One of the three main intervention fields specifically aims to ensure that the activities of public and private actors take account of regional and international experience in inclusive and green MSMEs and dual-oriented vocational training in the selected sectors. The supported exchange formats concentrate on the topics of green MSME support and the introduction of dual-oriented vocational training approaches. Although contexts differ in the South Caucasus countries, the partners in all three have a keen interest in these issues. Selected specialist and executive personnel from these countries are invited to attend dialogue events. International experience on specialist topics selected by the partners are presented at these events as a basis for initiating technical exchange. The intervention field also sets up and supports dialogue formats for possibly institutionalising expert exchange and devising appropriate schemes, such as cooperation among the UNEVOC centres in the region.
In the TVET sector, we contribute to:
- Establishing a Master programme Dual TVET Teacher and Skills Development in each of the three countries. Selected universities are supported to develop a study programme including relevant modules and examination regulations to be accredited and implemented in 2019.
- Improving the quality of TVET teacher training and in company trainers in each of the three countries. A regional symposium on this matter was held in Tbilisi in December 2017 with participation of UNEVOC centers, institutions for teacher trainings and representatives from the Ministries of Education of each of the three South Caucasus countries.
In the context of promoting the private sector development, we support:
- Developing and implementing products of cross-border tourism in cooperation with stakeholders of the three South Caucasian countries. In the frame of a regional academy, tour operators and public stakeholders meet, discuss and jointly develop products for the promotion of cross-border tourism.
- Enhancing the support for the wine and wine tourism sector in each of the South Caucasian Country. In the frame of a regional academy, partners from the private and public sector will cooperatively work on solutions and measures to further promote the sector in their respective Country.
Example of how we work:
The regional exchange academies provide a platform for sector-specific learning, professional exchanges and continuous cooperation on joint projects on national, regional and sectoral level. A total of 80 participants from partner organisations from the selected sectors across the three South Caucasus countries took part in expert input exchanges, thematic workshops and field trips, and worked together to devise joint action plans for implementing improvements. The identified measures were then implemented in each participating country. The three thematic exchange academies focused on the following three forward-looking topics in private sector development and technical vocational education and training: (1) sustainable management of companies and value chains; (2) dual-oriented technical and vocational education and training, and (3) promotion of innovation and clustering. This effort not only boosted cooperation between the public and private sector, but also encouraged regional and sectoral convergence as well as broadening international cooperation.