Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between PIN, TVET Institutions and Employers of Shirak Region

Published: Dec 28, 2020 Reading time: 2 minutes
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between PIN, TVET Institutions and Employers of  Shirak Region
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On December 26th, five MoUs were signed in Gyumri between People in Need (PIN), Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, and business companies to train competitive specialists in accordance with the requirements of the textile and agribusiness labor market in Shirak region of Armenia.

Cooperation between the parties, the development of professional skills in the pedagogical staff of TVET institutions, the replenishment of material and technical resources, and other related activities have been implemented by PIN since 2019 within the framework of the EU financed "Transition from Education to Employment" project.

Artak Aghbalyan, Head of the Primary and Secondary Vocational Education Department of the RA Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport; Gevorg Ghumashyan, Head of the Education Department of the Shirak Regional Administration (Marzpetaran); and Amalya Adamyan, Head of the Gyumri Territorial Employment Center were present at the MoU signing ceremony.

"The Transition from Education to Employment project is aimed at creating new development opportunities for employers and TVET institutions in the Shirak region by training competitive professionals with work-based learning methods, which in turn will foster entrepreneurship in the region," said Varduhi Dadunts, Country Director of PIN Representative Office in Armenia.

MoUs were signed between

  • PIN, Amasia Craftsman State School (ACSS) and Bandivan Kat;
  • PIN, ACSS and Amasia Cheese Factory;
  • PIN, ACSS and Kumayri Carpet;
  • PIN, Shirak State Agrarian College (SSAC) and Ashotsk Cheese Factory;
  • PIN, SSAC and Green Brothers. 

Based on the report “Labor Market (Sectoral Skills) Assessment in the Shirak Region of the Republic of Armenia," developed as part of the same project, as well as the results of meetings with private agribusiness and textile companies and educational institutions, employers jointly agreed to implement work-based learning methods and curricula that will be jointly tested in 4 TVET institutions: Amasia Craftsman State School, Maralik State Crafts College, Artik State College and Shirak State Agrarian College.

In 2021, MoUs will be signed with the other participants of the "Transition from Education to Employment" program: Maralik State Crafts School, Artik State College, and a number of other employers.

The "Transition from Education to Employment" project is implemented by People in Need Armenia with the financial support of European Union. Project partners are Amasia Craftsman State School, GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation) and the State Employment Agency.

Autor: Shushanik Nersesyan, Media & Communication Manager