Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine together with the European Union has launched a joint EU4Skills programme aimed at modernising institutions, establishing centres of excellence, training school managers and teachers. The the four-year project is also designed to introduce an effective institution management system. This was stated by Minister of Education and Science Hanna Novosad and EU representatives today, December 5, 2019, during the presentation of the program in Kyiv.
"In October, we presented pilot regions that allowed to create centers of excellence within the program. EU4Skills will also assist us in updating 100 vocational education standards and training school managers and teachers in vocational schools of the pilot regions. It is important for us to apply the experience of EU countries in which professional education is more prestigious among young people," the Minister of Education and Science stressed.
EU4Skills programme will support the implementation of the reform at the national level and in 7 regions: Vinnytsia, Poltava, Zaporizhyia, Rivne, Lviv, Mykolaiv and Chernivtsi. In the future, the experience of these regions will be extended to the whole county.
"The EU experience demonstrates that vocational education is an opportunity for young people to unlock their full potential. It is also important for the development of Ukraine. Skilled workers is a prerequisite for economic growth and innovation", Stefan Schleuning, Head of Cooperation, the EU Delegation to Ukraine, underscored.
The meeting participants accentuated that the reform of vocational education, among other things, is focused on the creation of centers of excellence with modern equipment and technologies for training. They will become hubs where the best practices of reform will be implemented and will share their experience with other institutions across the country.
EU4Skills programme will work to create such centers, as well as to involve employers in curriculum planning and teaching. This will enable graduates to gain practical knowledge while studying and to meet labor market requirements.
EU4Skills: Better Skills for Modern Ukraine is a European program that aims to support vocational education reform in Ukraine. It envisages the purchase of new equipment, the creation of a network of centers of excellence, professional development of school managers and teachers
On December 17, 2018, Ukraine and the European Commission signed a Financing Agreement worth €58 million. Of these, €21 million will be spent on upgrading equipment and infrastructure.