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The regular meeting of the Stakeholder Dialogue Platform was organized

On March 11-12, 2021 the regular meeting of the Stakeholder Dialogue Platform was organized within the framework of “Promoting Partnerships for Effective Work-Based Learning Opportunities in VET” project implementing by “Strategic Development Agency” NGO with the financial support of the European Union. The purpose of the event was to discuss the main issues in VET sector and results of the WBL piloting, as well as give the participants an opportunity to find new ways of cooperation.

Mrs. Zhanna Andreasyan, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia, Ms. Victoria Poghosyan, Deputy Minister of High-Tech Industry of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. David Avakian, the Project Manager of Cooperation Section of the European Union Delegation to Armenia and Ms. Lilit Hovhannisyan, the Project Manager, “Strategic Development Agency” NGO, delivered a welcoming speech at the event. The speakers highlighted the importance of the Work-based learning model in the VET sector of Armenia, particularly in the critical situation due to the pandemic crisis. The speakers noted the need to enhance the implementation process of this educational model in the context of the perspective development of new professions and educational modules.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the RA, the Ministry of High-Tech Industry of the RA, the European Union Delegation to Armenia, the Professional Orientation and Skills Development Center under the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the RA, the European Training Foundation, GIZ, the State Employment Agency, Goris and Stepanavan State Agricultural Colleges and employers (project partners), as well as a number of other colleges and organizations.

During the two-day event, active discussions took place between the participants on the existing obstacles related to the introduction of the WBL educational model, the mechanisms for improvement and efficiency increase.