Stocktaking report on social dialogue in vocational education and training and employment in Armenia

Education reform is considered a top priority in Armenia. In vocational education and training (VET) the key driver of change is the economic and social consequences of this mismatch between the VET supply and labour market demand. Not only are the qualifications that graduates from the existing VET programmes have achieved not often required by companies - the graduates are also ill prepared for self-employment. At the same time there is a growing need for qualified workers of lower and middle levels in the newly developing sectors of economy. Expectations and potential benefits from increased social dialogue in VET and employment are thus very high, and a structured and well functioning dialogue between VET providers and social partners is seen as a key tool to improve the situation.
Education reform is considered a top priority in Armenia. In vocational education and training (VET) the key driver of change is the economic and social consequences of this mismatch between the VET supply and labour market demand. Not only are the qualifications that graduates from the existing VET programmes have achieved not often required by companies - the graduates are also ill prepared for self-employment. At the same time there is a growing need for qualified workers of lower and middle levels in the newly developing sectors of economy. Expectations and potential benefits from increased social dialogue in VET and employment are thus very high, and a structured and well functioning dialogue between VET providers and social partners is seen as a key tool to improve the situation.