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 AquaProf II Project “Capacity Development for VET Providers in the Water and Sanitation Sector in Moldova”


Donor: Austrian Development Agency with funding from Austrian Development Cooperation




Timeframe: 2013 – 2016


Overall objective: 



Contribution to the VET reform in Moldova by securing better quality and more diversified VET services in WSS in Moldova and by developing capacities of 5 VET providers in supplying demand-driven initial and continuing vocational training for WSS-related occupations




Expected Result 1:



Building capacities of 4 VET schools, training for household plumber and electrician (WSS equipment), in modular curriculum implementation:


Undertaken activities


  • Organised and facilitated training sessions for the partner schools teaching staff;
  • Provided partner schools with up-to-date equipment;
  • Developed guidelines for modular curriculum implementation;
  • Implemented new modular curricula with 450 students;
  • Conducted skills assessment.


 Expected Result 2: 



Development and implementation of short-term training programmes for 210 adult workers in 2 occupations industrial plumber and operator of pumping installations and provision of Centre for Continuing Education, TUM with modern equipment


Undertaken activities


  • Selected priority WSS occupations/skill sets and target groups for training;
  • Analysed training needs and developed training programs;
  • Designed teaching/learning materials;
  • Developed assessment instruments and trained teaching staff to use and update the Test Item Database;
  • Procured equipment in line with training programs requirements;
  • Lobbied for training programs approval by MoEd;
  • Carried out gender-sensitive promotion campaign of the newly developed training services among WSS companies;
  • Organized conference on gender issues in WSS;
  • Implemented training courses;
  • Monitored training programs implementation and adjusted accordingly;
  • Trained assessors and implemented competence-based assessment of graduates;
  • Followed up employers’ satisfaction with graduates’ performance.



For more information about the Project, please access: http://aquaprof.ifcp.md/


IFCP developed Occupational Standards for International Labour Organization


During the months of May – December 2012 IFCP implemented a component within the frames of the project “Effective Governance of Labour Migration and Skills Dimension” administered by International Labour Organization (ILO). The project responds to a number of objectives of the EUROPEAID programme and namely: 1) fostering the links between migration and development; 2) promotion and capacity building for well-managed labour migration and 3) protection of migrant’s rights and prevention of exploitation and exclusion.

The IFCP’s task in this project was to: (i) pilot the Methodology, approved by the Government Decree nr. 952 from 16.12.201, regarding development and review of the occupational standards by developing4 occupational standards (2 for construction sector and 2 for agriculture); (ii) draft recommendations for attenuation of imperfections / constrains identified in Methodology as well as (iii) building capacities with national partners in the field of occupational development.

The foreseen activities were conducted in accordance with the Action Plan, developed by IFCP and in close collaboration with Sector Committee in construction and Sector Committee in Agriculture and Food Industry.

Project achievements

  • An informational seminar on occupational standards development with participation of about 15 members of Sector Committee was organised and held in may 2012. The participants were familiarized with practical aspects of the Methodology and with roles and responsibilities of all partners involved in the implementation process.
  • 4 occupational standards for: house painter, pastry chef, plumber and winegrower occupations were develop. Initially these standards were verified and validated by the sector committees and later-on submitted to the National Council for Occupational Standards and Assessment. On December 3, 2012 at the National Council meeting the submitted standards were reviewed and proposed for approval by the joint decree of Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family.
  • Based on the occupational standards development methodology piloting experience, IFCP in cooperation with Sector Committees drew up a number of recommendations for methodology improvement. The summarized recommendations refer to all 3 stages of the occupational standards development process and namely: occupational analysis, writing of standards and their verification / validation. The developed proposals were submitted to the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family as a joint document of the Sector Committees and IFCP to be analysed and integrated into the final version of the Methodology.

The Sector Committee members involved in the occupational standards development process qualified the worked out standards as a high quality product, at the same time promoting them for approval. Moreover, the Sector Committee in construction called for development of more standards for other sector related occupations. 


Actions to support ETF activities, within the Moldova-EU Partnership, in the areas of VET, education and business cooperation.




The Institute for development and Social Initiatives “IDIS Vitorul” implemented a project to support ETF activities in the Republic of Moldova in the following three areas:     



-          VET systems, VET policies, Education and Business cooperation   



-          Skills’ transparency under the Mobility Partnership   


-         Assistance on ETF missions to the Republic of Moldova.


The duration of the assignment:


Phase I: May 2010 – January 2011

Phase II: 2011 - 2012


IDIS Vitorul has subcontracted IFCP to provide expertise assistance to the implementation of the project activities. According to this assignment IFCP:    


1.      Compiled a Study on the Education and Business Cooperation (EBC) in the Republic of Moldova. For this activity IFCP cаme with expert contribution to the Education and Business Cooperation study in the Republic of Moldova. 


2.      Compiled a written overview of donors’ projects in the VET and labour market sector, in the Republic of Moldova. 


3.      Implemented a demand assessment in 2 economic sectors and the design of related VET quality supply at initial and continuous vocational education and training.   


