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    • 27 April 2018
      Cost and benefits of apprenticeships - ILO report on CBA of training in England


      Please find a new research report on “Apprenticeship training in England – a cost-effective model for firms?” by Prof. Dr. Stefan C. Wolter and Eva Joho of the ILO. The authors have used evidence from Germany, Switzerland and Austria to simulate the costs and benefits of an apprenticeship policy applied in an English context. In summary, this study analyses the question of whether an average English firm could expect a net benefit when training apprentices in a similar manner to Swiss firms but does not evaluate either current English apprenticeships or current policy measures.
       
      The five main conclusions that the study draw are the following:
       
      1.Net benefits for firms when training younger apprentices- The chances for firms of breaking even at the end of the training period of an apprenticeship are highest for three-year programs assuming that the apprentices are younger than 19 years, because minimum wages increase substantially afterwards in England. 
      2.Individual rates of return higher when younger.
      3.      Big firms could expect higher net benefits, whereas micro-companies may sometimes even face net costs in scenarios where the average firm can expect net benefits.
      4.Three occupations in the retail sector and the catering & hospitality sector (cooks, retail cashiers, and waiters) produce simulation outcomes that show difficulties for firms to break even. In the three cases, the skill premium observable today in the UK labour market is too low to guarantee favourable outcomes for firms and apprentices.
      5.Increases in the quality of training crucial that would improve the labour market outcomes of apprentices could be a necessity to secure talented applicants for the programs and thereby also reduce dropout rates.


    • 22 March 2018
      CEMETS Blog Post: Implementing VET Reforms
      The team from CEMETS conducted an extensive literature review on implementing VET reforms. The main conclusions are summarized in a blog post... [more]
    • 16 March 2018
      youth employment series: kick-off event & e-talks!

      the focal point e+i successfully launched the series on youth employment with it's kick-off event on the 15th of March 2018. Click here for a short summary and the presentations.

      Moreover, stay up to date regarding the following e-Talks! about different topics around youth employment. For more information, click here. We count on your contribution!


    • 16 March 2018
      Videos of the webinars on Local Economic Development in the SDC
      From 13 to 22 March, the e+i and DDLG Networks jointly hosted an e-consultation on Local Economic Development (LED). After three webinars in English, French and Spanish, Maja Rüegg und Marcus Jenal facilitated an e-discussion. The videos of the webinars are now published on the e+i Shareweb, a synthesis paper of the e-discussion will follow soon... [more on the PSD eDiscussion page]
    • 16 March 2018
      Kick-off event: E-Talk series on youth employment promotion
      40 participants at the SDC HQ in Bern and many more connected through live-streaming attended the Youth Employment Kick-off event on 15 March with presentations by Matthias Herr, Stefan Butscher and Roman Troxler. Four eTalks are planned in the coming months. All potential participants are invited to suggest further topics.... [more]
    • 16 March 2018
      Job Offer: SHA-Secondment Asian Development Bank - Disaster Risk Financing Consultant Pakistan

      The Divison Europe, Asia and Americas of the Humanitarian Aid of SDC is looking for a specialist in Disaster Risk Financing. The most important points are: Experience with disaster risk financing required, Duty station: Islamabad - Pakistan, Swiss or EU nationals can apply only. 

      See the detailed job description here. 

      Contact person for more information:

      Lotti Roth
      Field Ressources H
      lotti.roth@eda.admin.ch

      Outputs

      1. Inception Report covering;
      a) Road map and timeline for preparation of DRF strategy, development of instruments and
      deployment of one instrument on pilot basis.
      b) Revised ToRs for disaster risk financing consultants/firms, as relevant
      c) Initial scoping exercise capturing DRF activities completed, underway and planned by other
      stakeholders.
      d) Preliminary schedule of knowledge events (workshops) and related actions to support the
      establishment of an insurance culture in the country.

      2. Mid Term Progress Report covering;
      a) Review of DRF activities and implementation status progress under the NDRMF and
      contribution to wider efforts to strengthen the financial management of disaster risk in Pakistan.
      b) Legal framework of DRF in Pakistan, gap assessment and recommendations for improvement
      c) Revised road map, if required.
      d) Draft guidelines on post-disaster budget execution.

      3. Final Report covering;
      a) Detailed review of DRF progress and achievements, including related challenges and
      opportunities for further advancement.
      b) Recommendations, including road map, for the design and deployment of further DRF
      instruments and any additional DRF needs in support of the enhanced financial management
      of disaster risk in Pakistan.
      c) Final guidelines on post-disaster budget execution.

      Qualifications
      Education Requirements and Experience
      I. Master's degree in Insurance, Risk Management, Actuarial Sciences, Economics Management,
      ACII /FCII, Finance, Accounting, Statistics, Spatial Econometrics or other relevant fields of study
      with specific experience of risk insurance and re-insurance.
      II. The competent candidate should have a general experience of about 12-15years.
      III. The candidate should have to demonstrate proven relevant experience of about 8-10 years
      relevant to the assignment especially experience in the insurance, re-insurance sector,
      preferably in a large re-insurance companies e.g. Munich Re Swiss, Re or any other.
      IV. Must having track record of disaster related fiscal risk and the design of disaster risk financing
      solutions.
      V. Past experience of implementing similar projects in Asian countries and good understanding of
      disaster risk financing in Pakistan, would be an advantage.

