Welcome to IFCP!


We are proud to be part of the educational reform in Moldova!

The Professional Capacity Building Institute (IFCP) contributes to the development of qualified labour force at local, regional and national levels via job analysis, development of on-job career guidance documents, development of instruments to assess professional competences, on-job employees` assessment etc.



    JOBS Moldova –  


    Job Orientation in Businesses and Schools




Beneficiary: Ministry of Education of the Republic of Moldova




Lottery Fund Canton of Zurich, Switzerland

Palatin Foundation, Basel, Switzerland 


Implementing Agency: Zurich University of Teacher Education, International Projects in Education (IPE)




Local partner: Professional Capacity Building Institute (IFCP)



Schools involved in the project:

Gymnasium „A. I. Cuza”, Balti

Lyceum „I. L. Caragiale”, Orhei

VET school no. 7, Chisinau



Duration: January 2016 – December 2017



To find more information about the Project click here or contact the local project manager, Ms. Gabriela Damian-Timosenco at e-mail address: damian-timosenco@ifcp.md



Final assessment of the students in partner schools



In the period June 14 to 28 2016, there have been held final evaluations of students from partner schools of the project,, Capacity development for VET providers in the water and sanitation sector in Moldova ", implemented by the Professional Capacity Building Institute of Moldova (IFCP) and funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

These are vocational school No.1 from Balti municipality, vocational school in the village of Corbu, district Donduseni and vocational school in the village of Alexandreni, district Singerei.

Two of these schools are preparing specialists Electrician for maintenance and repair of electrical equipment and one, Plumber for sanitary engineering.

The event is extremely important, since it is one of the main objectives of the project, namely enforcing of the assessment methods in vocational schools by applying electronic tools for verification of theoretical knowledge, thus strengthening the possibility of an objective assessment, reducing the human impact.

This is an innovation VET education system in the Republic of Moldova.

The evaluation takes place using an electronic platform for verification and scoring, designed and developed under the project, in which students' knowledge are valued at fair value.

The technical procedure was coordinated by IFCP experts who assisted school teachers, which conducted efficient assessment, and the main validation task for the exams had a special Committee established by the Ministry of Education.

It is the second year in a row when this method is used, so that the pilot evaluation took place last year at the vocational school No. 1 in Balti and was a great success 



 Photo exhibition with a strong environmental message


1st March 2016, in the House of Government officially was opened the photo exhibition WATER APOCALYPSE, with an slogan bold "Youth care ... How about you?", an initiative of the Professional Capacity Building Institute (IFCP) in the context of technical assistance AquaProf II " CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT FOR VET PROVIDERS IN THE WATER AND SANITATION SECTOR IN MOLDOVA" (2013-2016), funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).

The event takes place in the context of World Water Day, which is marked annually on 22nd March and is a part of the awareness campaign on of society regarding the environmentally alarming threshold of water basins and water bodies throughout the country.

To give dynamics event and to develop civic spirit and environmental awareness of young people today, 4 VET schools were involved, partner institutions of the project.

Totally, a total of 200 pictures were made with the aid of 21 students and IFCP team.

Young Photographers have focused their attention on the state of degrading water, capturing 10 images in large bodies of water (lakes, ponds and rivers) and 7 wells whose condition is critical.

Also on exhibition panels there are images with several hydraulic constructions that are in a bad condition and can have a very negative impact on the environment (artificial drains, sewage systems, waste water storage tanks etc.).

In addition to the approximately 600 dignitaries, civil servants and technical staff who work every day in public institutions of Government House, access to the exhibition is open to everyone who wishes to become familiar with the plight of waters, this natural resource so important for life and human wellbeing.

After 10 days at the House of Government, panels with photos will be placed on the ground floor of Urbanism and Architecture Faculty of the Technical University, where daily activate over 100 teachers and about 1200 to date and reduced frequency students of the institution.

In the third decade, the exhibition will be located at the Institute of Education Sciences, which counts about 110 employees and in those 10 days will attend continuing education courses 150 teachers from the country.

Finally, in the first 10 days of April, the exhibition will be located in the lobby of the Professional School No. 3 in Chisinau, where it operates 90 teachers including technical personnel and are studying about 500 students.

Thus, it is pleased that a total of about 2,700 people who activate every day in the institutions that host our exhibition have direct access to the photo gallery, but also we expect that number of interested visitors will increase permanently, considering the magnitude of the event and social message it conveys.




Monitoring visits at partner schools


During the period of February 5-11, 2016 The Professional Capacity Development Institute (IFCP) have carried out a series of monitoring visits to vocational schools, partners of the project “Capacity development for VET providers in the water and sanitation sector in Moldova” (2013-2016), financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and implemented by IFCP


Thus, the project team were visited vocational schools from cities of Balti, Rezina, Corbu Village (Donduşeni District) and Alexăndreni Village (Sîngerei district).


The main purpose of the visits was to monitor the level of the implementation of modular curriculum, the performance indicators, as well as the preparedness of students for successful graduation of educational institutions.


The monitoring procedure took place in three separate phases. The first step of monitoring visits was the direct talks with the heads of VET institutions in order to identify current educational issues facing schools at the administrative level, after which followed meeting with teachers and assisting to theoretical and practical classes.


