Modernizing VET in Agriculture in Armenia

While 37% of Armenia’s labour force is employed in agriculture, men and women do not earn sufficient income, incl. due to a lack of professional skills. This multi-stakeholder intervention, which includes a SDC contribution, further develops country-wide work-based learning education, strengthens specialized institutions and modernizes the regulatory framework, enabling professionals and graduates to acquire relevant qualification, find employment or establish their own businesses.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Formación profesional
Agricultura y seguridad alimentaria
Empleo y desarrollo económico
Formación profesional
Servicios agrícolos & mercado
Desarrollo rural
01.12.2021 - 31.08.2025
CHF  7’710’000
Young Armenian farmers receive Vocationa Education and Training in Agriculture Young Armenian farmers receive Vocationa Education and Training in Agriculture © Strategic Development Agency SDA / Swiss Cooperation Office South Caucasus SCO
Contexto Overall, the project aims at (I) improving knowledge and skills to contribute to sustainable, climate friendly, inclusive growth, (II) increasing incomes and (III) enhancing (self)-employment of male and female professionals and graduates in agricultural and related fields.

Since 2016, HEKS/EPER and the local partner SDA have been working on A-VET, and GIZ launching important policy and capacity development processes at a macro level. Particularly,

• Dual VET in wine, tourism, IT, transport and logistic sectors with nine short-term dual VET courses at nine VET colleges have been piloted.

• The curricula for Veterinary and Milk & Dairy Technology professions have been revised according to the Work Based Learning (WBL) educational model, approved and piloted at two colleges.

• 2019-2023 Strategy for Preliminary (Craftsmanship) and Middle Vocational Education and its Action Plan has been developed.

• Efforts have been made towards regulatory reforms and institutional setup of qualifications, human capacity development measures, private sector engagement etc.

Although important progress have been made, the two projects were not in a position in their first phases to fully establish new structures, standards and institutions of a work-based vocational education in a sustainable manner: conceptual work needs to be expanded and deepened, reform processes completed, the know-how accumulated in the hands of international stakeholders to be transferred to state institutions.

Grupos destinarios

Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia (LILA),

• Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Mountainous Armenia (SIGMA),

• Activities by the Government of the Republic of Armenia and relevant ministries

• Experience sharing with other regional and local projects in South Caucasus (e.g. WEE, VET in GE)

• Collaborating with likeminded donors

Efectos a medio plazo

1.1 VET-courses and curricula are offered innovatively and in-line with the needs of the rural population and the private sector.

1.2 VET colleges are strengthened, and teachers capacitated.

1.3 Private sector actors collaborate within the local knowledge system.

1.4 Women and vulnerable groups are incentivized to undergo developed A-VET courses.

2.1 Laws and governmental regulations for anchoring and sustainable development of dual VET are revised.

2.2 Cooperation structure(s)/mechanism(s) with all relevant parties established and operational, in particular in A-VET

2.3 Managerial capacities of public and private actors on professional association levels are improved, in particular in A-VET


Resultados previstos:  

Target groups are

• young male and female professionals and graduates interested in farming and

related professions;

• farms as small, medium and large enterprises interested in farming and related


• institutions offering A-VET courses and related regulatory authorities; being capacitated and empowered by a modernized A-VET system.

Resultados de las fases anteriores:  

Outcome 1: Professionals and graduates are enabled by the A-VET system

a) to apply agricultural and related knowledge, skills and attitudes which are in demand by the market,

b) to find or create sustainably decent income generation opportunities, and

c) to contribute to innovative approaches, solutions, products and services in the market.

Outcome 2: The dual VET system is effective (in particular the A-VET system), based on coherent policies, capacitated institutions, and an established cooperation between the public and the private sector.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
Sector privado
Institución estatal extrangera
Organización suiza sin fines de lucro
  • Central State of South East
  • Ayuda de las Iglesias Protestantes de Suiza
  • National State Institute North
  • Sector privado extranjero Norte
  • Sector privado extranjero Sur/Este

Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores

Delegated Cooperation Agreement SDC - Austrian Development Agency (ADA) (ADA delegates to SDC)

Contributions contracts with Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) for Outcome 1 and German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) for Outcome 2

Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    7’710’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    3’028’971
Fases del proyecto Fase 1 01.12.2021 - 31.08.2025   (Fase en curso)