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The skills students learn in hospitality schools in Azerbaijan have not always matched job requirements in the tourism industry. This is an issue because tourism is one of the most important sectors of the Azerbaijan economy. If this market is to thrive, public bodies should listen to employers suggesting the industry needs young people with appropriate skills and education.  

In partnership with the British Council and the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education, UK based international consultancy People 1st, has been working to train teachers and improve teaching resources, enabling the creation of an apprenticeship scheme. The programme aims to provide vocational training in hospitality to students who will help meet demand in the tourism industry.

80 per cent of students who enrolled in the apprenticeship scheme so far have gained the skills required to be employed by luxury hotels. Following this success, People 1st has been involved in developing three new specialties in hospitality. The programme is now set to expand to vocational schools and luxury hotels in Baku and beyond. Find out more about the programme. 

This project is part of the British Council’s support of the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education's reforms of technical and vocational education and training, working in particular in the fields of employer engagement and curriculum planning.