On 11 November 2021, AmCham in Armenia held a Workforce Development Committee Education, Training and Development (ETD) Working Group (WG) meeting in Boardroom, Armenia Marriott Hotel, Yerevan. 7 WG members, a special guest namely Dr. Freimut Hinsch, and the Executive team were present at the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Dagen Valentine.
The participants discussed the WG outcomes to be, the success scenario of the WG they imagine, and deadlines for the success. For the specific WG outcomes to achieve it was decided to put a deadline of 6 months. It was supposed to compile a proposal that should be presented to the appropriate Government authorities (Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs).
The success defined for a six-month period was decided as an established ongoing relationship with corresponding Ministry representatives and a finished proposal aimed at promoting education training and development by the WG that is accepted by the Government authorities.
Accordingly, the WG was tasked with the following points:
Informing the members of the corresponding Ministries of RA on the ETD WG and the work it is doing and engaging them and their insights on education
Requesting data from the Corresponding Ministries while also sharing reasons why does the WG require such data
Requesting presentations from the corresponding authorities and committees that concern and address Work Force Development and related issues
Asking for the attendance of policymakers and decision-makers from the Ministries within the WG in order to collaborate and support in necessary inputs.
To collect data and do a market assessment multiple sources were defined by the members, some of which are available sources and some that would be researched or requested:
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor: Armenia National Report 2019/2020, was referenced as a direct resource.
The HR Association data/report, which includes 250 Employers. Conducted a survey that focuses on 13 directions.
AmCham’s previous Satisfaction Survey data.
EV Consulting (Civitta Armenia), to retrieve data.
American Councils development roundtables dataset will be provided by the acting Chair in addition to the UN Career Orientation data.
All the data mentioned above will be shared amongst the Committee members for review and further suggestions about the ETD Action Plan
The Working Group has chosen to conduct its next session on 6 December 2021 in which they will already have their position and comments derived from the data and delve deeper into the processed action plan.
It was decided to invite representatives from the Government authorities to the upcoming WFD Committee meeting after the next WGs meetings.