Areas of Expertise
Vocational Education in Developing Countries
Vocational education and training play a key role in raising skill levels and improving a society’s productivity. The demand for skilled workers has increased as job specificity and the use of technology have increased. Recognizing the importance of vocational education, AIR works closely with Ministries of Education to support the development and improvement of vocational education programs in countries around the world. AIR’s vocational education projects are conducted either as part of secondary school programs or at separate facilities that offer courses to students from age 15 through adulthood.
United States Ambassador to Georgia John Bass visited the Vocational Education Center (VEC) in Kutaisi on March 18, 2010 to visit the trainees and instructors in the construction trade courses sponsored by the USAID-funded Vocational Education Project in Georgia (VEP).
On May 21, 2008 USAID awarded AIR a contract to implement the Vocational Education Project in Georgia, a two-year workforce development project designed to develop and expand vocational education and training to meet labor market demand in the tourism and construction sectors.
Nicaragua’s ENTERATE (Educando Niños Trabajadores y Erradicando Actividades y Trabajos Explotadores)
Together with its Nicaraguan partners (La Cuculmeca, INPRHU-Somoto, and Club Infantil), AIR is working to reduce the worst forms of child labor in Nicaragua by providing access to and improving the quality and relevance of education as well as providing skills or vocational training for 10,045 children, mostly in the rural and urban areas of the Departments of Jinotega and Madriz.
RECLAIM withdrew/prevented approximately 2,960 children from exploitive child labor by enrolling them in either formal or vocational education programs, and provided income generation alternatives to 500 women.