Public-Private Synergy to Empowering Ukraine's Vocational Education

Initial vocational education and training
On October 19, 2023, Phase III of the "Public-Private Partnership to Improved Professional Education in Ukraine" project (EdUP) was presented in Kyiv. This event brought together educators, international donors, entrepreneurs, and representatives of the Ministry of Education.

The project's goal is to develop the vocational education system in construction professions with the support of the private sector. This will enable young people and adults, including war veterans, internally displaced persons, and Ukrainians returning from abroad, to acquire skills tailored to the needs of the labor market and increase their incomes.

"Vocational education is a priority in the field of education in Ukraine, not only for school graduates but also for adults. Furthermore, training in construction professions is the top priority," noted Dmytro Zavhorodniy, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine for Digital Development, Digital Transformation, and Digitalization.

Professionals will receive training in six different trades at 28 vocational education institutions in Ukraine, including plumbers, facade insulators, welders, electricians, tilers, and concrete workers. The III phase of the EdUP project will run from 2023 to 2027.

"Phase III of the project means more challenges, more partners, more institutions, more professions, more areas of activity, and more students. The main focus is on the future employment of graduates: ensuring they can find in-demand jobs and receive decent salaries"
Poshan KC, Country Director of Swisscontact in Ukraine

"It is necessary to involve vocational education institutions not only in Western Ukraine but also in Eastern Ukraine, adapting programs to the learning conditions, including providing shelters," said Andre Huber, Director of the Swiss Cooperation Program at the Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine.

Business support is an integral component of the project implementation.

"Our common goal is to provide people with a profession so that they can earn a living. After two years of the coronavirus epidemic and almost two years of war, people must have hope for a better future," emphasized Oleksiy Rakov, CEO of Geberit Trading LLC.

The project "Public-Private Partnership for Improving Vocational Education in Ukraine" is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Geberit Trading LLC, Sika Ukraine LLC, and is implemented by the Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation "Swisscontact" with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Initial vocational education and training
Public Private Partnership to Improved Professional Education in Ukraine
The project fosters a decentralized education and vocational training system for plumbers supported by private sector investments enable young people to gain skills tailored to the needs of the market, enter the job market and achieve higher incomes. Unemployment among youth is a major national concern in Ukraine, where about 20% of youth are out...