The launch event of the “Promoting Partnerships for Effective Work-Based Learning (WBL) Opportunities in VET” project, implemented by the Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO and funded by European Union (EU) took place on October 29.
The main goal of the project is to strengthen the partnership between VET colleges and private sector by piloting WBL in Veterinarian and Milk and Dairy Technologist professions in Goris and Stepanavan State Agricultural Colleges.
Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Ms. Andrea Wiktorin, RA Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Mr. Arayik Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister of Economy Ms. Naira Margaryan, Head of VET Department at the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Mr. Artak Aghbalyan and SDA NGO Chairman Mr. Mkrtich Ayvazyan delivered remarks at the event. Representatives of the Armenian government, National Center for VET development, VET colleges, NGOs and donor organizations active in the field as well as private sector representatives and media have attended the event.
All the speakers gave an importance to developing work-based learning model in vocational education and training, mentioning that it will give an opportunity to match vocational education to the needs of the labour market and will increase employability of young people.
At the end of the event, the Project Manager, Ms. Lilit Hovhannisyan presented project’s goal, objectives and expected results as well as answered to the participants’ questions.