Vocational Education and Training Linked to the Development of SMEs

Project Overview

Project Title Vocational Education and Training Linked to the Development of SMEs
Project Number Not Assigned
Country Kazakhstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End March 1, 2003–February 28, 2005
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 899.700
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Idom
• Lernia

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Not Assigned

Beneficiary Ministry of Education

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The Ministry of Education was working on a large-scale reform programme designed to adapt the Kazakh education system to the 12-year European system. Under this reform, the Ministry was working out mechanisms to promote the enrolment of students to VET schools in order to increase the number of trained middle-level workers needed to support SME development and employment growth.

The project objective is to introduce key elements in the VET reform system in two regions of Kazakhstan, through the provision of new models, best practice and policy recommendations.

Project Objectives
  • To build a modern, efficient and flexible VET system responsive to the needs of the labor market in the region, and in particular of SMEs.
  • To integrate vocational standards and curricula as well as related teacher training, following EU models into a lifelong learning perspective.
  • To improve management system involving social partners and enhancing school-enterprise relations.
  • To pilot schemes potentially replicable to other regions.
Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Examination, certification and accreditation, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects

Not Assigned

  • Developing of a scheme for a dialogue between social partners, SMEs and VET in the two pilot regions (Aktobe and Akmola Oblasts) that may be proposed as a model for the national authorities to disseminated to other regions.
  • Designing of a VET strategic policy framework and development of efficient funding schemes.
  • developing of curricula linked to labour market needs, and of modern and open methods for teacher training.
  • Developing of training modules to train different levels of VET administration with a view to improve their management skills.
  • Continuing of project review, quality assurance and dissemination of project results.
Project Results
  • VET system improved and modernized.
  • Vocational standards and curricula integrated into an EU lifelong learning perspective.
  • The management system of VET improved.
  • School-enterprise relations enhanced.

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