Another aspect of the visit was related to the guidance of the teachers by the experts of IFCP team in order to provide technical and methodological support for the online assessment.


For that purpose, was undertaken a real time simulation of a theoretical assessment, in order to ensure that teachers are full trained for the final evaluation covering the period of May-June, 2016.


It should be mentioned, that teachers use new methods such as changing the paradigm of information dissemination, with main emphasis on the student's personality and guide them how to apply the knowledge he gained in practical activities.


Is to be welcomed the fact that teachers from partner schools begun to practice the method of exchange of experience by performing mutual working visits.


Therefore, after monitoring visits, vocational schools have committed to achieve independently repeated simulations of theoretical assessments to perfect their skills and enhance students' psychological comfort which are to be evaluated.



Call for Participation in the “Polluted Waters” photo exhibition


The YOUNG care. How about YOU?



On the occasion of the World and European Water Day (22 March), in the context of the awareness raising campaign, The Professional Capacity Building Institute (IFCP) launched an awareness social campaign aimed to prevent water pollution, called – WATER APOCALYPSE.

Campaign aims to raise public awareness about the real and stringent issues on environmental consideration, facing Moldova's water resources by building awareness among the whole society.

Water, as the main sours of existence is the precious national heritage that must be protected and exploit in a sustainable manner. The issues related to the negligent attitude to environmental protection and pollution of major water recourses of the country, not only lead to an imminent environmental disaster, but has a very serious impact directly and immediately on the welfare and health of citizens.

In this regard, The Professional Capacity Building Institute (IFCP) has proposed to collect photos that should capture images of degrading aspects of water basins throughout the country due to the negative impact of pollution.

To this end, by keeping our initiative will come to help us students from 4 vocational schools through the country. These schools are beneficiaries of the “Capacity development for VET providers in the water and sanitation sector in Moldova" project (2013-2016), funded by the Austrian Development Agency implemented by Professional Capacity Building Institute (IFCP). After completing the collection of images, we will organize a photo exhibition with the most suggestive pictures made by students. The exhibition will be held during the period of 1-30 March, 2016.

During the first decade, the exhibition will be hosted by public Institution, followed by being exposed at The Technical University of Moldova, Faculty of Urbanism and Architecture, and finally, the images well be exhibited in one of the vocational schools in Chisinau.

At the same time, we urge every citizen and civil society to join our action, and remit captured images which highlight water pollution in the Republic of Moldova to E-mail address office@ifcp.md, by indicating the author's name and the place where this picture was taken.


 Adult Training in Water and Sanitation – a Success Story


Moldova is a small country facing mass migration. Confronted with political instability, collapsing incomes, and rapidly rising unemployment, people began emigrating from Moldova on a large scale in the first half of the 1990s. Because hardly any opportunities are available for legal migration from this small state situated between the Ukraine and Romania, most of this emigration has been irregular.


Labour migration, the dominant feature of the country in the new century, has had serious political, economic, and social consequences. In fact, the future of the country in a large part depends on the role Moldova's migrants play in future development.


The country’s economy survives mainly due to high inflow of remittances.While it is hard to quantify the scale of these transfers, total (official and unofficial) remittances are estimated by some experts to be as high as twice the official GDP.


Denis Gavriliuc is a 24-year old young man that comes from a socially vulnerable family with 4 children, him being the eldest one that lives in the North of Moldova, Riscani region, Horodishte village. Their father abandoned them when they were still infants, whereas their mother migrated abroad in search for a job and better living, and left the 4 children in the care of the grandparents. After some time, their mother stopped any communication with home and any money transfer, for that matter. After having graduated general school in his home village, Denis took the desperate decision to migrate to Russia and find a job in the construction business in order to support his little brothers and sisters as well as his elderly grandparents. The situation being hopeless, he gave up further studies and left home to generate some income for his loved ones.

Denis worked for 5 years in the Russian illegal job market. Last year Denis was deported from Russia due to overstaying his temporary residence duration. This was not due to the young man’s careless attitude as it was related to travelling back home every 3 months to renew the Russian temporary residence permit and this required substantial funds – money that Denis would rather send to his family. Back home, Denis was considering different employment opportunities but with his restricted studies and no evidence from his Russian employer, he could not find anything that would cover the needs of his siblings and grandparents. Finally, using up his last savings, he decided to enrol in a short-term adult training course, initiated by the VET school Balti no. 1, which is geographically close to the village Denis lives in. VET school Balti no.1 as a project partner of AquaProf II was equipped with a modern workshop for plumbers and the teaching staff benefitted of an extensive Teacher Training program, therefore was encouraged and supported by the project team to initiate adult training courses (5 months) alongside the 2 and 3-year initial training programs for youngsters.

After graduation, Denis applied for a job in the Apa-Canal unit (water operator) from the municipality Balti and was immediately hired. After a 3 month-probation period, Denis was awarded a higher occupational level (he was promoted from apprentice to fully-fledged practitioner with a full-time 3-year contract) that guaranteed him decent wages and underlined his high competence in waterworks as well as served as evidence of his employer’s appreciation. Presently, Denis continues to work at Apa-Canal Balti and is happy for several reasons: living home, together with his family and being able to cater for them and himself is a blessing, but also he is relieved that he does not have to work for the shadow economy anymore.