Launching of Grants Component for TVET Program Improvement in Georgia

The Industry-led Skills and Workforce Development Project of the Millennium Challenge Account – Georgia has officially launched the 12 Million USD Program Improvement Competitive Grants (PICG) on July 22th in Tbilisi Marriott Ballroom. The project is funded under the second $140 million Compact between the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Government of Georgia and is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia.

The Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Ms Tamar Sanikidze, Millennium Challenge Corporation Regional Deputy Vice President for the Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America region, Ms Fatema Sumar, Millennium Challenge Account-Georgia CEO, Ms Magda Magradze and Marita Münks, Managing Director of PEM CONSULT greeted the participants and spoke about the importance of the partnership between the education providers and the industry. David Handley, Team Leader of the ISWD project, presented the project goals and grant competition terms to the audience, followed by the Q&A session.

PICG aims to fund innovative, industry-driven proposals for establishing new or expanding and improving existing technical vocational education and training (TVET) programs that are aligned with industry demands,  meet labour market needs and incorporate modern work-practices, particularly in higher-level Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) areas, Agriculture and Tourism.

Potential grantees will compete for up to $12 million in grants, with grant sizes ranging from $300,000 - $3 million. All public or private TVET providers and companies, educational establishments (universities, public or private schools), professional organizations, and NGOs are eligible for funding.

In their program proposals, grantees must demonstrate how their grants will address industry needs, including elements of public-private partnership, e.g. through co-funding. The projects must meet the international standards in environmental and social protection, occupational health and safety, and social and gender integration.

As part of the information campaign, information days and workshops were organized in Tbilisi, Telavi, Kutaisi and Batumi for all interested parties to get detailed information on the application process. Around 300 participants attended the information sessions.

ISWD Project in Georgia is managed by a German company, PEM CONSULT in consortium with ICON- Institute and AARHUS Tech International.

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