Ongoing Projects

Name: Master of my House – Capacity 2 Confidence Building

Implementation period: 07.2021 – 12.2022

Implementation area: Georgia

Donors /Partners:

  1. Federal Foreign Office of Germany (AA)
  2. Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO)
  3. European Education Center for Housing and Real Estate (EBZ)
  4. Hanse Parlament e.V. in Hamburg, Germany
  5. Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA)

Overall Budget:

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC:

Objective: Development and implementation of a professional program for Building Manager (Hausmeister) in Georgian vocational colleges with the participation of youth, vocational colleges, construction companies, representatives of non-governmental organizations and decision makers.

Target group(s): Young people, VET colleges, construction companies, hotels, local governments, building communities and other stakeholders

Beneficiaries: Young people, VET colleges, construction companies, hotels, local governments, building communities and other stakeholders

Implemented activities:

  1. Cooperation with construction colleges and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia (MESCSG) and  Employment Agency of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara (EAARA);
  2. Arrangement of a forum with stakeholders in Adjara;
  3. Trainings about the German model and approaches of dual education for representatives of target colleges in Georgia;
  4. Study visit in Germany to learn how the dual system works;
  5. Promotion of the program in Georgia.

 

Achieved results:

  1. Professional education program will be implemented by 2 vocational colleges in Adjara;
  2. The 8-10 representatives of VET colleges, companies and business organizations (chambers or associations) will be trained for the realization of a dual vocational education oriented to the conditions in Georgia.

Name: Learn, Exercise, Achieve, Receive, Network for Employment! (LEARN for Employment!)

Implementation period: 01.2021 – 12.2023

Implementation area: Imereti, Guria, Racha-Lechkhumi, Adjara, Shida Kartli, and Kakheti

Donors/Partners:

  1. European Union (EU)
  2. Telavi Education Development and Employment Center (TEDEC)
  3. Employment Agency of the Autonomous Region of Adjara (EAARA)
  4. Abkhazintercont (AIC)
  5. Guria Youth Resource Center (GYRC)

Overall Budget:€ 837 500

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC:€ 670 000

Objective: to promote an efficient transition model from education to the labour market largely supporting increased employment, social integration and decreased poverty and vulnerability levels.

Target group(s): disadvantaged youth, IDPs, PwD, NEETs other vulnerable groups

Beneficiaries: disadvantaged youth, IDPs, PwD, NEETs other vulnerable groups

Planned activities:

  1. Establish Career Guidance and Employment Service Centres (CGESCs) and provide Career Consultation, Planning and Employment Support Services by Offering Innovative Approaches in Digital Profiling, Learning and Skills Development;
  2. Improve the Labour Market Information Management System and Services of Employment Agency of the Autonomous Region of Adjara (EAARA);
  3. Design and implementation of New Demand-Driven Dual VET Programmes in the Maritime and Tourist Sectors;
  4. Equip Colleges with Innovative Educational Materials and Learning Resources;
  5. Setup of a Pilot Language Lab in Cooperation with a Selected VET Provider;
  6. Equip Mentors of Cooperating Companies with the Knowledge and Skills related to Work-Based Learning, Apprentice- and Internships; Conduct Capacity Building Trainings for the Representatives of Crewing Companies.
  7. Setup of a Webpage for Labour Market Information System Management and Employment Intermediary Services in the Maritime Sector;
  8. Organise Job Fairs to Increase Access to Employment Opportunities in the Maritime and Tourism Sectors.

Expected Results:

  1. In six regions of Georgia (Imereti, Guria, Racha-Lechkhumi, Adjara, Shida Kartli, and Kakheti) improved continuous career consultation, planning and employment services are available and at least 3,240 beneficiaries have the skills and knowledge to apply to jobs in the open labour market;
  2. The infrastructure of the maritime and tourism labour market is developed and intermediary services are adjusted to the demands of the maritime and tourism markets;
  3. At least eight state and private VET service providers, six state and private employment service providers and 180 potential employers improved their capacity in formal, informal and non-formal training and the provision of apprenticeships;
  4. At least 720 beneficiaries participate in VET, on-the-job training and internship programmes, and a minimum of 360 of them are employed.

Name: ESCape – Employment, Support, Counselling to Meet Labour Market Needs

Implementation period: 11.2020 – 11.2023

Implementation area: Imereti region

Donors /Partners:

  1. European Union (EU)
  2. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
  3. Democracy Development Agency (DDA)
  4. State Employment Support Agency (SESA)

Overall Budget: €1,250,000

Objective: to tackle the existing gaps in the field of employment services by improving the quality and sustainability of job placement and career counseling for job seekers.

