Support to VET Reform in Tajikistan

Project Overview

Project Title Support to VET Reform in Tajikistan
Project Number # 7551/7552
Country Tajikistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End September 1, 2008–March 31, 2016
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding GIZ (GTZ)
Project Budget(EUR) 1984622
Implementing Organization / Consortium

- EU
- DVV International

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Coordinator: Wolfgang Hellwig, E-mail:
Team leader: Grieta Tentere

Beneficiary Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

To ensure Tajikistan‘s economic growth, employers are in need of well qualified workers. The current Vocational Education and Training (VET) system cannot satisfy the needs of the employers, neither in quality nor quantity. The demand of the labour market and the supply of manpower do not match.

Many workers are forced into migration, while on the other hand positions in Tajikistan remain vacant. There is no unified and as well flexible VET-system. The responsibilities are fragmented and not clearly defined.

Considering capacity problems of VET, the current system can only cater for a part of an age-group. The majority of school graduates still goes for Universities/Higher Education rather than VET. To strengthen the VET-system and to ensure quality and relevance of skills for the labour market, also the employers have to be involved in all aspects of VET.

Project Objectives

4 main objectives:

– Government and economy conjointly create a coherent legislative and organisational framework for Initial and
Adult Vocational Education and Training.

– The quality of information services for the local and regional labour market as well as the access to these services is improved.

– Selected vocational institutions incorporate the demandoriented Initial VET and are able to contribute to employment and self-employment.

– An Adult VET that responds to the needs of economy is implemented and offers equal opportunities for men and women.

Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Policy Advice & Development, Examination, certification and accreditation, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development, Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Agriculture and Food Processing, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Geology, Mining, Oil and Chemical Industries
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers, Training providers (public and private)
Related Projects

Support to the Vocational and Educational Training in Tajikistan – Phase II


– Labour market analyses
– Institutional strengthening and capacity building
– Modernisation of VET curricula according to the needs of the economy
– Development of VET standards (DACUM) in the field of agriculture (women), bakery (women), high voltage electricians, drillmaster (oil and gas)
– Further training of VET teachers and trainers
– Quality assurance of the new programmes; design of a new certification system
– Monitoring and evaluation
– Development of a national VET policy and strategy for secondary VET and continuing/adult training
– Preparation and implementation of a communication strategy to raise public awareness of the VET reform process and project results
– Donor coordination

Project Results

– The government of Tajikistan establishes the National Advisory Board for VET as a coordinating and steering body for all VET-related issues.
– The government supports institutions avail new professional standards for the piloted professions developed in close joint cooperation between the government and the private sector;
– The selected VET-institutions have improved their material basis through funds and equipment provided by the programme;
– The local trainers/multipliers were trained on the pilot professions and on modern teaching methods and now are
transferring the knowledge to the participants of Initial and Adult VET;
– The management staffs of the VET institutions have acquired new skills and knowledge through the capacity building package developed and applied by the programme.

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