Armenia: G20TS Project’s 3rd National Steering Committee Meeting

Article | Yerevan, Armenia | 13 May 2020
13 May, Yerevan, Armenia – The Applying the G20 Training Strategy: A partnership of the ILO and the Russian Federation (Phase 2) project’s 3rd meeting of the National Steering Committee (NSC) was conducted virtually. The meeting benefited from the participation of the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Arman Udumyan, the Chair of the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia (RUEA) Gagik Makaryan, representatives from the Ministry of Education Science, Culture and Sport, as well as ILO staff from Moscow, Geneva and Yerevan offices.

Based on the principles of social dialogue, engagement and cooperation among national stakeholders, the meeting was convened with the aim of reaching a consensus on a series of G20TS Project’s interventions at the country level. At the same time, during the meeting, committee members and ILO staff shared information regarding the work that the ILO is currently implementing in cooperation with other countries in the region and at a global level. In among the issues covered, participants briefly discussed how Skills Development initiatives might be instrumental on mitigating the negative consequences that the COVID-19 pandemic risks to have in the Labour Market. The G20TS Project provided secretariat and translation support to the meeting through the on-line facilitation of the discussion.

By the end of the meeting it was agreed to proceed with the Project activities in the field of vocational guidance and professional orientation, skills needs identification among employers and with the deployment and institutionalization of the updated version of the Skolkovo TVET institution simulator for improving the management skills of TVET managers.

On-line tools are essential for the continuation of ILO activities at country level, we must not lose track of our objectives! The virtual NPSC meetings is an unusual modality for this type of consultations. This experience is yet another opportunity to become more aware of the challenges and opportunities that digital tools provide

G20TS Project team
In this regard, an agreement has been reached among NSC members that the G20TS Project proceed with the development of a national report on vocational guidance covering a broad range of issues faced by the education system in the country, including the ones caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The Project will also engage in conducting a Skills Needs Survey, implemented in close collaboration with the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia, and will address among other topics challenges employers face during COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Udumyan has expressed hope that after the meeting, a new impulse will be given for the G20TS Project further implementation. Mr. Pouchkin, Chief Employment Specialist of ILO DWT and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia on behalf of the ILO has expressed thanks for the initiative and stated that the meeting was important and progress was achieved along several strategic directions.
The meeting was an excellent opportunity for the social partners to e-get together to sync up and discuss, what from their experience would improve the implementation of the Project components in Armenia.