RESULTS OF THE “ENGINE” PROJECT AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE ENGINEERING TRAINING INDUSTRY IN UZBEKISTAN.
The project was launched with the aim of improving the qualifications of engineers in the construction industry in Uzbekistan, implementing a certification system for engineers, and supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in new areas. This project has had a significant impact on the engineering industry in Uzbekistan, introducing a number of key aspects and benefits for the sector.
First and foremost, work was done to assess the industry’s needs. ENGINE identified problems related to the shortage of qualified specialists. Many professionals working in the water supply and sanitation industry lack sufficient qualifications or competencies in specific areas of this industry (technical, technological, financial, economic, environmental, regulatory, legal, and others). This hinders the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the growth of the private sector in the economy. Furthermore, there is a need to improve the education and certification of construction engineers to meet international standards and enhance their competitiveness in the region. The relatively weak organizational capabilities of associations of engineering SMEs representing the interests of small market players limit their potential in supporting and providing services, influencing policies in their favor, and assisting in the development of entrepreneurs’ professional skills.
One of the key outcomes of the project is the successful implementation of a pilot certification system for engineers. The project introduced new educational programs and courses tailored to current challenges and issues in the industry. This helped engineers expand their knowledge and skills, enhancing their professional expertise. The pilot project confirmed the need for the implementation of a certification system at the national level.
The project expanded the opportunities for engineers and private businesses, as certification and training helped them improve their qualifications and gain professional recognition, leading to new business opportunities. The partner association UZACE also intends to use the developed training programs for further commercialization, offering courses for engineers on a regular and paid basis.
Additionally, the project contributed to strengthening cooperation and collaboration within the industry. The activities organized as part of the project brought together various participants in the construction sector, fostering the creation of a community and a platform for exchanging ideas and working together. It should also be noted that ENGINE promoted the values of gender equality, creating equal opportunities for all and actively involving women engineers in the project, despite strong social and cultural stereotypes in the country.
In conclusion, the “ENGINE” project played an important role in improving the engineering industry in Uzbekistan, enhancing the qualifications of specialists, strengthening their professional recognition, and opening new opportunities for its development. Engineer certification and community building have been key elements in achieving these results.
The publication was prepared with the financial support of the European Union, within the framework of the project “Building the capacity of industry associations of engineering companies in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan” (Agreement No. ACA/2019/4120712).
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