      Start and duration
      As soon as possible for 1 year (extendable)
      Duty Station: Islamabad, Pakistan

    • 13 March 2018
      VET programme in Bolivia successfully completed

      From 2006 to 2017, the SDC contributed to the technical and vocational training in Bolivia. The program focused on the objective of improved access, relevance and quality of the vocational technical education and training. It offered trainees and students of vulnerable populations, in particular young people and women from rural and peri-urban areas, access to agricultural, industrial and service oriented vocational skills courses.


      In addition, the program targeted producers and workers who require additional training to improve their production and services. Especially in the beginning, most interventions took place in rural areas, but later various actions were also implemented in peri-urban areas.


      A total of 143 training centres were strengthened, 25’000 people graduated (54% women) and 77% of them were integrated into the labour market. The Program also had a national scope by supporting to the Plurinational System of Competence Certification (SPCC) of the Ministry of Education, which deconcentrated its services into 5 departments, developed more than 110 occupational standards and certified 36’000 workers.


      Further information about the project

      Documentation and products of the program are available on http://www.formaciontecnicabolivia.org (Spanish website). See the project's entry in our Portfolio Database here.

    • 12 March 2018
      The SDC supports Serbia to reform the VET system

      As first country in the region, Serbia has recently adopted a new Law on Dual Education. Inter alia, new profiles that are in line with European standards will be cerated in secondary schools .


      The SDC has already supported the development of a dual education program in the wood industry in Užice, through its Private Sector Development program.


      The SDC will remain committed to support the Government of Serbia to successfully implement the adopted Law on Dual Education through a new project with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. The project will include support to the regulatory framework, the introduction of the Monitoring & Evaluation and law promotion with continued advisory backstopping... [more].


      Further information about the project

      See the project's Portfolio Database entry here, visit the project's own website or watch a video about the project. More information about the collaboration of Austria, Germany and Switzerland to support dual VET in Serbia is provided here and here


      The photo is from the closing academy of the Education Caravan "The Spirit of Youth". Click here to enlarge it. 

    • 08 March 2018
      13 march webinars on Local Economic Development (LED)

      The Focal Points of the employment and income (e+i) and Democratisation, Decentralisation, and Local Governance (DDLG) Networks are happy to welcome you to the jointly organised e-consultation on Local Economic Development (LED) in SDC. Territorial approaches to economic development have become more important both from an employment and income and from a Local Governance perspective. Over the past few months, the Focal Point and backstopping team of the e+i Network have been working on a stock taking of projects with a territorial development focus (particularly LED projects) within and beyond SDC. The aim of the stock taking was to learn what the current trends are in LED and how LED can complement other PSD and VSD approaches like MSD/M4P, the strengthening of employability, or improving local governance efforts.

      Now we want to share the results of the stock taking with you and get your feedback. The e-consultation will kick off on 13 March with webinars in three languages (English, French, Spanish), presenting the stock-taking and a number of case studies from within SDC. Join the webinar in your preferred language and learn about LED approaches both from an economic development and a local governance perspective! open this link for the webinar

      Following the webinars, Maja Rüegg and Marcus Jenal of the e+i Network backstopping team will facilitate an e-discussion that will allow you to ask questions and contribute with your experiences with LED approaches. The e-discussion will run from 14 to 23 March and discuss questions that come out of the webinar as well as questions around the usefulness of LED approaches both from an economic development and a local governance perspective. If you have not received an invitation to the above webinars but would like to take part in the e-discussion, please write to Marcus Jenal mj@mesopartners.com so that he can subscribe you to the email list.

    • 06 March 2018
      How to build safe houses - a guide for masons

      On 15 January 2018, Practical Action published the book "How to build safer houses with confined masonry - A guide for masons" with the longstanding experience of the SHA members Tom Schacher, Nadia Carlevaro and Guillaume Roux-Fouillet.

      This SDC-financed guide focuses on ‘confined masonry’, a construction system consisting of masonry walls (built first) and horizontal and vertical reinforced concrete elements (poured in subsequently) that confine the masonry wall panels on all four sides. This method has been developed by practitioners rather than engineers and responds well to the technical and financial capacities of self-builders.

      This easy-to-read pocket guide combines detailed illustrations and images with clear instructions to address construction issues. The guide acts as an ideal companion for masons, construction workers, contractors, technicians, architects and students of architecture and civil engineering completing practical training on building sites. ‘This unique guide illustrates construction of low-rise confined masonry buildings in a simple and user-friendly manner, and is expected to be an invaluable resource for house owners and builders of confined masonry houses in earthquake prone regions of the world.’

    • 06 March 2018
      Employment Fund Nepal featured in Swiss Newspaper

      The SDC project "Employment Fund" in Nepal and its innovative approach have recently been featured in the Swiss Geman newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. You can read the article here (only available in German). According to a Worldbank survey, six month after the training more than 75% of the programme's participants have a salary which lifts them above the national poverty line. 


      Further information about the project
      See the project's entry in our Portfolio Database here or visit the project's website. The project also has special focus on gender issues in VSD. Read more about it here or watch this video.

    • 06 March 2018
      Out now: UNEVOC Bulletin 32 on ICTs in TVET

      The 32nd issue of the UNEVOC Bulletin focuses on ‘ICTs in TVET’ and presents a selection of UNESCO-UNEVOC’s activities that have contributed in this thematic area and our other engagements during the last quarter of 2017.

