On 10 July, the city of Ganja in western Azerbaijan held the opening of the first industrial workshop as part of the EU-funded project to support the establishment of the Regional Industrial Vocational Education and Training (VET) Competence Centre in the city.
The project seeks to improve the quality of education and, specifically, to bolster the attractiveness of vocational education in Ganja and its surrounding regions. It also aims to boost student enrolment and participation, as well as to align the vocational education system of these regions with the demand and requirements of the industry.
The new, state-of-the art workshop is based on the premises of the Ganja Regional Centre, established last year.
The school specialises in providing industry-relevant skills to students studying heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; apartment turnover and renovation service; mountain mining jobs; fashion design; plastic welding services for the installation and repair of plastic pumps; and turner’s services to manufacture and assemble metallic components of industrial machinery.
The project in Ganja is part of a broader programme, “Modernising VET Centres in Azerbaijan”, funded by the EU with co-financing from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is implemented by the UNDP, in close partnership with the Ministry of Education and the State Agency on Vocational Education. The primary focus of this programme is on strengthening the vocational education and development capacity of two regions in Azerbaijan – Ganja in the west and Jalilabad in the south of the country.
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