Enterprise Development and Market Competitiveness (EDMC) Project

Europe and Eurasia
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IDG led the workforce development component on USAID's EDMC project, implemented by prime contractor The Pragma Corporation.  The project aimed at identifying and strengthening high potential value chains and placing them on a job creating long-run growth trajectory. Within this component, IDG’s approach to helping Armenia to overcome skills constraints included: A) working with existing VET institutions; B) improving curricula, policy, and information distribution at the national level through the Ministry of Education and the National Center for VET Development; C) arranging for VET services to be provided directly within value chains (e.g., by employers for employees, or by processors for farmers/suppliers); D) improving labor market data and analysis; E) improving job-matching websites; F) developing model employment offices for the State Employment Services Agency (SESA); and G) assisting private for- and non-profit employment services providers.