      Please note that this edition of the Bulletin is available in all six UN languages on the UNEVOC Website: http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/bulletin/

    • 12 February 2018
      CEMETS Blog Post: The tricky thing about NQFs
      National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs) are a very common type of VET reform. The blog post from the CEMETS team very briefly discusses some of the evidence—or lack thereof—for their hoped-for benefits and a few reasons they might help, or fail to do so. [more]
    • 03 January 2018
      Updated online introduction: Understanding and analysing VET systems

      Between Christmas and New Year's Eve we made the online version our introduction "Understanding and analysing VET systems"  - one of our key documents - more user friendly.

      We hope the online version of the introduction meets your learning habits. If not have a look at the videos on YouTube. You will find the links at the end of the chapters. Check out the online introduction here.

    • 27 December 2017
      Videos about the effectivness of the SDC employment projects in 2017

      The SDC produced five videos which explain on the basis of particular cases how its projects support employment. Watch all videos in English, French, Italien or German.

    • 21 December 2017
      Video from the Skills for Jobs (S4J) project in Albania
      Swisscontact produced a video about the Skills for jobs (S4J) project in Albania. 


      Further information about the project
      See the project's entry in our Portfolio Database here. The Technology Enhanced Learning component of the project was presentend in our TEL seminar.
    • 18 December 2017
      DCdVET's successful 2nd regional Workshop - West Africa

      Review

      DCdVET's successful second regional workshop

      Dual vocational education and training approaches in French Speaking Africa 

      From 29 November to 1 December 2017

       

      From the 29.11.2017 until the 1st of December 2017, the Donor Committee for dual Vocational Education (DCdVET) organized its second regional VSD workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – this time with focus on the West African region.

      With a total of 44 participants of DCdVET member organizations (ADA, BMZ, SDC, LED), their implementing partners etc. from more than 11 countries, the variety of perspectives and experiences from different contextual backgrounds offered a good platform for an exchange of lessons learned and best practices regarding dual vocational education and training development in French Speaking Africa. The field visits (LED / SDC projects), on the other hand, offered interesting, first-hand insights on the implementation of vocational skills development projects.

      By discussing the advantages and challenges of dual vocational education in international development cooperation and identifying synergies between members and their projects, the discussions were centered on (1) the role and  the engagement  of the private sector, (2) the potential of informal apprenticeships systems as starting points for dual VET; (3) the approaches aiming at rapid employment and labor market integration; and (4) the question on how dual elements could be applied to vocational education in the agriculture sector.

      We look back on very fruitful discussions and trust that exchanges will go on even after the workshop. More information on the DCdVET workshop  will follow shortly on https://www.dcdualvet.org/

       

      French version, translated with DeepL:

      Du 29.11.2017 au 1er décembre 2017, le Comité des bailleurs de fonds pour la formation professionnelle duale (DCdVET) a organisé son deuxième atelier régional VSD à Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - cette fois-ci axé sur la région ouest africaine.

       

      Avec un total de 44 participants représentant les organisations membres de la DCdVET (ADA, BMZ, SDC, LED), leurs partenaires de mise en œuvre, etc. de plus de 11 pays, la diversité des perspectives et des expériences de différents contextes a offert une bonne plate-forme pour un échange d'enseignements tirés et de bonnes pratiques en matière de développement de l'enseignement et de la formation professionnels doubles en Afrique francophone. Les visites sur le terrain (projets DEL / projets DDC), en revanche, ont fourni des informations intéressantes et de première main sur la mise en œuvre de projets de développement des compétences professionnelles.


      En examinant les avantages et les défis de la formation professionnelle duale dans la coopération internationale au développement et en identifiant les synergies entre les membres et leurs projets, les discussions ont été centrées sur (1) le rôle et l'engagement du secteur privé, (2) le potentiel des systèmes d'apprentissage informels comme point de départ de la formation professionnelle duale, (3) les approches visant à l'emploi rapide et à l'intégration sur le marché du travail, et (4) la question de savoir comment appliquer les éléments duels à la formation professionnelle dans le secteur agricole.


      Nous nous remémorons des discussions très fructueuses et nous espérons que les échanges se poursuivront même après l'atelier. De plus amples informations sur l'atelier DCdVET suivront prochainement sur https://www.dcdualvet.org/
       

       

      ​Participating organisations
      ADA (2), BMZ (Ambassade d'Allemagne) (1), CNPB (2), DCdVET  (1), SDC (17), Educo (1), GIZ (6), Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation (1), Independante (1), KEK-CDC Consultants (1), KfW (1), Solidar Suisse (1), Swisscontact (7), Terre des Hommes (2)

       

      ​Geographical working area of the participants
      ​Benin and Benin Regional (4), Burkina Faso (14), Guinea (3), Haiti (1), Mali (5), Mauritania (1), Niger (4), DR Congo/Grand Lakes Region (2), Switzerland (4), Chad (3), Togo (3)

       

    • 18 December 2017
      Global Education Monitoring Report (GEMR)

      In 2017, the second report in the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report series continues its assessment of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal on education (SDG4) and its 10 targets, as well as other related education targets in the SDG agenda.

