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.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Formation professionelle
Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire
Emploi & développement économique
Formation professionnelle
Services agricoles & marché
Développement rural
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
Contexte 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.

Groupes cibles

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

Effets à moyen terme

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


Principaux résultats attendus:  

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.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

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.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Secteur privé
Institution étatique étrangère
Organisation suisse à but non lucratif
  • Central State of South East
  • Entraide Protestante suisse
  • National State Institute North
  • Secteur privé étranger Nord
  • Sectreur privé étranger Sud/Est

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

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 Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    7’710’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    3’028’971
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.12.2021 - 31.08.2025   (Phase en cours)