She noted that these problems are not specific only for Vayots Dzor, but also for the rest of the regions. But in this case, it is the most acute in Vayots Dzor, as the region is quite small, there are no production capacities, which would ensure high employment. Haykuhi Gevorgyan said that a number of employment-related projects are being implemented to transit from a passive employment to active programs.
“State Employment Agency, particularly the Vayots Dzor Regional Center implements 13 state programs, whose main goal is to help people to ensure sustainable employment,” the speaker said.
The issue of employment is three times more serious among the youth.
“A paid internship program provided by the employment program is designed for young people entering the labor market for the first time. They are undergoing a three-month paid internship according to their qualifications, after which the employer may employ the young people. The problem of overcoming the barrier of youth employment is solved since an employer is reluctant to hire inexperienced labor,” Gevorgyan said.
Coordinator of Yeghegnadzor Youth Center Silva Khachatryan who participated in the discussion via a video call said that the internship program is not significantly efficient as anyway, a student claiming to be employed faces a problem.
“Anywhere the employer requires an experience and the three-month internship gives nothing,” she said.
Member of Yeghegnadzor Youth Center, Advocate Hrach Kocharyan asked: “Isn’t it possible to do so that the three-month internship is considered an experience and it is prolonged for six months?”
As a reply, Gevorgyan said that each employer is interested in having the most experienced specialist, so coercion in this issue is inappropriate and impossible. At the same time, she emphasized young people’s individuality and personal qualities, arguing that in case of corresponding qualities the student will surely find a job and will definitely be observed by the employer one way or another. Gevorgyan noted that the issue of extending the duration of three-month paid internship to six-month is under a discussion.
Armenuhi Poghosyan, Head of Division of Policy and Strategy Development of Professional Education of Department of Primary and Vocational Education at RA Ministry of Education and Science and Argam Dovlatyan, Director of Regional State College of Vayots Dzor, also participated in the discussion. Armenuhi Poghosyan spoke about the opportunities of professional orientation in Vayots Dzor which are very few there: “There is one state college in Vayots Dzor Region where are 13 specializations. There is also the branch of Economic University where education is provided by the same methodology as in Yerevan.”
According to the speaker, there is also the problem of youth inactivity, when they just do not want to be initiative. It was noted that the region has a great tourism potential but as it turned out, Vayots Dzor Regional College has no majors in tourism management or hotel management. However, the college director Argam Dovlatyan proudly presented the activities and opportunities of the college noting that there would be no shortage of opportunities for active and initiative young people.
According to the results of the survey on "The youth employment issues" carried out last year in the whole territory of Armenia, only 28% of the Armenian young people are employed, 32% of which are from Yerevan, while the 26% are from regions.
Arevik Sahakyan, Program coordinator at “Media Center”
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