The registration will close on 14 June @ 14.00 hrs.

Location: Republic Event Space

Time and date: 15 June, two session of 3 groups running in parallel (11:30 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 17:30)

Working language: Georgian

The Expert-to-Expert talks will provide a platform for Georgian and German experts to exchange rich, technical insights and analyses of the latest global TVET trends and to explore approaches to streamlining TVET reform in the country.

The talks are structured in thematic groups that will run in parallel during each session. Each group brings together German and Georgian leaders from academia and practice. The contributing experts will explore and discuss the key aspects of the hottest topics in TVET today. Their insights will feed into dynamic group discussions with all attending participants on the specific topic and its relevance for Georgia.

Official Opening

by the German Ambassador, the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport and the Chair of the Committee of Education, Science and Culture of the Parliament of Georgia

11:00 – 11:20

Keynote Speakers

11:20 – 12:00

Session 1

12:30 – 14:00

Group A: New TVET skills for Georgia

The so-called fourth industrial revolution is rapidly reshaping economies and societies across the globe. Digitalisation, automation and the emerging new business models are redefining labour and skill needs, and Georgia can take a leadership position in these trends.

Group A will examine the role of TVET in delivering the skills for tomorrow’s economy, in advancing digitalisation, and in supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Expertise and insights from practice:

  • Prof. Dr. Tanja Mansfeld
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel Pittich
  • Clara Höltermann
  • Sarah Eilingsfeld
  • Christian Codreanu
  • Wilmar Diepgrond
  • Maka Makhatadze
  • Nikoloz Gogochuri
  • Nino Andriadze

Session 2

16:00 – 17:30

Group D: Engaging the private sector in the planning and implementation of TVET

The core aim of the TVET approach is to deliver a workforce that is skilled in the careers in high demand with companies and businesses across the country. In order for any scheme to succeed, open and effective public-private dialogues and joint coordination are essential.

Group D will examine the involvement of chambers and business associations in planning and quality assurance as well as public-private dialogue and coordination mechanisms.

Expertise and insights from practice:

  • Birgit Thomann
  • Michael Müller
  • Prof. Dr. Tanja Mansfeld
  • Bernhard Homann
  • Dr. Giorgi Vekua
  • Nikoloz Meskhishvili
  • Lela Maisuradze

Group B: Labour migration and internationalisation of TVET

International mobility of skilled workers is paramount in today’s globalised marketplace and features high on the agenda of the Georgian Government. Internationally recognised skills and intercultural professional competencies are crucial for building a competitive workforce.

Group B will take a closer look at the recognition of international TVET qualifications, compliance with EU and other international TVET standards, as well as international and circular labour migration.

Expertise and insights from practice:

  • Birgit Thomann
  • Sophia Grunert
  • Prof. Dr. Maria Marchwacka
  • Stefan Hummelsheim
  • Nino Berelidze
  • Ana Maisuradze
  • Natia Kvitsiani

Group E: Helping companies participate in dual TVET schemes

Effective company participation in TVET schemes ensures their success. Good in-company support stimulates trainee performance and contributions. Attaining a meaningful career through a TVET scheme provides strong impetus for the young in Georgia to explore this path.

Group E will explore working modalities between colleges and companies, training of in-company instructors, as well as quality assurance mechanisms for in-company trainings.

Expertise and insights from practice:

  • Katharina Jaik
  • Kurt Schmid
  • Dr. Pavel Utitz
  • Dietrich Hummert
  • Katharina Jaik
  • Tamar Zakarashvili
  • Nino Elbakidze
  • Giorgi Trapaidze

Group C: Non-formal TVET and adult education

Shifting economic and work realities dictate the need for continuous education and retraining in the desired, high-demand skills of the new marketplace. This is a particularly pressing need in transition economies, where many skilled workers have experienced long career breaks and bouts of unemployment, due to persistent structural challenges.

Group C will investigate schemes that facilitate lifelong learning, adult training and further training, and explore strategies for short-term courses.

Expertise and insights from practice:

  • Winfried Ellwanger
  • Monika Soddemann
  • Dr. Pavel Utitz
  • Anastasia Kitiashvili
  • Marika Zakareishvili
  • Tamar Samkharadze

Group F: Quality enhancement and certification procedures

Maintaining the highest quality in all aspects of the TVET system is paramount for both trainee career development and company performance. A high-quality workforce improves the bottom line of individual enterprises and elevates the competitiveness of the specific sector and the country as a whole.

Group F will take a closer look at international TVET quality standards and implications for Georgia, supervisory functions of the private sector, as well as quality management systems for schools and companies.

Expertise and insights from practice:

  • Sophia Grunert
  • Stefan Hummelsheim
  • Marcus Braun
  • Wilmar Diepgrond
  • Walter Falk
  • Tamar Kitiashvili
  • Kakhaber Eradze

We are pleased to welcome over 20 contributors from Germany, including internationally renowned TVET professors, private sector representatives from umbrella organisations, chambers, public sector officials and experts (Head of TVET department from Ministry of Education and Research, directors of TVET Schools), and numerous experts from specific TVET fields. They will be joined by representatives of Georgian ministries and public authorities (educational institutions, universities, vocational colleges), private sector (business membership organisations, sectorial associations, chambers, companies) as well as international cooperation counterparts.