      It also investigates accountability in education, analyzing how all relevant stakeholders can provide education more effectively, efficiently and equitably. The report examines different accountability mechanisms that are used to hold governments, schools, teachers, parents, the international community, and the private sector accountable for inclusive, equitable and quality education.

      By analysing which policies make accountability work or fail, and which external factors impact on their success, the 2017/8 GEM Report concludes with concrete recommendations that will help build stronger education Systems.

       Click here to download the Report! 

    • 13 December 2017
      DCdVET's successful second regional workshop in West Africa

      From the 29.11.2017 until the 1st of December 2017, the Donor Committee for dual Vocational Education (DCdVET) organized its second regional VSD workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – this time with focus on the West African region.

      With a total of 44 participants of DCdVET member organizations (ADA, BMZ, SDC, LED), their implementing partners etc. from more than 11 countries , the variety of perspectives and experiences from different contextual backgrounds offered a good platform for an exchange of lessons learned and best practices regarding dual vocational education and training development in French Speaking Africa. The field visits (LED / SDC projects), on the other hand, offered interesting, first-hand insights on the implementation of vocational skills development projects. [more]

    • 12 December 2017
      Newsletter: Interagency Group on TVET
      Check out the latest Newsletter (November 2017) of the interagency Group on technical and vocational education and Training (TVET) here.
    • 08 December 2017
      VPET Congress 2018: Registration is open
      From 6 to 8 June 2018, the 3rd International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training will be held in Winterthur, Switzerland, under the motto Skills for Employability and Careers. The main focus will be on the individual and career opportunities provided by VPET. If you would like to attend the congress, you can register here.
    • 07 December 2017
      ILO Toolkit for Quality Apprenticeships

      The Toolkit is a resource to improve the design and implementation of apprenticeship systems and programmes. It provides examples of good practice from ILO constituents around the world and guidance for policy-makers and practitioners.

       

      The Toolkit consists of two volumes: Guide for Policy Makers (Volume 1, this publication); and Guide for Practitioners (Volume II). This first volume, the Guide for Policy Makers, presents the defining features of the ILO approach to Quality Apprenticeship systems and aims to support policy-makers in their design and further development of these systems. The second volume, to be published later, focuses on the practicalities of developing Quality Apprenticeship programmes and is intended to enable practitioners to design, implement and monitor these programmes.

       

      You may download the Toolkit from the weblink below.

       

      http://www.skillsforemployment.org/KSP/en/Details/?dn=WCMSTEST4_194946

    • 07 December 2017
      Tapping the potential for rural youth

      Dear all,

       

      here comes a very interesting new Rural 21 publication (http://www.rural21.com/english/current-issue/ ) on the challenges and potentials for rural youth and their difficulties to find decent jobs.

       

      Particularly the first two articles ( “Time to Act” & “ Decent jobs for rural youth”) are very recommendable to read if you’re interested in this issue.

       

      Vol. 51 Nr. 3/2017: Tapping the potential of rural youth

       

      Given that today, two out of five economically active youth around the world are unemployed, or work, but live in poverty, and that alone in sub-Saharan Africa, the youth population is set to double, reaching more than 350 million by 2050, creating income and employment opportunities for these young people is certainly one of the areas in most urgent need of action. We demonstrate initiatives addressing these issues from a wide range of countries throughout the world, and let representatives of development co-operation, politics, the private sector and, last but not least, rural youth give their views.

      Focus

       

    • 05 December 2017
      Meet VSD experts at the SDC's international VSD event

      From 6 to 8 June 2018, the 3rd International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training will be held in Winterthur, Switzerland, under the motto Skills for Employability and Careers. The main focus will be on the individual and career opportunities provided by VPET. If you would like to attend the congress, you can register here.

      In the run up to the congress, on June 6, the SDC holds its biennial international VSD event. The event is a great possibility to learn more about the SDC's VSD strategy and its projects. In addition to the key notes and visits of companies that provide VET, you will also have plenty of timee to network with colleagues form all over the world. More than 70 experts, implementers, SDC staffers and ministers from 30 different countries participated in the last event. Invites will be sent out soon.

    • 04 December 2017
      New feature to easily share the results of your work!

      Our brand new tool allows you to share your news and documents within seconds with the whole e+i community. No matter if you want to announce a job opening, a call for tenders or the start of a new project: it will just take few clicks to publish it on our Shareweb. Go directly to the tool or a look a the tutorial below:

       
    • 31 October 2017
      NADEL: Registration for courses in 2018 is open
      For over 20 years, the NADEL Center for Development and Cooperation at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) has been offering specialized courses to professionals working in NGOs, bilateral organizations, international organizations, foundations, and the private sector. Further details about the program can be found here.
    • 12 October 2017
      New Videos: PSD and VSD projects in the Great Lakes region

      Check out the latest video interviews with beneficiaries of SDC Vocational Skills Development project PROMOST and its partner Private Sector Development project PROECCO. Both project are active in the Great Lakes region:

      o https://youtu.be/ccYZoQZF4ZA

      o https://youtu.be/8_m68OtoANA

      o https://youtu.be/zKu7RnuiBU8

      Learn more about the projects in our portfolio database (members only).

    • 23 September 2017
      Job Offer: Secretariate Donor Comittee for dual VET (DCdVET)

      The secretariat of the DCdVET is looking for a new colleague (60-80%), based in Zurich.

