In accordance with the Law on Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the relevant provisions of the "National Strategy for the Development of Education in the Republic of Azerbaijan", the main purposes of initial vocational and specialized secondary education are as follows:
- The preparation of the competency-based standards and curriculum for initial vocational and specialized secondary education in accordance with the requirements of society;
- In accordance with the requirements of the labor market, the provision of training of personnel and specialists, who have obtained initial vocational and specialized secondary education, on various professions, massive occupations and specialties in general secondary education and complete secondary education base;
- The establishment of modern-secured vocational-training centers and complexes;
Close cooperation is carried out with different organizations, non-governmental and international organizations in order to fulfill the obligations under the above-mentioned fields.
 
The main areas of activity in the field of initial vocational and specialized secondary education:
- The participation in the preparation of State Policy in the field of initial vocational and specialized secondary education and its implementation;
- Ensuring the implementation of the Laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Decrees and Orders of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Decisions and Orders of the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan Republic, the Orders and Decrees of the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic in the field of initial vocational and specialized secondary education;
- Managing the system of initial vocational and specialized secondary education and ensuring the functioning of the system;
- Determining the need for personnel, who have obtained initial vocational and specialized secondary education, and giving an order to the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan Republic in accordance with it;
- The preparation of drafts of normative legal documents and development programs in the field of initial vocational and specialized secondary education;
- Ensuring control over the organization, management and quality of educational process through monitoring.