Georgia to promote vocational education at schools

Students from a school in Georgia's western, remote Svaneti region. Photo by N. Alavidze/, 05 Feb 2018 - 11:59, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian Education Ministry is launching a new project to boost the development of professional skills of students at schools.

To this end, 3,000 students were engaged in a pilot project last year, while now the ministry plans to expand its geographic reach to ensure everyone has access to professional education.

According to the proposed changes, schools will select the professional field they wish to offer additional courses in, receive relevant equipment and provide space for classes.

The ministry believes this approach will merge general and vocational education and help students become more competitive on the labour market when they finish schools.

About vocational education

37 colleges in Georgia offer over 150 professions free of charge. Without being limited to any specific age group, the colleges provide ample opportunities with state funding.

However, the ministry is working on improving the legislation to allow those with vocational education to pursue higher education as well.

As of today, only those who successfully graduate from high school can apply to university.