USAID has officially launched a new project, the Workforce Development Program in Armenia. RA Deputy Minister of Education and Science Karen Trchunyan, US Ambassador to Armenia Lynn Tracey and other officials were present at the opening ceremony.
The project will be implemented by other partners of the Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF), according to the Ministry of Education and Science. The cost of the project is $ 7.5 million, the term is 5 years. It envisages equipping about 10,000 young people with the practical skills of the required professions in order to gain better job opportunities.
“Human capital is a priority for development, it is the biggest advantage of Armenia. This program addresses labor market discrepancies involving young people, women, the private sector, and educational institutions. “The aim is to improve ‘soft’ technical skills, transform the Armenian labor market, assess legal and regulatory changes that will help young people և increase employment opportunities in key areas such as high technology, agriculture, tourism and hospitality,” he said. to those present, said Ambassador Tracey.
Congratulating the partners on the launch of the new program, Deputy Minister of Education and Science Karen Trchunyan used the development and viability of the education-labor market connection, compliance with each other’s requirements. The Deputy Minister noted that higher education should not be combined with the skills acquired in a certain period of time. According to him, gaining skills should be part of higher education for a specific purpose that ensures the quality and practicality of education.
K. Trchunyan wished success to the participants who will be involved in this program. “I hope that the individuals participating in this program will use their experience in the future to come up with their own projects for other areas and directions. On behalf of the department, I assure you that we will support any project that improves the life of the society. “
During the event, EIF Director Bagrat Yengibaryan presented the goals and objectives of the program, which will enable young women to improve their skills in line with the needs of the labor market, find employment in ICT, agriculture, tourism and hospitality.
Over the next 5 years, the program will target young people aged 15-29, involving them through work-based training in various capacity building programs. The program will also support people with disabilities by responding to their special needs, encouraging their aspirations, promoting professional development and employment capacity building. According to Yengibaryan, active involvement of the private sector is also envisaged.
If you notice an error in the text, send a message to the editor stating the error, then pressing Ctrl-Enter.