Target group(s): CSOs, SESA, Employment Support Centers (ESCs)

Beneficiaries: disadvantaged groups, job seekers

Planned activities:
1. improve the quality of employment services through the exchange of international experiences and increased institutional capacities of the SESA;
2. implement a new model of intensive and individualized coaching in cooperation with DDA;
3. provide career counselling for unemployed and jobseekers in the target regions through ESCs;
4. improve skills development and competences of unemployed disadvantaged individuals;
5. work on key competence trainings for “hard to employ” individuals in the framework of a Public-Private-Partnership with SESA.

Expected results:
1. Relevant skills-matching services will be made more accessible and effective, especially career guidance, counselling and job intermediation.
2. Thanks to the new innovative coaching model relevant lifelong learning skills will be made more accessible in the target regions.
3. At 2.700 disadvantaged individuals received intensive coaching and improved their chances on the labor market.

Completed Projects

Name: Protecting IDP rights during the COVID-19 crisis in Georgia & Expanding agency and voice and improving the socio-economic outlook for conflict-affected women during the COVID-19 crisis

Implementation period: 12.2020 – 06.2021

Implementation area: Imereti, Shida Kartli and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

 

Donors /Partners: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Overall Budget: $14,220

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $14,220

Objective:

  1. to address youth needs and promote youth participation in the development and delivery of the response to COVID-19;
  2. to improve entrepreneurship skills among conflict-affected young women living in the areas adjacent to Georgia’s administrative boundary lines (ABLs).

Target group(s): young IDPs and villagers living along the ABLs, conflict affected young women.

Beneficiaries: 16-35 aged young IDPs and conflict-affected women in the target regions and young villagers along the ABLs.

Implemented activities:

  1. youth-based peer learning was introduced as an efficient response to COVID-19 by providing online trainings for 30 peer educators (young IDPs and villagers along the ABLs);
  2. effective application and spread of beneficiaries’ newly learnt knowledge was supported by various activities: a) peer learning; b) design competition: “Peace and Human Rights”; c) 3-5 inspirational meetings with public figures;
  3. basic entrepreneurship skills training for conflict-affected young women who graduated from EDEC’s earlier dual education program was provided;
  4. tool kits were provided to the trainees in order to encourage them to start a small business, become self-employed and maybe also an employer one day.

Achieved results:

  1. 30 IDPs and conflict-affected youth were involved in peer learning;
  2. 40 IDPs and conflict-affected women gained basic entrepreneurship skills.

Name: Master of my House – Share good Perspectives

Implementation period: 04.2020 – 06.2021

Implementation area: Georgia

Donors /Partners:

  1. Federal Foreign Office of Germany (AA)
  2. Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO)
  3. European Education Center for Housing and Real Estate (EBZ)
  4. Hanse Parlament e.V. in Hamburg, Germany
  5. Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA)

Overall Budget: € 75 639

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: € 14 595

Objective: Development and implementation of a professional program for Building Manager (Hausmeister) in Georgian vocational colleges with the participation of youth, vocational colleges, construction companies, representatives of non-governmental organizations and decision makers.

Target group(s): Young people, VET colleges, construction companies, hotels, local governments, building communities and other stakeholders

Beneficiaries: Young people, VET colleges, construction companies, hotels, local governments, building communities and other stakeholders

Implemented activities:

  1. Cooperation with construction colleges and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia (MESCSG)
  2. Meetings with the VET colleges and the Ministry of Education (MESCSG)
  3. Initiation of an official certification for the Building Manager (Hausmeister) program in Georgia
  4. Creation of a “Training for Trainers” (ToT) concept and conduction of ToT on building management topics in Kutaisi

Achieved results:

  1. 30 young people gained knowledge about the Building Manager (Hausmeister) profession and learnt how to take care of common property according to German experience;
  2. The educational program in Building Management was officially certified and conducted in Georgian VET colleges;
  3. The profession ‘Building Manager’ (Hausmeister) was adopted in Georgia.

Name: Establishment of New Infrastructural and Technical Standards

Implementation period: 06.2020 – 12.2020

Implementation area: Kutaisi, Gori, Zugdidi, Saguramo

Donors /Partners: Bread for the World (BfdW)

Overall Budget: €5,500

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: €5,500

Objective: 

  • To optimize working procedures and processes based on technical solutions;
  • To guarantee an organization appealing to fund and to collaborate with in the future.