      For more Information, click here. (in German)  

    • 11 September 2017
      Youth and VSD: Summary of peer discussion is published

      During June, we invited the members of our VSD DGroup to share their experiences and good practice examples related to youth-specific approaches in the context of Vocational Skills Development (VSD) interventions. Hanjo Schild and Katharina Walker facilitated the discussion. 

      During two weeks, a lively discussion evolved in which more than 25 peers participated. More than twenty new colleagues subscribed to the VSD DGroup because they had heard of the ongoing discussion elsewhere. We are more than happy to be part of such a dedicated and helpful community: Thank you! Everything related to the discussion is available on the dedicated site.

    • 11 September 2017
      VSD – Where we stand and where we go: Project tools, thematic discussions and portfolio information

      First and foremost, we are proud to present you our brand new VSD project typology tool. The paper aims to help SDC operations to clearly define the approach and orientation of their VSD interventions, to select the right partners, and thus to manage their Project (Portfolio) in line with the relevant SDC strategies, the policy goals of partner countries, and professional standards.

      Second, we published our very first quantitative analysis of the SDC's VSD project portfolio. We heavily relied on our portfolio database for that. Thanks a lot to our community for keeping us posted about the projects.

      Third, we invited the authors of the book "Exportartikel Berufsbildung?" (Export Article VET?) to discuss their work. Over 100 people participated. Read a summary of the event here.

    • 11 September 2017
      The SDC joins forces with UN agencies to promote youth employment in Cambodia
      SDC is supporting the UN joint programme on Youth Employment in Cambodia. The phase 1 of the project is two years (01.09.2017 to 31.08.2019)  and SDC contributes USD 2 million to the total budget of USD 4.5 million. The programme will promote decent and productive employment opportunities for Cambodian youth, with strong focus on the employability of young job seekers through quality education and skills training, including life skills, entrepreneurship and volunteerism.
      Some photos of the launch event are posted on the facebook page of the SDC's team in the Mekong region. For more information about the project, we recommend this article on the website of the UN  mission in Cambodia
    • 11 September 2017
      Five brand new glossaries from the e+i Focal Point
      The e+i Focal Point has developed five glossaries with key terms for Private Sector Development (PSD), Financial Sector Development (FSD), Systemic Change (MSD/M4P), Vocational Skills Development (VSD) and Monitoring and Results Measurement (MRM). The documents will help us to understand each other better until we rely completely on intelligent algorithms like the DeepL Translator.
      Below we listed some of the highly used terms in the respective fields. Do you have the same understanding of the terms as we do? Feedback is highly appreciated.

      ​​​​​Do you know what these terms mean in your field?
      Local Ec​​​onomic Development Green Growth Institutions Blended Finance​​Dual VET​
      ​See the PSD glossary.​See the MSD glossary.​See the MRM glossary​.​See the FSD glossary.​See the VSD glossary.




    • 11 September 2017
      The SDC supports employment of Roma and persons with disabilities in Macedonia

      As part of the efforts to combat unemployment, the SDC has recently joined an ongoing UNDP programme on employment generation. The Swiss contribution is focused on vulnerable groups, primarily Roma and persons with disabilities, as they are disproportionally affected by high unemployment in Macedonia. This will be achieved by introducing appropriate active labour market measures, improving the capacities of responsible stakeholders to coordinate employment measures, and sensitizing and incentivising the private sector. The project contributes to ease the risk of vulnerable groups to fall into poverty, and enhances their social inclusion. 

      [Photo is from a previous project, copyright: UNDP]

    • 11 September 2017
      A new programme on vocational skills development in Macedonia
      A new programme on vocational skills development has been launched in Macedonia. It aims to address youth unemployment through supporting market relevant skills development by strengthening the engagement of the private sector. In this manner, the employability of vocational training graduates will be increased. The programme will cover the formal and the non-formal VSD, as well as policy development. Special attention will be paid to youth at risk of poverty and social exclusion, due to the lack of access to the labour market.
      The implementing partners – Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, together with the local subcontractor – the Macedonian Civic Education Centre, and the Macedonian Economic chamber as a strategic partner, are currently implementing the inception phase. The main phase is to start in March 2018.

      [Photo is from a previous project, copyright: Beat Schweizer]
    • 28 August 2017
      “Systemic Approach” for the training of water sector specialists in Uzbekistan

      The Swiss-Uzbek Skills Development Project (March 2015 until August 2018) contributes to further development of the VET system in Uzbekistan by introducing a systemic approach to cooperation among the Ministries responsible for the training, retraining and advanced training of specialists in the water sector.

      In addition, the project is an excellent expample of how the strategic orientations of the SDC's Education Strategy can be reflected in the project design.  At least three strategic orientations are adressed: "Education System Governance", "Quality and relevance" and "Sustainability, Cohesion and Resilience".

      The systemic approach to cooperation comprises all activities within the cycle process “Demand-Training-Job Placement”. The project also shows how VSD can contribute to the SDGs, in this case to the SDG 6 "Clean water and sanitation".

      Competences for cooperation of staff and managers of the Ministries involved have been developed in joint activities of the cycle process, especially while jointly developing tools for labor-market-needs analysis, new standards, curricula and further training programs, regulations for running of Regional Competence Centres.

      Read more about the project or access the e+i Portfolio Database for more information about the project [e+i members only].

