The Skills Training in Rural AReas (STAR)

Project Overview

Project Title The Skills Training in Rural AReas (STAR)
Project Number N/A
Country Kyrgyzstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End January 1, 2011–July 10, 2015
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding Other
Project Budget(EUR) 5,224,100
Implementing Organization / Consortium

Implementing agencies:
The Agency for Vocational Education and Training under the Ministry of Labour of the Kyrgyz Republic

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

HELVETAS Programme Office:
7 Liniya Str. house #65, Bishkek, 720044
Tel: +996 (312) 214 572/73/74/75
Fax: +996 (312) 214 578

Field Office:
214 Komsomolskaya Str., Balykchy, 722300
Tel.: +996 (3944) 3 06 17, 3 06 03
Fax: +996 (3944) 3 06 17

Beneficiary Students of rural training centers and vocational schools,Rural citizens and unemployed people working in the tourism sector, Trainers and management of rural training centers and vocational schools, Local training funds – KOJOs

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The Skills Training in Rural AReas (STAR) program orients its activities on rural development in general and helps create an effective and sustainable vocational education system that will allow graduates of agricultural vocational schools and informal training centres to get knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to successfully run businesses in their villages and make it possible for them to find jobs.

Project Objectives

– Contribute to introducing sustainable training mechanisms by using the principle of local stakeholders and local communities organizing their own training;
– Contribute to introducing and developing the multiple financing principle for training skills in the field of agricultural development;
– Contribute to professional skills development in the hotel and restaurant sector by cooperating with and supporting employers in strengthening the rights of owners and joint financing;
– Lobby for the introduction of reforms in the vocational education and training system.

Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Policy Advice & Development, Quality assurance, Standards and curriculum development
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects

The program is setting up and introducing a new training system by providing opportunities for rural citizens to get appropriate and practical skills that could be adapted to local partners – providers of training services.

The curriculum, training principles and training approach is built on the actual local situation of Kyrgyz farmers and developed by involving all concerned stakeholders: trainees, their parents, teachers, local and national authorities, training providers and also representatives of the private sector.

The program realizes two components:

The agricultural vocational education in rural areas (A-STAR);
Professional hotel and restaurant business training in rural areas (T-STAR);

Project Results

A-STAR Component (

The agricultural vocational education in rural areas component is currently working with training partners in the Naryn, Issyk- Kul, Chui and Talas oblasts, covering more than 1000 students and 500 graduates of two different three-year and sixteen- month courses. Vocational schools support this work using their own resources and equipment.

The project is also trying to become self- sustainable by introducing the idea of co- financing through the local agency of the public organizations KOJO that are trying to raise money to cover the costs of the 16-month farmer – entrepreneur course. Beside this the participants of the courses get micro credits to help them set up their own businesses and in parallel, to improve their skills during summer practical work on farms.

T-STAR component (

Professional hotel and restaurant business training in rural areas helps to establish and introduce sustainable training mechanisms with the objective of providing short-term courses for hotel staff and local unemployed people looking for seasonal jobs in the Issyk-Kul area.
Short-term courses for participants are organized with partner organizations and initially the courses proposed by Swiss hotels will be adapted and changed to meet the local conditions in Kyrgyzstan.

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