Vocational Training and Employment Promotion

Project Overview

Project Title Vocational Training and Employment Promotion
Project Number
Country Kyrgyzstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End February 3, 2009–June 12, 2013
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding BMZ
Project Budget(EUR) 7,850,000
Implementing Organization / Consortium

Ministry of Economy and Antimonopoly Policy, together with the implementing agencies Ministry of Youth, Labour and Employment, Ministry of Education and Science, and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Günter Blumenstein, Team Leader
Email: guenter.blumenstein@giz.de

Jyldyz Kalmyrzaeva, Project Manager
Email: jyldyz.kalmyrzaeva@giz.de


Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

After a dramatic decline in economic activity at the beginning of the transition period, since the mid-1990s the Kyrgyz economy has stabilised at a reduced level. The situation in the country is characterised by poverty, adverse economic conditions and weak public institutions. At the same time, however, a new liberalism and willingness to introduce economic reforms can be seen, and there is a readiness on the part of political decision-makers to work in partnership with society and to pursue decentralisation. For some years, the situation in the Kyrgyz labour market has been very tense. The employment rate has declined steadily because, while the number of available jobs has barely increased, the working-age population has grown strongly. The proportion of youth in the country’s population is now estimated at more than 50%.

Project Objectives

Job placement services for adolescents and young adults have improved and employers are better able to fill their vacant positions. The vocational education system enjoys greater acceptance and unemployed youth are completing vocational training.

Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers, Training providers (public and private)
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The programme advises its partners and stakeholders on how to employ a participatory approach to change structures, procedures and processes in such a way that the quality of vocational education and the monitoring of the labour market can improve.

The steps taken include analysis of the current situation, the development of social partnership structures and models for achieving greater transparency through participatory decision making, and the testing and evaluation of these structures and models.

Project Results

Young unemployed people are benefiting from training courses in entrepreneurship skills, metalwork and welding, European-level computing certificates, processing of agricultural products, and energy-efficient construction and building techniques.

These are complemented by courses in peaceful coexistence, conflict prevention, and rights and obligations in the state. At the same time, teachers and other staff are given instruction in youth work.

The programme has also procured essential equipment for 15 local job centres where advice is given to job seekers and potential employers, and for the technical training measures provided for the young people.

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