    • 25 August 2017
      NEW: Project Typology Tool - Impact Areas of Vocational Skills Development (VSD)

      Vocational skills development (VSD) is a cornerstone of Swiss development cooperation. This paper aims to help SDC operations to clearly define the approach and orientation of their VSD interventions, to select the right partners, and thus to manage their project (Portfolio) in line with the relevant SDC strategies, the policy goals of Partner countries, and professional Standards. The paper also supports the formulation of realistic and plausible expectations predominantly regarding the outcomes and Impact of VSD Projects across time.

      For further Information, check out the 4-pager with the tool here.

    • 25 August 2017
      Call for Submission of Propoals: African Forum on Youth Skills & Enterprise in Digital Age
      Click here to see the Call for Submission of Presentation Proposals for the African Forum on Youth Skills & Enterprise in the Digital Age. Deadline for submitting a proposal is the 4th of September 2017. The Forum will take place on the 15th-16th November 2017 in Rabat, Morocco.
    • 24 August 2017
      Job offer: International Project Director at RisiAlbania - Youth Employment Initiative

      We are happy to announce the below Job advertisement for an International Project Director at RisiAlbania, which is a youth employment initiative. This Position is based in Tirana, capital City of Albania.

       For more Information, please click here.  

    • 03 July 2017
      Second national stakeholder conference regarding international cooperation in VPET: Register now
      The objective of the conference is to forster the coherence and coordination between federal agencies (SERI, SDC, SECO, directorate for political affairs, SEM and SFIVET). All stakeholders, that contribute actively to international cooperation in VPET or show interest for this field, are invited to participate. The conference will take place in Biel, 14 September  2017. Conference languages are german and french. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

      Click here for more information or if you want to register.
    • 27 June 2017
      Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET): Start of Implementation in 2018
      SET is a program aiming at fostering skills provision in order to increase youth opportunities to get to a gainful (self-) employment. It will contribute to improved access to agricultural skills, and increased relevance and quality of Vocational Skills Development (VSD). Switzerland plans to invest $24m over the next twelve years. We expect implementation to start during the first semester of 2018.
      The program’s intention is to address all levels (macro, meso and micro) of the skills development ecosystem. At macro level SET program aims at supporting the National Strategy for Skills Development. The focus will be on increased coordination among stakeholders and improved access to job market data. The meso level will be targeted through the capacity building of the leading national institution for trainers’ training, the Morogoro Vocational Teachers Training College. The micro level is represented by the targeted increased access to better skills in the agricultural sector. SET wants to tap on existing public and private training institutions and organizations outreach and assets by supporting them in tailoring new, shorter and all-inclusive trainings for youth that address the needs of the market. e+i members have access to more information about the project in the e+i Portfolio Database.
    • 26 June 2017
      Annual Development Cooperation Conference SDC-SECO: «VET creates prospects»
      A thousand people attended this year’s Annual Development Cooperation Conference which took place on Friday 23 June at the EPFL in Lausanne. In their speeches, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former Managing Director of the World Bank, underlined Switzerland’s valuable expertise in the field of vocational training (read the press release).
    • 20 June 2017
      Don’t miss the e-discussion on youth and VSD
      The e-discussion aims at exchanging experiences and good practice examples related to youth work and other approaches in the context of VSD interventions. The event will take place between 19-30 June 2017 on the DGroup platform of the e+i VSD community. We are looking forward to read your thoughts in the following languages: English, French and Spanish. You find everything you need to know here
    • 12 June 2017
      Samsung Technical School Video: We care for the girl

      Check out Samsung India's CSR initiative called "We care for the Girl", which empowers young women to go to technical school. Click here to watch the short film.


    • 08 June 2017
      VSD and PSD for mine victims and persons with disabilities in Colombia

      The team from Handicap International produced a short and worth reading paper about their approach to achieve socioeconomic  inclusion for victims of mine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) and persons with disabilities in the departments of Cauca, Nariño and Córdoba of Colombia.
      Both VSD and PSD elements are applied, and a participatory approach is practised. We are happy to distribute their work and would encourage other practitioners to share their experiences. Read the paper here.

    • 07 June 2017
      SDC strategy for Basic Education and Vocational Skills Development
      The very first SDC strategy covering both, Basic Education and Vocational Skills Development is launched. Representatives from SDC, SECO, the Swiss civil society and educationalists emphasize the relevance and timeliness of the strategy.  More guidance with regards to SDC program implementation for VSD projects will be given to HQ and Field staff during the e+i network meeting on 4 July. The meeting will be streamed live (more).
    • 07 June 2017
      Don’t miss the e-discussion on youth and VSD

      The e-discussion aims at exchanging experiences and good practice examples related to youth work and other approaches in the context of VSD interventions. The event will take place between 19-30 June 2017 on the DGroup platform of the e+i VSD community. We are looking forward to read your thoughts in the following languages: English, French and Spanish. You find everything you need to know here

    • 06 June 2017
      Order newest VSD books

      Click here to get to the order form for the book: Vocational and Professional Education and Training in Switzerland - Success factors and challenges for sustainable implementation abroad by Rudolf Strahm, Bruno Geiger, Cornelia Oertle, Erik Swars

      Click here to get to the order form for the book: Die Akademisierungsfalle - Warum wir nicht alle an die Uni müssen by Rudolf Strahm

