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.
"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.