Target group(s): EDEC employees

Beneficiaries: EDEC employees

Implemented activities:

  1. Purchase of additional licenses for accounting software;
  2. Establishment of a holistic and secure IT-network;
  3. Replacement and upgrading of office equipment;
  4. Providing hardware and software guidelines and trainings for the organization’s staff members.

 

Achieved results:

  1. Standardized communication and file sharing processes;
  2. Improved usage of financial resources by smoother working processes;
  3. Reduced internal “bottlenecks” by knowledge and responsibility sharing;
  4. Higher efficiency as a “selling point” for future partner and donor search.

Name: Meet the demands of time, receive education and become employed!

Implementation period: 04.2019 – 12.2019

Implementation area: Kutaisi

Donors /Partners: Kutaisi City Hall

Overall Budget: 25,000 GEL

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: 10,000 GEL

Contribution by EDEC: 12,500 GEL

Objective: Addressing the issue of guaranteeing livelihoods of people with disabilities by improving their skills and knowledge in the promising fields of digital marketing and web technologies; by increasing their income generation opportunities by both self-employment and employment.

Target group(s): Job seekers with disabilities in Kutaisi

Beneficiaries: Job seekers with disabilities in Kutaisi; mainly people with reduced mobility, who do not have access to educational and employment services.

Implemented activities:

  1. Selection of 14 out of 22 persons with mobility disabilities based on individual assessment (opportunities for professional development and employment, digital marketing and web technologies skills; employment perspectives in this area);
  2. Three-month intensive course in digital marketing and web technology;
  3. Individual face-to-face and online consultations by professional for the beneficiaries about applying the gained theoretical knowledge and skills into practice;
  4. Individual consultations for beneficiaries in order to assist them in their job search, and inform them about job interview procedures and cover letter/CV preparation techniques.

Achieved results:

  1. All 14 training participants received a certificates for completion of the digital marketing course;

All beneficiaries were referred to the employment program of the Social Service Agency.

Name: Master of My House, Master of My Future!

Implementation period: 2018

Implementation area: Imereti Region

Donors /Partners:

  1. Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO)
  2. European Education Center for Housing and Real Estate (EBZ)
  3. Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA)

Overall Budget: 

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: 

Objective: To train young IDP* leaders as housemasters for IDP settlements based on the basics of the German dual education system.

Target group(s): IDPs and other vulnerable groups of our society

Beneficiaries: IDPs and other vulnerable groups of our society

Implemented activities:

  1. A 3-month training course was organized for 30 youth representatives;
  2. Study trip to Germany for eight participants.

Achieved results:

  1. 30 young people raised their knowledge about how to run community work, how to take care of common property, conflict management, and prevention;
  2. All 30 participants graduated in the profession ‘housemaster’;
  3. Eight participants visited Germany and gathered experience which they could adopt back in Imereti.

Name: Social Entrepreneurship – An Innovative Approach to Social and Economic Change

Implementation period: 2016-2018

Implementation area: Adjara, Guria, Imereti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Regions

Donors /Partners:

  1. European Union (EU)
  2. Brot für die Welt
  3. Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG)
  4. Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Georgia (ASB Georgia)
  5. Microfinance Organization “Crystal”

Overall Budget: € 679 201

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: € 165 424

Objective: To support social entrepreneurship for social and ecological sustainability and economic empowerment of the most vulnerable groups of our society

Target group(s): People interested in social entrepreneurship, civic and business sector, government actors

Beneficiaries: Existing social enterprises

Implemented activities:

  1. The competition “Students in Support of Social Entrepreneurship” was held three times;
  2. An annual social entrepreneurs fair was held three times;
  3. Six social enterprise product exhibitions were organized;
  4. 95 potential social entrepreneurs have undergone intensive trainings;
  5. 20 social enterprises received individual consultations based on their needs.

Achieved results:

  1. ‘Alliance of Social Enterprises’ was established;
  2. A webpage for the Alliance of Social Enterprises has been created;
  3. A catalog of social enterprises in Georgia has been published;
  4. 14 social enterprises were funded;
  5. A textbook on social entrepreneurship has been published;
  6. A document analyzing the best international practices how the state can support social enterprises has been created;
  7. Recommendations for government agencies have been prepared;
  8. A conference on possible mechanisms on how to support social entrepreneurship was held with the participation of international experts;
  9. With support of the Microfinance Organization “Crystal” the availability of credit products for social enterprises has increased;
  10. Informative documents on “Venture Philanthropy” and “Impact Investment” were prepared for the Georgian business sector. 

