Introducing work-based learning in higher education systems of Armenia and Moldova for better employability of graduates (WBL4JOB)

Project number 

Duration  36 months (2021-2024)
Grant  892 535 €  
Applicant (Coordinator)


French University of Armenia (UFAR)- Armenia
Gohar Ghalachyan –


Shirak State University after M. Nalbandyan (ShSU); Hovik Melkonyan – 

Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of RA (MESCS); Tatevik Gharibyan –

“Union of Banks of Armenia” NGO; Seyran Sargsyan –


EU partners




University of Strasbourg – France

University Lyon 3 Jean Moulin – France

IMC University of Applied Sciences KREMS – Austria

European Universities Continuing Education Network – EUCEN – Belgium

Other Partner
Trade Co-operative University of Moldova
Alecu Russo University
BC Moldinconbank SA
Ministry of Education of Republic of Moldova

Project Summary

WBL4JOB project aims to enhance partnership between enterprises and HEIs and to increase graduates’ employability through development and implementation of supporting policy, legal framework and generic, flexible Apprenticeships Higher Education Model (AHEM) with the ultimate aim of promoting the work-based learning (WBL) in Armenia and Moldova.

The following project outputs/outcomes are expected to be sustainable after the end of the Erasmus+ programme funding:
– Apprenticeship Policy and Implementation Toolkit,
– 52 trained staff on WBL/apprenticeship policies, schemes and tools,
– 60 trained teaching staff/mentors on apprenticeship-oriented teaching/learning,
– National Policy for implementation of WBL in HE systems,
– 2 AHEMs, including an undergraduate one year apprenticeship based programme “Specialized License in Banking and Insurance” (SLBI),
– Amendments to national legislations supporting apprenticeship,
– 4 equipped universities,
– Partnership agreements for activities after lifetime of the project.

The expected impact is foreseen on:

Institutional level: Implementation of new approaches of apprenticeship, teaching and administrative staff with increased and reinforced competences, relevance of improved education, strong links with enterprises for integrating created knowledge and experience-based learning, increased employability of graduates.

National level: reinforced HEIs and company partnership, the establishment of new promoted apprenticeship and WBL schemes, skills matching and better employability of university graduates.

Regional level: sparked Experience sharing, networking and promotion of mid and long-term cooperation between the involved partners.