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Liudmyla ROSTETSKA

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Cherkasy

Deputy director of the Cherkasy Higher Vocational School of Construction Technologies, Cherkasy

Quality educationGender EqualityDecent Work and Economic Growth

Despite growing market demand for skilled workers, Vocational Education and Training is still not considered among the attractive options for young people to get education.

Switzerland supports plumbing education in Ukraine since 2014: over 2000 graduates from 25 schools have received a plumber profession based on new curriculum and professional standards.

To become a plumber means to start a prospective career, one that is in high demand and quite well-paid. It is one of the essential jobs that one is in need of nowadays. As well as one is in need of carpenters, masons and electricians. Our school is the only one in the region that offers a complete and modern training. We work with well-known companies and international partners. We regularly host speakers and trainers who hold seminars and masterclasses. We also benefit from supplies of educational books and learning equipment that is up to date. A few decades ago, all water pipes were made of metal and form-changing over time.

Our school is the only one in the region that offers a complete and modern vocational training.

Liudmyla ROSTETSKA

Now we work with flexible materials such as polypropylene and polyethylene. These materials are meant to last a hundred years at least. It gives value to the work. This is what we explain to our students and to their parents. Our students are also entitled to get scholarships, which is all the more important since we recruit youngsters from the countryside and socially disadvantaged areas. They often do not have access to any higher education. Our school provides them with a chance to build some essential skills and to quickly find some opportunities on the labor market.

#StandWithUkraine

Since 24th February 2022 Wartime and hostilities on the territory of Ukraine forced us to adapt the work of our educational institution. For example, internally displaced persons have found shelter in our student dormitory. We arranged for them appropriate living conditions and food. Besides, in the framework of the Ukrainian-Swiss project "Public-Private Partnership for Improving Sanitary Education in Ukraine", we have launched the plumber’s first aid courses. It is free of charge. In times of war, calling a plumber can be problematic, so one should learn to do some basic repairs, such as plugging in a washing machine or a boiler. We also teach how to quickly fix a water supply issue. We are currently in the process of signing cooperation agreements with the Cherkasy State Technological University and the Slaviansk Energy Engineering College, which relocated to Cherkasy because of war. These higher education institutions train specialists in domains that are currently important for the reconstruction of Ukraine. That is electricity infrastructure and equipment, construction, civil engineering, chemical technology, ecology, geodesy and land management, forestry and others. In the near future, our students and school staff will be involved in the construction of housing estates for internally displaced persons and production facilities for relocated businesses. LET'S REBUILD UKRAINE TOGETHER!

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