Vocational Education Development Strategy
Vocational education system reform in Georgia started in 2007. The need for the reform came from the problems within the vocational education system: low prestige of vocational education, low level of awareness of potential students, lack of certain occupations, lack of mechanism for recognition of prior learning, need for fine-tuning vocational qualification system, lack of quality assurance system in vocational education and training system. Besides, access to vocational education was limited, and number of so called “education dead-ends” existed. More specifically, the system did not allow free mobility of students to vocational or other levels of education.
Georgian Vocational Education System Reform Strategy (2013-2020) is a document defining VET policy. The Strategy represents the vision of the Government of Georgia on future development of the vocational education. The document was created in consultation with stakeholders and encompass expert opinions of employers, trade unions, local and international experts of vocational education, public institutions, NGOs and international organizations, public and private VET institutions.
The Strategy provides priorities and goals, implementation of which, according to the Action Plan, should support sustainable improvement of human resources (development of opportunities and potential, possibilities for employment and self-employment, income generation and self-realization) and social-economic development and poverty reduction through meeting current and future needs of labor market.