Establishment of Centers for Competence and Employability Development (COMPLETE)

Project Overview

Project Title Establishment of Centers for Competence and Employability Development (COMPLETE)
Project Number 561603-EPP-1-2015-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Country Kazakhstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End October 15, 2015–October 14, 2018
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 594.382
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Institute for Vocational Training, Labour Market and Social Policy GmbH (Germany)
• Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (Greece)
• University of Maribor (Slovenia)
• Don State Technical University (Russian Federation)
• Industrial University of Tyumen (Russian Federation)
• Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (Russian Federation)
• Perm State University (Russian Federation)
• Voronezh State University (Russian Federation)
• Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz (Kazakhstan)
• Narxoz University (Kazakhstan)
• Shakarim State University of Semey (Kazakhstan)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Project Coordinator:

Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM), Germany


Project Manager:

Marianna Gevorski

Phone: +49 521 9 66 55 176

Beneficiary Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM), Germany

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

In Kazakhstan and Russia the term “employability” is not listed in official documentation, such as legal regulations, reforms etc; not formulated as an strategic goal of the universities; not framed as an concept including a set of competences, skills and attitudes and no practical instruction or recommendations on how to implement it is given. Universities in KZ and PF are obliged to include certain key competence modules into the study programs which are predefined by the Ministries of Education, but normally do not pursue a holistic competence model integrated into the educational program and running as a common thread through the university. Additionally no internal document about understanding, what employability is and how it can be developed inside the HEI taking into account all the variety and peculiarity of the university.

The project is aimed at encouraging employability and fostering interaction between higher educational institutions and employers by establishing CCEDs – Centres for Competence and Employability Development.

Implementation of the COMPLETE project implies addressing a number of general and specific long-term and short-term goals.

Project Objectives
  • To reinforce employability development in compliance with Bologna process requirements.
  • To establish Centres for Competence and Employability Development (CCEDs).
  • To implement workshops and courses for different target groups and stakeholders.
  • To promote CCEDs in Common Education Space of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • To analyse graduates’ employability at national, regional and institutional levels in Russia and Kazakhstan.
  • To consolidate the concept of CCEDs based on national, regional and institutional standards.
  • To pilot CCEDs at higher educational institutions.
  • To develop modules, workshops and activities targeted at C&E development.
  • To evaluate quality assurance and disseminate project outcomes.
Education Sector HE
Components of the Education Process Career planning, Education Management, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Mobility and international exchange, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements)
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.)
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Key activities of CCDEs comprise:

  • Providing consultations, as well as information and analysis support to clarify graduates’ competence models and develop necessary methodological documentation, drafts of local regulations and other documents that might be required.
  • Developing and implementing additional vocational education programmes in the sphere of competence development and labour potential (professional retraining, continuing education).
  • Issuing standardised supporting documents for different target groups.
Project Results
  • Employability in Russia and Kazakhstan analysed.
  • CCEDs developed and conceptualised.
  • CCEDs piloted.
  • Quality management and evaluation systems and methods elaborated and implemented.
  • Dissemination of information ensured.

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