    • 06 June 2017
      3rd International VPET Congress: Call for Proposals
      In this call for proposals all interested parties are invited to submit their presentation on a current topic in VPET, to be given at a congress workshop on Friday 8 June 2018. In general, these workshops will address the issue of how VPET can be made fit for the future in the light of structural change and shifts in values (i.a. digitalisation and pluralisation). The focus will be on the adaptability of training content (curricula), ensuring that the systems continue to equip apprentices appropriately for the labour market. The workshops will also look at instruments and approaches to making the system and its training opportunities more flexible in order to respond to the need for individual educational pathways and to foster lifelong learning in VPET. The workshops will take place on the morning of Friday 8 June and are repeated in the afternoon (10.30–12.30am and 2–4pm). To learn more about the topics, submission deadline et cetera, click here.
    • 02 June 2017
      Skills for Jobs introduces innovation in teaching and learning in Albania

      The Skills 4 Jobs project responds to the challenges of the Albanian vocational skills development (VSD) system:  low quality of VET courses, bad reputation, and both weak labour market orientation and private sector involvement. It promotes work-based learning, private sector cooperation and Swiss expertise. With its focus on vocational schools it complements other ongoing Swiss funded initiatives on policy level. In March, the project launched its new way of learning concept with an audience of more than 250 persons, including teachers, students, policy makers, international donors and partners. To read more about the event, click here.

    • 02 June 2017
      DC dVET: Information letter 2017
      In 2017 the Donor Committee for dual Vocational Education and Training (DC dVET) wants amongst others proactively promote the thematic exchange among its members in the countries of Western Balkans, the Republic of Moldova and South Caucasus as well as francophone countries of West Africa. The exchange includes a regional workshop in each of the regions, i.e. on the 27/28 June 2017 in Tirana (Albania) and in late November 2017 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). In addition, the DC dVET is conducting a study in cooperation with Prof. Dr. D. Euler (University of St. Gallen) that reveals the roles and responsibilities of the private sector in dual VET and illustrates concrete experiences of its members in development cooperation. For more information see Information Letter 2017 or the (DC dVET Website). 
    • 02 June 2017
      Winners FoBBIZ prize 2017
      During a ceremony on May 01, 2017 the first two winners of the FoBBIZ prize were announced. Both awarded projects are successful examples for innovative and sustainable approaches in the development cooperation for vocational skills development. Besides the recognition of their work, the winning projects will receive 5000 respectively 3000 Swiss francs for further investments. The five members of the jury stated unanimously that the competition for the prize was strong. The projects are awarded for distinctive qualities. One project is mainly focussed on the specific needs of professional education in a regional tourism sector a certain region, whereas the other project follows a broader approach to enable adolescents to live a self-reliant life. With its decision to award to projects with distinct approaches, the jury ​underlines the fact that a careful situation analysis automatically leads to different designs of VSD projects (more).
    • 31 May 2017
      DC dVET: Information letter 2017
      In 2017 the Donor Committee for dual Vocational Education and Training (DC dVET) wants amongst others proactively promote the thematic exchange among its members in the countries of Western Balkans, the Republic of Moldova and South Caucasus as well as francophone countries of West Africa. The exchange includes a regional workshop in each of the regions, i.e. on the 27/28 June 2017 in Tirana (Albania) and in late November 2017 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). In addition, the DC dVET is conducting a study in cooperation with Prof. Dr. D. Euler (University of St. Gallen) that reveals the roles and responsibilities of the private sector in dual VET and illustrates concrete experiences of its members in development cooperation. For more information see Information Letter 2017 or the DC dVET Website (www.dcdualvet.ch). 
    • 29 May 2017
      Register now for NADEL's autumn courses

      You can now register for NADEL's autumn courses. Find more information in the programme or visit directly NADEL's own website.

    • 16 May 2017
      Web Portal for Vocational Training Stakeholders in Africa

      The Pôle de Dakar of the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO) has launched a web portal for its Platform of Expertise in Vocational Training - Pefop: www.pefop.iiep.unesco.org

      As a space for information and knowledge exchange, the site is designed for vocational education stakeholders in Africa and offers multiple services, such as discover current developments of the African vocational education sector, access documentary resources dedicated to vocational education, share the tools of vocational education and promote good practices, and many more.

    • 08 May 2017
      End of the successful VSD programme in Romania

      Over the last two years Switzerland supported the initial and continuing education of organ builders and carpenters in Transylvania, Romania. The programme demonstrates how the cultural heritage can serve as basis for a comprehensive programme. Transylvania has the highest organ density in the world and some of the instruments are rarities. The programme helps to preserve that culutral and touristic highlight of the region.
      Inter alia, 400 hours of work based and 100 school based master classes were organised last year. A few graduates participated in mangament courses. Learn more about the programme in its annual report [german only].

