Deepening linkages between formal/non-formal VET system and the labour market needs in the context of lifelong learning in Georgia


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The project addresses the mismatch between vocational education and labour market needs in Georgia. Its main objective is to improve responsiveness of the formal and non-formal Vocational Educational and Training (VET) to the local labour market as well as to promote a lifelong learning process.

The project was implemented in 2015 - 2017, with the financial support from the European Union (EU) and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, professional colleges and VET centres across the country. 

What we do

The project focused on the two main areas related to Vocational Education and Training in Georgia - the ongoing systemic reform and practical benefits of non-formal life-long learning as a tool for creating additional learning opportunities for adults.

We closely worked with decision-makers to help develop new concepts and policies in the area of non-formal Vocational Education and Training and implement pilot projects in the selected regions of Georgia, including Samegrelo, Svaneti and Shida Kartli.  


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  • The assessment tools, teachers’ guidelines and practical training materials for modular teaching programmes have been developed in four industrial vocations. In Mestia and Jvari Vocational Colleges and Agara Secondary School, teachers were trained in delivering vocational education programmes in three vocations and retraining courses in six vocations.
  • The mobile VET centre has been established and made operational in the mountainous municipality of Mestia.
  • Distance learning and e-learning schemes have been implemented in the selected vocational colleges and secondary schools (Tetnuldi and Lakada colleges, Agara Secondary School).
  • Vocational programmes have been introduced to Agara Secondary School which has also received support in setting up modular teachings programmes.
  • The Government of Georgia has been assisted in developing a concept of non-formal Life-Log Learning.
  • Employment support schemes have been developed and piloted in the Shida Kartli region of Georgia, with the focus on municipalities affected by conflicts (Nikozi), and in the Samegrelo-Zemo-Svaneti region (Mestia and Tsalenjiha).  

Results in Numbers

  • 210 adults (45 women) took part in 15 training and retraining vocational courses in Agara Secondary School, Vocational College Lakada (Jvari) and Tetnuldi (Mestia).  Up to 90% of trainees acquired graduation certificates.
  • 252 job-seekers registered for the employment support scheme. 204 (81%) also enrolled on vocational training and retraining courses.
  • 85% (172) of the VET courses trainees acquired graduation certificates.
  • 95% (164) of the certified trainees were validated by the joint commission of labour market institution (employment agencies, employers, etc) and service providers.
  • Up to 53% (91) of certified trainees were employed immediately after graduation.  

Who finances it

Total Budget US$ 607,163.93
European Union US$ 547,054.64
UNDP US$   60,109.29

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