A delegation from the Republic of Tajikistan led by Saodat Mutieva, the director of the Institute for Labor, Migration and Employment of the Republic of Tajikistan, visited the Bulgarian Industrial Association in order to gain experience in the field of vocational education and the link between professional and educational standards.

The meeting was attended by Vice Presidents of BIA Dimiter Brankov and Petar Denev, the Director of the Center for Vocational Training at BIA Daniela Simidchieva, Tomcho Tomov - Head of the Center for Competence Assessment at BIA and Teodora Borissova - Director of the Computer Training Center at BIA.

The Tajik delegation includes representatives of the Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Youth Policy, the Institute for Labor, Migration and Employment, the State Center for Adult Education, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, The Employers' Association of the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as other VET experts in Tajikistan.

Daniela Simidchieva presented the experience of BIA in the field of vocational training in nationally licensed programs and the opportunities that BIA provides to its members: vocational training as a part of a profession or acquiring degree of professional qualification; training for key competencies; training on healthy and safe working conditions; specific company training - project management, communication, team building, stress management and various soft skills on a market-based basis and others.

Strong interest has prompted the National Competence Assessment System - MyCompetence, which BIA has been developing for nearly six years. The system is a unique product for Bulgaria in the field of human resources development. It integrates professional standards, evaluation tools and ways of acquiring and developing competencies. To date, MyCompetence has over 200 000 users and over 2 million visits. The subscribers of the e-newsletter are almost 5000. More than 12 000 competency assessment tests have been done, more than 5000 are enrolled for e-trainings.

The visit to BIA ended the one-week visit of the Tajik delegation to Bulgaria, during which meetings were held with the leaders of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Employment Agency and the National Agency for Vocational Education and Training.

Date: 13.06.2019

Source: Bulgarian Industrial Association

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