We are working to increase the English and generic employability skills of Vocational and Educational Training (VET) colleges' students in Armenia.

Financed by “HSBC Bank Armenia” CJSC, our current project titled “English and Employability Skills for Career Development” envisages supporting the employability of VET college students living in regions by equipping them with the skills and competencies required for better future employment pathways.  

Development Centres 

To realise the project, we have established two separate ‘Development Centres’ in Masis and Artashat cities of Ararat region. The Centres offer extracurricular courses to the immediate students of the respective colleges. The following courses are offered at the Centres: 

  • English for Work 
  • EmployabilitySkills for Work

 

The project aims

For college students of 17 to 20 years of age to develop their:

  • English language skills as a workplace requirement and a means for enhancing individuals’ economic prospects,
  • provide them access to sources of information on their profession and employability opportunities,
  • equip them with core transferable employability skills which would make them more employable

For teachers: 

  • support local English and Skills teachers professional development for successful delivery of the programmes.

Key activities in 2018/19

  • Eleven English teachers and seven Employability Skills trainers were recruited and trained to run the centres’ activities in October 2018.
  • Ararat Regional State Colleget's Development Centres were officially opened on November 2018. You can watch the opening of the Centres here
  • The Development Centres started their activities in November 2018.
  • First batch of colleges students finished their Employability Skills for Work training course in December 2018.

The project also aims to support the beneficiaries with post-project internship opportunities by local partnering with career advisor and development agencies and organising a job fair.

PROJECT DURATION 

The project is realised from November 2018 to May 2019.