PM encourages students to study "totally renewed” vocational programs

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said new dual programs at Georgia’s vocational educational centres gave students a greater chance at being immediately employed. Photo by the Prime Minister’s press office., 29 Sep 2016 - 13:21, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is appealing to students to register and study at the country’s vocational institutions, which now offer "totally renewed” approaches and guaranteed employment after studies.

From Monday, October 3, state vocational learning centres across the country will open registration for more than 200 renewed or new vocational programs that focus on highly sought-after trades.

Kvirikashvili highlighted the importance of a German model of a dual education, initiated by the current Government of Georgia that meant students who studied at vocational educational centres would be guaranteed a job after completing their studies.

I want to appeal to all students who are thinking about their future careers to pay attention to the new, absolutely different opportunities presented with vocational education, which ensures employment and a high-quality education,” the PM said. 

Kvirikashvili stressed now was the first time Georgia’s vocational educational centres offered the dual education model for more than 150 renewed programs and 50 new training programs for wine-making, fruit production, livestock and other training topics.

 Together with Georgian interested students can sit entry exams in Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian languages. Photo by Georgia's Ministry of Education Press Office. 

The updated and new dual programs will be taught at vocational education centres in Akhaltsikhe (South Georgia), Katchreti (East Georgia), Senaki (West Georgia) and Tsinamdzghvriantkari (East Georgia), where the state fully finances students’ studies. We also ensure free transport and accommodation for socially vulnerable students [and] the institutions are adapted for people with various disabilities,” said the PM.

Interested students can sit entry exams in Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian languages and if accepted, can learn Georgian language at their chosen place of study.

Georgia approved 10 new dual programs several days ago thanks to financial support of the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Several state organisations and private companies have promised to employ graduates upon completion of their studies including British Petroleum, Georgian Railways, Georgia’s ports, local wine companies and various state institutions, said PM Kvirikashvili.