provide excellent employment opportunities to at least 7 out of 10 graduates. Vocational education has become an important component of the post-crisis recovery efforts after the conflict with Russia in 2008. With the aim to improve employment prospects in the affected regions, UNDP helped to establish the vocational education and re-training centre in Shida Kartli. To date, this is the largest and the best-equipped vocational education centre in Georgia.
For more information contact:
Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP Georgia: +995 32 2251126 ext. 158, +995 599 196907 (mobile), firstname.lastname@example.org