Name: Individual Needs-Based Vocational Education and Employment Support for People with Disabilities

Implementation period: 2018

Implementation area: Kutaisi

Donors /Partners: Kutaisi City Hall

Overall Budget: ₾10 000

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: ₾10 000

Objective: To mobilize Kutaisi-based job seekers with disabilities, conduct short-term vocational training and support their employment.

Target group(s): People with disabilities, private sector, local government

Beneficiaries: Kutaisi-based people with disabilities

Implemented activities:

  1. Professional assessment of labor and vocational education skills of 34 PwDs
  2. 30 PwDs completed professional orientation training-courses
  3. Ten PwDs completed confectionery, nail technician and hospitality management courses

Achieved results:

  1. Ten beneficiaries enrolled in appropriate teaching programs at vocational schools;
  2. Seven enrolled at the Public College “Iberia” in Kutaisi;
  3. Six participated in a paid internship program implemented by the Social Service Agency;
  4. Six joined an employment program implemented by the Social Service Agency;
  5. Three found employment.

Name: Vocational Training and Employment for People with Disabilities

Implementation period: 2018

Implementation area: Batumi

Donors /Partners: Employment Agency of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara

Overall Budget: ₾ 16 000

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: ₾ 16 000

Objective: To mobilize Adjara-based job seekers with disabilities, conduct short-term vocational training and support their employment.

Target group(s): People with disabilities, private sector, local government

Beneficiaries: Adjara-based people with disabilities

Implemented activities:

  1. Professional assessment of labor and vocational education skills of 56 PwDs;
  2. Professional orientation training courses were conducted.

Achieved results:

  1. In partnership with the vocational school “New Wave” in Kobuleti ten PwDs underwent a 200-hour vocational training course in either culinary arts, confectionery, woodwork, computer services, office programs, or web design;
  2. After completing the courses, beneficiaries participated in a job-related internship program in cooperation with the furniture company “Randy”, the social enterprise “Man in Action” and the hotels “Hilton” and “Euphoria”;
  3. Four beneficiaries found long-term employment.

Name: Promoting Vocational Education and Employment among People with Disabilities based on their Individual Skills

Implementation period: 05.2018 – 12.2018

Implementation area: Kutaisi

Donors /Partners: Kutaisi City Hall

Overall Budget: 25,000 GEL

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: 10,000 GEL

Objective: Promoting vocational education, employment and socio-economic integration of persons with disability

Target group(s): Job seekers with disabilities

Beneficiaries: Job seekers with disabilities who do not have access to state vocational education programs

Implemented activities:

  1. Update of database of people with disabilities;
  2. Update of database of representatives of public and private school administrations and persons responsible for inclusive education (special teachers, psychologists, inclusive education coordinators);
  3. Informing organizations working on the issues of persons with disabilities, public and vocational schools, vocational and higher education institutions, persons with disabilities, and other stakeholders about the project;
  4. Individual assessment, testing and interviews of project beneficiaries.

Achieved results:

  1. 30 persons with disabilities underwent vocational training and individual consultations;
  2. Vocational training program was implemented in four pre-selected professions (cook, hotel specialist, stylist, manicure specialist);
  3. Seven persons with disabilities were referred to the Vocational College “Iberia”;
  4. Six beneficiaries participated in the paid internship program of the LEPL Social Service Agency under the control of the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia;
  5. Four beneficiaries were employed.

Name: Educate, Employ, Advocate and Legislate for Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Implementation period: 2015-2017

Implementation area: Tbilisi, Imereti, Adjara, and Kakheti Region

Donors /Partners: European Union (EU), Telavi Education Development and Employment Center (TEDEC), Georgian Committee of the International Campaign to ban Landmines “Ottawa -98”, Public College “Gldani Vocational Training Center”, Kutaisi Public College, Kachreti Public College

Overall Budget: € 377 981

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: € 377 981

Objective: To promote education and employment of people with disabilities

Target group(s): Civic society organizations, entrepreneurs, vocational education providers, central and local government

Beneficiaries: Persons with disabilities living in Tbilisi, Imereti, Adjara and Kakheti region

Implemented activities:

  1. 195 beneficiaries received career orientation training;
  2. 210 employers attended trainings on ethical work standards, proper terminology, and how to manage and adapt the workplace for people with disabilities;
  3. Eight job fairs were held (two per region);
  4. 25 sessions of the Coordination-Consultative Council were held;
  5. 22 journalists were trained in proper coverage of the issues related to persons with disabilities
  6. A competition for journalists was organized;
  7. 24 TV and eight radio programs, as well as 26 newspaper articles, were prepared to reduce stigmatization of and discrimination against people with disabilities.

