11.05.2016 [News]

Azerbaijan joins Torino Process on Vocational Education and Training

The Torino Process was officially launched in Azerbaijan on 21 April 2016. The launch event brought together stakeholders from various ministries involved in and affected by the process as well as ETF staff.

‘The Torino Process is a policy analysis mechanism to better inform strategy development in vocational education,’ said Mr Famil Mustafayev, advisor to the Minister of Education.

Ms Nigar Ismayilzade, Head of the initial vocational education and training division and coordinator of the Torino Process, presented the main results from the last two rounds, stressing the importance of working towards more tangible results.

‘The Torino Process 2014 identified priorities that have been followed up and one of them was the creation of a body to better coordinate VET policy development, and the VET Agency was approved yesterday. For 2017 round of the Torino Process we look forward having very tangible results’, Ms Nigar Ismayilzade said.

The occasion was also an opportunity to announce the government's approval of a new VET Agency, which is the VET coordinating body within the Ministry of Education. The creation of the VET agency was one of the priorities which emerged from the 2014 round of the Torino Process.


The Torino Process was launched in 2010 to serve as the vehicle for the ETF to engage participating countries to improve VET. It is a bi-annual participatory analytical review of the status and progress of vocational education and training in the ETF partner countries. The objective of the Torino Process is twofold: to acquire up-to-date knowledge about the policies and their results in a country; and to strengthen the ownership, participation and evidence-base of policy making to improve the performance of policies.

The European Training Foundation is an agency of the European Union established to contribute to the development of the education and training systems of the EU partner countries. With an annual budget of EUR 18 million, its mission is to help transition and developing countries to harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labour market systems in the context of the EU's external relations policy.

Sources and further details: ETF and EU Neighbourhood Info Centre