Employment and Vocational Education and Training in Belarus

About of project:

Period: 30.03.2017—18.12.2021

Budget: €5,400,000 

Implementing agency: GFA Consulting Group (Germany) in cooperation with ECORYS International Company (Poland, Netherlands)

Locations: Minsk and Minsk Region, as well as 12 colleges throughout Belarus (Barysaŭ, Orša, Hrodna, Kobryn, Maladziečna)


The project is aimed at adapting the vocational education and training system in Belarus to the needs of the modern labour market.

Goals and objectives: improve the VET quality and enhance employment prospects of youth and adults.

Interim outcomes: the project consists of three components. The first component: reinforcement of the national qualifications framework. 45 professional standards are to be developed to serve as a basis for new educational programmes and curricula in 12 pilot colleges. Their teachers will undergo specialized training in EU countries.

The first component also provides for development of recommendations on drafting the National Life-Long Learning Development Strategy. The document will facilitate the public-private dialogue and provide a flexible approach to continuous adult vocational training. New mechanisms of financing such education will be developed and tested to enhance the self-reliance of educational institutions, as well as the educational system ability to better support its cost-effectiveness, transparency and accountability.

The second component: drafting of the national quality insurance development system. It will enable educational institutions to meet the latest standards in education. There are plans for outfitting resource hubs in the areas of energy and inclusive education, which will become centres of excellence. Public surveys will be carried out in the project beginning and end to define the level of VET attractiveness and degree of satisfaction with its quality nationwide.

The third component provides for developing and testing a methodology of labour market surveying for the purposes of forecasting needs for professions, which will allow both examining demand on the modern labour market and forestalling future lack of skilled workforce. There are also plans for developing a mechanism for disseminating labour market information among analysts, students, general public.

There are plans to hold, during the project period, training events and educational visits for more than 3,600 representatives of VET institutions.

Points of Contact: Valerie Kedich, Assistant Project Manager

+375 29 330 85 75, e-mail: Valerie.Kedich@gfa-group.de