Achieved results:

  1. 719 employers and 622 job seekers were registered in the database;
  2. 128 people with disabilities were involved in internship programs;
  3. 129 beneficiaries were referred to a vocational college;
  4. 173 beneficiaries found employment;
  5. Four groups of the Coordination-Consultative Council have been established;
  6. Three documentaries on disability issues were produced.

Name: From Dependency to Self-Sufficiency Innovative,
Effective and Scalarable Livelihood Solutions for Georgia

Implementation period: 2015-2016

Implementation area: Mtsketa-Mtianeti (Akhalgori),
Imereti (Kutaisi, Tskaltubo), Samegrelo (Zugdidi, Poti), Adjara (Batumi)

Donors /Partners:

  1. European Union (EU)
  2. Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
  3. Charity Humanitarian Centre Abkhazeti (CHCA)

Overall Budget: 

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: 

Objective: Economic integration of IDP and host
communities (employment and self-employment) and support in creation of income
resources

Target group(s): IDPs, host communities, war veterans
by disability status

Beneficiaries: IDPs, host and war affected communities
and eco migrants

Achieved results:

  1. business incubator was established for IDP start-up
    businesses;
  2. 224 beneficiaries were registered for financial resource
    accessibility and implementation-development of business ideas;
  3. Local network of community organizations was established;
  4. Eight trainings were conducted with the participation of 130
    persons;
  5. 71 IDPs attended trainings on career planning, job seeking,
    employment and self-employment;
  6. 16 of them were employed;
  7. 6 new community groups were created to activate five Home
    Owners Partnerships;
  8. 16 persons were involved in internship programs;
  9. 63 grants of various categories were issued.

Name: Education and Employment pilot program to Advocate Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

Implementation period: 10.2013–08.2015

Implementation area: Kutaisi

Donors /Partners: European Union (EU), Latvia-Georgia Cooperation Fund

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: € 107 520

Objective: To create a sustainable model of employment and vocational training for persons with disabilities for a better their socio-economic integration.

Target group(s): Local government, private sector, educational institutions

Beneficiaries: Persons with Disabilities

Implemented activities:

  1. 155 people with disabilities were registered in the job seekers’ database;
  2. 140 entrepreneurs were registered in the potential employers’ database;
  3. 11 people with disabilities underwent a training course in computer engineering
  4. 44 people with disabilities underwent vocational training;
  5. 81 people with disabilities were assisted in CV and cover letter writing.

Achieved results:

  1. An Employment Center for Persons with Disabilities has been established;
  2. Four people underwent an internship;
  3. 17 people with disabilities graduated at the Public College “Iberia”;
  4. 66 persons with disabilities were employed in a long-term job.

Name: Employment and Self-Employment Project for IDP Youth living in Kutaisi

Implementation period: 05.2010-02.2011

Implementation area: Kutaisi, Tskaltubo

Donors /Partners: Civil Society Foundation

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $ 6 996

Objective: To support the role of entrepreneurs in the process of creating employment and self-employment opportunities for IDPs from Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region.

Target group(s): Entrepreneurs, local government, private sector

Beneficiaries: Internally displaced people aged 17 to 30

Conducted activities:

  1. 236 IDPs have improved their capacity and developed skills required in the modern job market;
  2. 100 entrepreneurs operating in the Imereti Region have increased their knowledge about methods of effective human resource management through trainings and consultations.

Achieved results:

  1. 29 people became employed in a long-term job;
  2. Seven people started and established their own business;
  3. An entrepreneurial network has been established to develop youth employment policies.

Name: Business Development Initiative

Implementation period: 2009-2011

Implementation area: Imereti Region

Donors/Partners: Mi-so Credo, World Vision Georgia

Objective: To support small and medium-sized agro-business start-ups especially those led by socially vulnerable and underprivileged people, and those who cannot access credit services offered by the bank and microfinance sector.

Target group (s): Private sector

Beneficiaries: Socially underprivileged youth, start-up entrepreneurs

Conducted activities: More than 450 young people underwent business training including consultation on business plan preparation.

Achieved results:

  1. 2 small-sized  businesses were established in Imereti;
  2. 103 business plans were funded;
  3. 20 representatives of local businesses received cheaper loans.

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