Vocational education for joiners and carpenters and foresters

Concept of teaching Curricula Teaching aids development Infrastructure and equipment

Promotion of vocational education in forestry and timber processing

Vocational training became also the focal point of KIRFOR since it appeared that no institutions prepare meso level professionals as well as qualified workers for the forest sector in Kyrgyzstan. And it should be pointed out that before KIRFOR intervention, preparation of the personnel (carpenters and joiners) for timber processing sector; continued utilization of old outdated training standards, which did not correspond to modern technologies and conditions of the market economy. KIRFOR project “Promotion of professional training in forestry and timber processing” was a response to the need to coop with those problems. On demand of the Department of the Primary Professional Education (DPPE) of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection KIRFOR initiated a joint project with the School for Architecture, Civil and Wood Engineering (SACWE) of Bern University for Applied Sciences.




First contacts between the stakeholders (Forest Department, DPPE, KIRFOR, SACWE and timber processing enterprises and Leskhozes) took part in 1999. During the year 2000 donors conducted analysis of both sectors and started planning the project. In 2001 a Concept of professional training for the sectors of timber processing and forestry was elaborated and approved by DPPE Collegiums.
In the course of that project SACWE was also assuming the fund rising and monitoring of the project activities, ongoing and progresses. The established Working Group envolving representatives of all the stakeholders elaborated a modular syllabus and training plan, selected five pilot professional lyceums located in the different regions of the country.
From 2002 after DPPE approval of experimental syllabus on the professions of “Joiner/Carpenter” and “Forester” the project entered its active phase.

Endorsed strategy of the project was grounded on the following four components:

  1. introduction of modular syllabus and training plans elaborated in a participatory way by the partners;
  2. development of adequate training manuals with the support of local experts and Swiss specialists;
  3. Accumulation of experience in five pilot professional lyceums and its dissemination in other vocational schools.

Scheme of the project development


Table of graduation and schools characteristics


Vocational schools location


foresters– (blue) VS #20, 67;
joiners– (green) VS #12, 4, 87