Modernizing VET in Agriculture in Armenia

While 37% of Armenia’s labour force is employed in agriculture, men and women do not earn sufficient income, incl. due to a lack of professional skills. This multi-stakeholder intervention, which includes a SDC contribution, further develops country-wide work-based learning education, strengthens specialized institutions and modernizes the regulatory framework, enabling professionals and graduates to acquire relevant qualification, find employment or establish their own businesses.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Formazione professionale
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Impiego & sviluppo economico
Formazione professionale
Servizi agricoli & mercato
Sviluppe rurale
01.12.2021 - 31.08.2025
CHF  7’710’000
Young Armenian farmers receive Vocationa Education and Training in Agriculture Young Armenian farmers receive Vocationa Education and Training in Agriculture © Strategic Development Agency SDA / Swiss Cooperation Office South Caucasus SCO
Contesto Overall, the project aims at (I) improving knowledge and skills to contribute to sustainable, climate friendly, inclusive growth, (II) increasing incomes and (III) enhancing (self)-employment of male and female professionals and graduates in agricultural and related fields.

Since 2016, HEKS/EPER and the local partner SDA have been working on A-VET, and GIZ launching important policy and capacity development processes at a macro level. Particularly,

• Dual VET in wine, tourism, IT, transport and logistic sectors with nine short-term dual VET courses at nine VET colleges have been piloted.

• The curricula for Veterinary and Milk & Dairy Technology professions have been revised according to the Work Based Learning (WBL) educational model, approved and piloted at two colleges.

• 2019-2023 Strategy for Preliminary (Craftsmanship) and Middle Vocational Education and its Action Plan has been developed.

• Efforts have been made towards regulatory reforms and institutional setup of qualifications, human capacity development measures, private sector engagement etc.

Although important progress have been made, the two projects were not in a position in their first phases to fully establish new structures, standards and institutions of a work-based vocational education in a sustainable manner: conceptual work needs to be expanded and deepened, reform processes completed, the know-how accumulated in the hands of international stakeholders to be transferred to state institutions.

Gruppi target

Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia (LILA),

• Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Mountainous Armenia (SIGMA),

• Activities by the Government of the Republic of Armenia and relevant ministries

• Experience sharing with other regional and local projects in South Caucasus (e.g. WEE, VET in GE)

• Collaborating with likeminded donors

Effetti a medio termine

1.1 VET-courses and curricula are offered innovatively and in-line with the needs of the rural population and the private sector.

1.2 VET colleges are strengthened, and teachers capacitated.

1.3 Private sector actors collaborate within the local knowledge system.

1.4 Women and vulnerable groups are incentivized to undergo developed A-VET courses.

2.1 Laws and governmental regulations for anchoring and sustainable development of dual VET are revised.

2.2 Cooperation structure(s)/mechanism(s) with all relevant parties established and operational, in particular in A-VET

2.3 Managerial capacities of public and private actors on professional association levels are improved, in particular in A-VET


Risultati principali attesi:  

Target groups are

• young male and female professionals and graduates interested in farming and

related professions;

• farms as small, medium and large enterprises interested in farming and related


• institutions offering A-VET courses and related regulatory authorities; being capacitated and empowered by a modernized A-VET system.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

Outcome 1: Professionals and graduates are enabled by the A-VET system

a) to apply agricultural and related knowledge, skills and attitudes which are in demand by the market,

b) to find or create sustainably decent income generation opportunities, and

c) to contribute to innovative approaches, solutions, products and services in the market.

Outcome 2: The dual VET system is effective (in particular the A-VET system), based on coherent policies, capacitated institutions, and an established cooperation between the public and the private sector.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Economia privata
Instituzione statale straniera
Organizzazione svizzera senza scopo di lucro
  • Central State of South East
  • Aiuto delle Chiese evangeliche Svizzere
  • National State Institute North
  • Settore privato straniero Nord
  • Settore privato straniero Sud/Est

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

Delegated Cooperation Agreement SDC - Austrian Development Agency (ADA) (ADA delegates to SDC)

Contributions contracts with Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) for Outcome 1 and German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) for Outcome 2

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    7’710’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    3’028’971
Fasi del progetto Fase 1 01.12.2021 - 31.08.2025   (Fase in corso)