ADB Program supported the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and aimed at supporting the government’s VET program to promote job creation in high-value sectors, economic growth, and reduced poverty.


As a major activity, AARC piloted a support program for several VET institutes to undertake entrepreneurial activities, fund-raising, and income generation; and advised the establishment of centers of excellence (COEs) in priority economic sectors. The team also supported an introduction to entrepreneurship programs in general secondary schools and integrate language training into VET institute programs.


AARC team also established functioning sector skills councils in focus economic sectors; piloted private management of public VET institutes; and established gender-inclusive programs that promote VET–industry partnerships.


Inclusiveness of vocational education and training system was another objective of the program that was supported by AARC. We supported the introduction of VET programs in general secondary schools, including developing gender-inclusive curricula, building capacity, upgrading facilities, and building workshops. The team also developed and piloted gender-sensitive career advisory services in general education and VET institutes; undertook a social marketing campaign; prepared VET gender policy and guidelines; and supported a delivery of short-cycle training programs for disadvantaged groups.