4.      Implemented capacity building sessions on approaches and methodologies for implementing quality VET in the given sectors, including e.g. on skills’ needs assessment, occupational and educational standards, on public-private partnerships, on dialogue between schools and enterprises.   



For more Information regarding the ETF-IFCP project activities and achievements in 2011-2012, please access the Activity Report




Local expertise to support the Policy Dialogue Group and the Reference Group within the ETF project on the EU-Republic of Moldova Mobility Partnership. 


The European Training Foundation (ETF) has subcontracted IFCP to provide local expertise to support the Policy Dialogue Group and the Reference Group within the ETF project on the EU-Republic of Moldova Mobility Partnership, in the field of development and testing of occupational standards. 


ETF Moldova country project main objective:

achieve transparency of information on skills demanded on the labour market and on quality of skills provided by Moldovan migrants, as an important part of the success of the Mobility Partnership.   


ETF-IFCP assignment objectives:


  • support the work of the Reference Group and the Policy dialogue Group with expert know-how on methodologies for developing occupational standards and conduct skill needs analyses;


  • strengthen the Reference Group's capacity in applying the methodology e selected for developing occupational standards. 


Through this assignment IFCP:  


  • compiled the research and analysis of the state of the art in occupational standards development in the Republic of Moldova;  


  • provided technical expertise for developing, in cooperation with ETF and the Reference Group, an agreed structure and methodology for occupational standards development, taking into account both existing experiences and required adjustments; 


  • collected and analysed relevant labour market data including skills' needs, which are required for effective occupational analysis in two sectors (Agriculture and Construction); 


  • developed one priority occupational standard for Tractor Operator in Agricultural Production according to the new structure developed by the Republican Centre for VET Development;


  • occupational analysis for four priority occupations (2 per sector: Agriculture and Construction) based on the above labour market analysis.   




  • participation and contributions in six meetings of the Reference Group, held in Chisinau in the period April - December 2010; 


  • summary of the agreed structure and methodology for occupational standards; 


  • summary of content of 4 new occupational standards; 


  • a final report on the support provided to the Reference Group throughout the assignment.     


Duration of the assignment:


April - December 2010.  


SOMEC - Moldovan Occupational Standards, Assessment and Certification - project, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, was initiated at the joint request of the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Education of the Republic of Moldova. This project is jointly implemented by Institute for Vocational Training, Labour Market and Social Policy - INBAS GmbH and national NGO Professional Capacity Building Institute – IFCP.




A more demand-driven and flexible support system for the integration of all types of job seekers into the labour market.




  • develop occupational standards (OS) for the non-academic level with involvement of practitioners from different industrial fields;
  • build up and institutionalize a national system of assessment and certification of vocational competences.




1.      National capacity built in development of occupational standards, learning guides/modules and job aids, test instruments and assessment procedures of professional competences:


  • a core team - three experts trained and certified by the Center on Education for Employment,Ohio State UniversityUSA;
  • a pool of collaborators trained in occupational analysis (DACUM method) and test instruments development.

2. 8 OS developed for priority occupations WELDER, PASTRY COOK, PLASTERER, TEXTILE CUTTER, SEAMSTRESS, COOK, HOUSE PAINTER and TRACTOR OPERATOR and validated by 300 expert workers from 180 Moldovan companies and then coordinated with all relevant stakeholders (related ministries and affiliated structures, employers’ associations, trade unions). 

To access a draft of the Occupational Standard for Plasterer, click HERE


3. A National Council on Occupational Standards, Assessment and Certification (OSAC) has been established by Government decree in June 2008. The role of the Council is to steer the development of OS in Moldova, which after being approved by the Government will become mandatory for vocational curriculum development.

Assessment Instruments development work shop

4. 20 VET teachers and instructors and 20 highly qualified job practitioners were trained in test instruments development methods and assessment procedures; about 1100 theoretical and practical test instruments developed for 8 occupations and stored in the SOMEC database;


5. An electronic database was created for storage and management of test instruments in 3 languages –Romanian, Russian and English.


6. Pilot activities in the field of VET jointly implemented by the 3 partner projects – SOMEC/SDC, Hifab/SIDA, CONSEPT/LED, in order to demonstrate the applicability of all necessary components of a demand-driven VET system. Period of implementation: March 2008-August 2009.


SOMEC project contribution: 


Donation of equipment

  • development of OS for Plasterer occupation;
  • participation in the development of technical modules for the new curriculum;
  • equipment procurement for two VET pilot institutions to the total amount of 300 000 lei for Plasterer occupation
  • pilot assessment of professional competences of students. 




Ministry of Economy

Ministry of Education

Public Employment Service

Chamber of Commerce and Industry



  • VET school students/graduates;
  • Employers who support their employees in meeting new business and technological requirements;
  • Job practitioners with sound working experience, but no formal technical training, including migrants who acquired new competence abroad.




March 2006 – March 2010