Three-day training course on the topic of “Soft Skills”

On November 08–10, 2021, three-day training on “Soft Skills” was conducted for the employees of the Human Resource Development and Career Orientation division of the Unified Social Service of the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and for their regional centers within the framework of the “Skills, Knowledge and Intermediation Development” pilot project. The participants got an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in communication, presentation and negotiation.

Through various role-plays, exercises, performances and discussions, the participants gained relevant knowledge and got acquainted with the tools that could be used in the future to provide services more effectively, as well as to organize productive trainings for women and youth.

The pilot intervention is implemented by Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO in the framework of #RECONOMY – a regional inclusive and green economic development program of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.

The official opening of Balahovit’s training center for diary masters

In the framework of the “Skills, Knowledge and Intermediation Development” pilot project, the official opening ceremony of the “Balahovit” Teaching-Experimental Farm Training Center for Dairy Masters of Armenian National Agrarian University took place on November 9, 2021, in Kotayk Marz, village Balahovit.

SDA together with Armenian National Agrarian University renovated and furnished the building. It is equipped with up to date milk and dairy production laboratory and technologies and the Centre is ready to provide youth with an opportunity not only to master the gained theoretical knowledge during the practical part of the course, but while staying at the Centre during the whole period of the training course, they will participate in the whole production processes of cheesemaking starting from milk collection to cheese tasting produced by themselves.

The “Skills, Knowledge and Intermediation Development” pilot project is implemented by Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO in the framework of #RECONOMY – a regional inclusive and green economic development program of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.

“Hiking Tourism” 4-day training held in Tavush Marz, Gosh village

On November 1-4, four-day “Hiking Tourism” training developed and organized by the Armenian Hikers Association in frames of the “Skills, Knowledge and Intermediation Development” pilot project, was held in Vayots Dzor region.

The “Skills, Knowledge and Intermediation Development” pilot project is implemented by Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO in the framework of #RECONOMY – a regional inclusive and green economic development program of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.

The “Hiking Tourism” training module combines theoretical and practical methods ensuring the effective assimilation of delivered material. The training aims to equip the participants with practical knowledge contributing to the self-sufficiency of tourism industry employees and (self)employability improvement in the village with high tourism potential.

The special guests of the training with years of experience in the field were Edgar Navasardyan, Director of “AS Tour Club”, and Gevorg Avetisyan, Director of “VANATUN” hotel who shared their experience, practical advice with the participants and answered all the questions.

As a result of the four-day training, the participants got acquainted with the main trends in hiking tourism, popular applications, and all safety measures. On the last day of the training, a hiking trip to Lake Gosh was organized. The participants practically used the acquired knowledge through the trip, getting an in-depth understanding of the rules of leading a hike and ensuring the safety of the group. 

Veterinarians’ and AI technicians’ business skills development during the COVID-19

On 02-03.11.2021, a training course on “Veterinarians’ business skills development during the COVID-19″(Crisis Management) was held in Jermuk within the framework of the “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” project implemented by the Strategic Development Agency (SDA) and funded by the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC) with an aim to develop the business skills and mindset of veterinarians’ and AI technicians in the target communities, as well as to show them the right way to orient themselves in crisis situations, such as COVID-19. Veterinarians and insemination technicians from Syunik և Vayots Dzor marzes participated in the training. “From specialist to businessman”, “Crisis-change management”, “phygital solutions” and other sections were included in the topic sections of the meeting.

On 03-05.11.2021, Jermuk training was followed by the year-end meeting-discussion of Syunik and Vayots Dzor marzes’s veterinarians and AI technicians in Syunik AnimalMarket, which was attended by 44 specialists, including 7 representatives of 4 supply companies. The general purpose of the meeting was to discuss the problems encountered by service providers during the pandemic and the ways to solve them. On the first day, the results of the program interventions by regions were introduced to participants then the participants were individually presented with the problems that arose during the crisis, their own options for overcoming them, and the success stories. At the end of the day, with the consent of the participants, an electronic platform was set up, which is intended exclusively for veterinarians, insemination technicians, to discuss narrow specialized issues, provide news, exchange information, make new contacts, and carry out similar activities. On the second day of the meeting, the supply companies presented the news on the Armenian veterinary market, the methods to apply them, and discussed new ways of cooperation with veterinarians. The meeting concluded with a course on “Pathological changes in various diseases”, thanks to which the participating veterinarians gained new knowledge to diagnose diseases in the post-mortem stage.

The official opening of the educational laboratory of “Bread, pastry and chocolate production”

The official opening ceremony of the educational laboratory of “Bread, pastry and chocolate production” took place on November 2, 2021 at Armenian National Agrarian University with the participation of their relevant teaching staff (administrative staff, lecturers, representatives of scientific centers) and private sector representatives active in the very field. The newly opened laboratory equipped with modern technologies will give an opportunity for non-formal training in “Bakery and Chocolate Production”. The project aims to train young people and women equipped with the knowledge and skills matching the current needs of the labor market (LM) so that they could find their own place in the LM and/or establish their own small factory.

The above mentioned has become a reality with the support of the “Skills, knowledge and intermediation development” pilot project implemented by the Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO  within the framework of RECONOMY – a regional inclusive and green economic development program of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Interco operation.