GeoWel Research, supported by GIZ, recently completed a research and analysis capacity building program with the Georgian Ministry of Economic and Sustainable Development.
The underlying purpose of the research and analysis capacity building exercise, supported by GIZ, was to support the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia (MoESD) by building up their capacity to collect primary information, report on the current demands on the labour market and develop conclusions and recommendations for the benefit of investors and future VET graduates.
To achieve this aim, the project consisted of the following key components:
· Investigating and analysing existing data that can inform the MoESD on labour market needs and provisions;
· Collecting and collating new labour market information
Combining existing and new information with an understanding of government economic development priorities in order to elaborate conclusions and recommendations for addressing the employment needs mismatch.
The research was largely focused on the analysis of tourism, apparel, ICT and food processing.
Below are some of the main conclusions.
How Easy is it to Find a Well Qualified Employee?
In all of the sectors people found it difficult to find qualified employees, though the situation was particularly bad in tourism and apparel.
Educational Demands for Each Sector
As one can see from the table above, the experience of potential employees is more in-demand from companies than formal education. This is true for all sectors, but particularly in apparel and food processing.
However, from our discussion with the companies, we found that even where companies prefer employees with higher educational qualifications, they are not necessarily looking for particular skill-sets but believe that university graduates have good general knowledge and are more capable of solving everyday issues by finding relevant information.
Equally important was the fact that while there is a high demand for practical experience, relatively few people are recruiting from the VET sector, even though VET centres are supposed to provide experience as part of their training. Therefore, we concluded that VET centres probably need to increase the practical training they provide and become better at marketing their qualifications as practical.