Study Tour Visit to Cyprus for Armenian Stakeholders in VET System

CRRC-Armenia organized a study to Cyprus for Armenian stakeholders on June 25-29, 2012 within European Training Foundation’s project on “Consolidation of Support to the Stakeholders of the Republic of Armenia in Implementing Human Capital Development Policies”. 

Armenian delegation consisted of the following stakeholders - Director of National Training Fund Marine Hakobyan, Head of VET Department of Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia Robert Abrahamyan, and Member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Armenia Vahagn Hovhannisyan. The main purpose of the trip was to share the experience with colleges from Cyprus in the field of Continuing Vocational Training and establish partnership.

The following topics were covered during the study visit:
legal and operational establishment and functioning of the Human Resources Development Agency (HRDA); 
role of social partners;
identification of training needs;
relevance of HRDA’s experience for Armenia.

On Cyprus part, the study was organized by Panayiota Skiakalli, a chief inspector in the Ministry of Education and Culture. Participants were invited to the Ministry of Education for series of presentations, visited HRDA, met the director of HRDA and representatives from different departments, as well as the University of Nicosia and technical schools. There were meetings also with representatives of Armenian community in Cyprus. 

The knowledge and experience gained from the study visit by study tour participants will be used for proposing respective changes in VET system in Armenia.