Professional Education and Training for Economic Growth

Promoting practice-oriented Professional Education and Training for Economic Growth Sectors in Central Asia


Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan


The Central Asian labour market is characterised by high youth unemployment, insufficient quality of education and a lack of labour market orientation of the dual system of secondary and tertiary vocational education and training. To overcome these challenges the national strategy documents of the four Central Asian partner countries (Strategy "Kazakhstan-2050", National Development Strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic (2018-2040); National Development Strategy of the Republic of Tajikistan for the period until 2030, Uzbekistan's National Action Strategy 2017-2021) aim the modernisation of national vocational training systems which they consider as a key factor in improving the employability of the labour force.

In this context the project “Promoting practice-oriented professional education and training for economic growth sectors in Central Asia” which is part of the overall GIZ programme "Professional Education for Economic Growth Sectors in Central Asia 5" (PECA) aims to promote reforms of the regulatory framework for secondary vocational and higher education as well as the introduction of qualifications at various levels in the areas of food processing and logistics. The political partners are the ministries of education and science of the four Central Asian partner countries, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan. Implementing partners are universities and vocational schools in each country as well as partnership institutions in Germany and the European Union.

ICON-INSTITUT is providing continued support to national working groups in developing cooperative bachelor programmes in Logistic as already done under PECA 4. Furthermore, ICON supports the programme in the development of the distance-learning course “Master of Vocational Education”, in the introduction of dual TVET courses in logistics and short-term courses in green food technology and logistics for qualified workers and management staff.


15/11/2022 - 30/04/2024


Various countries


Economic and Employment Promotion


1.491.800 €


Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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