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Development of a Competence-Based System of Vocational Qualifications in Cyprus -EN

The development of a Competence-Based System of Vocational Qualifications is a high priority objective for Cyprus. The Human Resource Development Authority is undertaking the establishment and operation of the System, which is based on Standards of Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), in two phases. The System provides the assessment and certification of the competence of a person to carry out a specific job on the basis of the SVQ, in real working or/and simulated conditions.

During the 1st phase of the implementation in the period 2006-2009, 5 SVQs at level 2 have been developed in the 3 priority economic sectors of Hotel and Catering (Waiter, Cook, Receptionist), Construction (Builder) and Retail Trade (Sales Person). Opportunities for access are provided to employees only. Until now a total of 203 certificates of vocational qualifications have been awarded, mainly to sales persons.

During the 2nd phase, which is co-financed by the European Social Fund and covers the period 2007 – 2013, the development of 72 new SVQs in priority occupations at various levels is envisaged and opportunities for access are expected to be provided to 6.000 candidates, employees, unemployed and inactive persons. The standards will cover a broader range of occupations in the economic sectors of Retail and Wholesale Trade, Automotive Repairs, Hotel and Catering, Construction, Manufacturing, in the themaic sectors of Systems and Networks of Communication/ Computers and Hairdressing as well as in the qualification of Instructor of Vocational Training.

Furthermore, specific studies will be conducted in order to examine how the System will incorporate the branches/specialisations of Technical and Vocational Schools, the Apprenticeship System and other initial vocational training programmes, as well as the validation/accreditation of formal, informal and non-formal learning.

The establishment and operation of the System of Vocational Qualifications is expected to have positive effects on the productivity of human resources, the reinforcement of lifelong learning and the mobility of the human resources of Cyprus all over Europe.




Further information:
George Siekkeris, Senior Human Resource Officer, Tel. 00357 22390363,

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Cyprus - Employment forecasts 2017-27 (4/2017)
Youth Board of Cyprus programmes for Active Youth and Youth Entrepreneurship Development (3/2017)
Cyprus: Accreditation and upgrading of the Post-Secondary Institutes of Vocational Education and Training (2/2017)
Adoption of the first National Youth Strategy for Cyprus (1/2017)
Vocational Skills Week Events in Cyprus (4/2016)
Reform and Upgrading of the Apprenticeship Scheme (New Modern Apprenticeship) of Cyprus (3/2016)
Identification of blue skill needs in the Cyprus economy 2016-26 (2/2016)
Reform of the Vocational Education and Training System of Cyprus (1/2016)
Evaluation of the Impact of the Schemes for Job Placement of Unemployed Young Persons for the Acquisition of Work Experience in Enterprises/Organisations implemented by the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (12/2015)
Employment forecasts in Cyprus 2014-2024 (4/2015)
Evaluation of the Impact of Activities of the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (12/2014)
Cyprus Lifelong Learning Strategy for the period 2014-2020 (9/2014)
Promoting Green Skills in the Cyprus Economy (2/2012)
Promoting Green Skills in the Cyprus Economy (1/2011)
Employment Forecasts in Cyprus 2010-2020
Development of a Competence-Based System of Vocational Qualifications in Cyprus
Training measures to reduce the effects of the economic crisis on the labour market of Cyprus
Completion of Projects Co-financed by the ESF
Good Practices of Community Initiative EQUAL in Cyprus (3/2008)
Strategy of the Operational Programme “Employment, Human Capital and Social Cohesion” 2007-2013 for Cyprus (3/2008)
Employment Forecasts in Cyprus 2008-2018
Elaboration of a Lifelong Learning Strategy for Cyprus 2007-2013 (1/2008)
Human Capital Development is at the Forefront of the New National Productivity Strategy for Cyprus (3/2007)
The thematic priority “Human Resources and Social Cohesion” features prominently in the NSRF 2007-2013 for Cyprus (2/2007)
Forecasts of Employment Needs for Nursing Staff in Cyprus 2005-2015 (3/2006)
Progress Towards the Development of a Life Long Learning Strategy for Cyprus (3/2006)
Highlights of Education and Training Priorities in the National Lisbon Programme for Cyprus (2/2006)
National Lisbon Programme of Cyprus (1/2006)
Launching Europass in Cyprus (1/2006)
Feasibility Workshop on European Skill Needs Forecasting (1/2006)
Presenting ReferNet in Cyprus (1/2006)
Employment Forecast Studies Cover Wide Spectrum (3/2005)
Education Reform Widely Debated (2/2005)
Employability and Opportunity in Cyprus? (1/2005)
Cyprus Contribution to the Enlargement Dossier (2004)
Training Actions Under the Single Programming Document of Cyprus for Objective 3 Human Resources (3/2004)
Preparing Cyprus for ReferNet (2/2004)
A Major Resource for a Small Economy (1/2004)
Boosting Vocational Training Capabilities (3/2003)


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