Delegation of the European Union to Liberia

EU Supports Uncovering Professional Skills of the Youth Through Education

18/01/2019 - 11:31
Education and Research

There are some problems involved with youth employment in Armenia. To address this issue, it is essential to support the youth in career orientation and professional training which requires refreshing of the vocational training institutions, particularly in the regions. On the other hand, it is essential to have the non-formal education and the attention of potential employers towards young professionals. The project is aimed at establishing contacts between the interested parties and expand the capacity of the youth in the employment market.

There are some problems involved with youth employment in Armenia. To address this issue, it is essential to support the youth in career orientation and professional training which requires refreshing of the vocational training institutions, particularly in the regions. On the other hand, it is essential to have the non-formal education and the attention of potential employers towards young professionals. The project is aimed at establishing contacts between the interested parties and expand the capacity of the youth in the employment market. 

 

Facts and Figures

Implementing organisation in Armenia: Save the Children, Armenia office

CRIS number: 394581

Duration:  2 years | February 2018 – February 2020

Location: Republic of Armenia

Objectives 

  • Support youth, particularly its socially vulnerable part to find jobs and match their qualifications with the labour market requirements 
  • Improve the quality of the educational curricula, update them and match it to the requirements of the labour market
  • Encourage youth participation

 

Expected results

  • To boost horizontal ties between vocational schools, secondary schools, local administrations and local youth NGOs in Armenia’s ten towns. This is to ensure that the education provided matches the labour market requirements and that the potential employees are accessible for the youth
  • Skills necessary for starting a business will be transferred to 100 young people
  • About 300 young people, mostly from border regions and socially vulnerable backgrounds to take part in the transferrable skills training

 

Testimony

“Young people in Armenia have problem in career and professional orientation. Nowadays educational institutions provide knowledge in such professions which are not competitive in the labour market,” Lilit Chitchyan, rights advocate in the Save the Children International Armenia office says. However, The project is not confined to the youth only. “Our beneficiaries are the youth, but not only them. Our circle of beneficiaries also includes business employers, vocational education institutions, etc. We have a systemic the approach towards the problem targeting at multiple groups and institutions,” Lilit notes, adding that youth-oriented public policy so far have yielded any tangible results in terms of discovering new career opportunities. “The youth participation in the community development projects is close to zero, so they are unable to get their issues reflected in the development projects and so that the needed resources can be identified,” Lilit elaborates adding, “Many other youth-related issues are still unresolved, and we are going to take efforts to have the attitude improved.” However the situation is not that gloomy, as it might seem initially. On the contrary, it is more hope-inspiring, Lilit says pointing out that managers in many vocational schools have a clear vision of how their institutors could be helpful in meeting their community’s needs.

Save the Children International Armenia’s regional manager Arsen Simonyan also underlines the importance of non-formal education and particularly the transferrable skills.

“We live in a world where every skill you have becomes outdated in the job market in five years. We want the youth to learn how to learn to find employment or keep their present job, and we want them to admit the concept of life-long learning to be a professional in every field,” Arsen continues, remarking with a touch of humour that soon he will require some training.

Not much time - only a few months has elapsed since the kickoff of the project, but Arsen has some ground for optimism. In 2018 they have held a youth opportunity fair which hosted more youth organizations than initially intended and the event itself was very interesting marked by relevant ideas and initiatives by its participants. Those will help the youth to make choices in their professional development aims and will venture into business.

Youth problems in Armenia are numerous, however tackling them while involving them indeed inspires hope that the closed doors in front of the youth will be reduced to bare minimum and their creative potential will find ample room for realisation.

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