    • 26 April 2017
      Philanthropy in Education: Series Announcement and Call for Papers for Inaugural Symposium
      The symposium series Philanthropy in Education: Global Trends, Regional Differences and Diverse Perspectives is a new initiative launched and co-sponsored by NORRAG, the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation and the Open Society Foundations. It seeks to facilitate greater understanding and collaboration between philanthropic organizations, national policymakers, representatives of international organizations and academics working in the field of education.
      The series consists of an inaugural symposium (held in Geneva, November 2017), six regional symposia (in Francophone Africa, India, People's Republic of China, North America, Anglophone Africa and Brazil), and a closing symposium (held in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, May 2019). 
      In addition to the overall symposium theme, the regional symposia will address topics that are relevant for the specific region. A Call for Papers will be issued a few months before each event in collaboration with the coorganizers and co-sponsors of the regional symposium. The deadline for abstract submissions for the inagural symposium in Geneva is 24 May 2017. Click here for more information.
    • 11 April 2017
      News from VSD project: The SDC Youth Employment Project (YEP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina
      The YEP has been selected as a success story among more than 250 participants from 40 countries covering 5 continents and will participate in the 13th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development. The Conference Brochure is available here where you can find a short description of all the projects.
    • 10 April 2017
      News form Mongolian VSD Project

      J. Enkhchimeg is breaking gender barriers and making history in an industry that has traditionally been dominated by men. The story is about one of the successful cases which refers back to the previous phase and links the second phase of the Mongolian VET project. Read the short story here.


    • 30 March 2017
      Video: Skills for life as humanitarian aid project in Kenyan refugee camp

      In the north of Kenya refugees in the camp and residents of the town Kakuma are taught professional skills to enable them to assure their livelihood. Young people between 15 and 25 are trained in farming, mechanics, bricklaying, waste management, blacksmithing or are developing skills in repairing computer equipment, sewing and hairdressing. FDFA produced a short video about the impact of the programme on the life of its participants and their families.

    • 22 March 2017
      SDC new Education strategy: Save the date

      SDC new Education strategy covering both basic education (BE) and vocational skills development (VSD) was approved by the SDC directorate in mid-February 2017. As mentioned in the Dispatch for international cooperation for 2017 to 2020, approved by the Swiss parliament, the engagement  in education (BE & VSD) will increase by 50% in comparison to the previous period (2013-2016). The Strategy provides orientation for its engagement in transition, development and humanitarian contexts. SDC’s Education Strategy develops how basic education and vocational skills development are interrelated and mutually reinforcing, without losing sight of the interconnection of VSD with labor market integration and economic development. It provides a modular framework allowing for adapted responses to partner countries contexts, needs and priorities. It contains 6 strategic orientations on 1) education systems governance, 2) quality and relevance, 3) inclusion and equity, 4) transition to work, 5) sustainability, cohesion and resilience and 6)  global and regional agenda.

      On  May 31, 2017 the SDC Education Strategy will officially be launched in Bern. At the ​launching event the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO will also present their new position paper on Skills Development in Economic Development Cooperation. Please save the date, more information coming soon!

    • 20 March 2017
      Skills4Jobs in Albania featured in "Stories from the field"

      The SDC funded project "Skills for Jobs Albania" was recently featured in Swisscontact's online magazine "Stories from the field". The programme supports Albania's new skills strategy and compromises three components: 

      - Improvement of the quality of formal and non-formal VSD in selected sectors, benefiting the private sector and increasing accessibility to women and youth.
      - Multi-Functional Centres establishing sustainable and innovative relations with the private sector.
      - Functionality at the provider level of inclusive labour market insertion facilities and instruments.

      Click here to learn more about the programme in general and what it has to do with the new female Zuckerbergs.

    • 13 March 2017
      Get your personal support. Free of charge, no administrative work

      It is a highly complex task to design and implement projects in the field of international development cooperation. This is one of the reasons why everyone who works in the field relies on useful resources and regular exchange with peers. Therefore, the Focal Point offers SDC e+i network members expert support for up to 8 hours. Learn more about this service here (we've even produced a short video for you).​​

    • 10 March 2017
      GIZ launched its new TVET Telegraph

      GIZ launched the new compact quarterly "TVET Telegraph". Each issue will focus on a certain topic, which is highly relevant for German VET cooperation. The current issue is dedicated to the topic of Skills Development in the Context of forced Displacement and Migration. Besides that, the team behind the newsletter will update you on recent publications and upcoming events (just like we do). To subscribe to the service, write an email to svbb@giz.de and indicate whether you prefer the englisch or german edition. Click here to read the first issue in german or english.



    • 01 March 2017
      r4d network launched two new VSD research projects

      The Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d) launched two new research projects in the field of VSD:

      - Linking Education and Labor Markets: Under what conditions can Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) improve the income of the youth?
      - The contribution of vocational skills development to inclusive industrial growth and transformation: An analysis of critical factors in 6 countries

      Both projects were selected during a two-stage process (read more he​re). Researchers should also have a look at the current third thematically open call​ for research projects.

    • 15 February 2017
      Skills Panorama: Inspiring your choices on skills and jobs in Europe
      Everyone interested in the recent development and the future of the labour market should check out CEDEFOP's website 'Skills Panorama'. The heart of the website is an easy-to-use data navigator which enables you to explore labour market and skills information compiled from various data sources. Besides this, the site lets you browse through plenty of occupational profiles and hosts a blog. Click here to explore it by yourself.



    • 07 February 2017
      Article on DCdVET meeting
      Donor Committee for dual Vocational Training and Education (DCdVET) meeting in Liechtenstein discussing future activities after launch in 2016. Read more in this article
    • 07 February 2017
      ILO ITC Academy

      This Academy is a unique learning, knowledge-exchange and networking opportunity for everyone who wants to make a difference in the area of skills development and TVET in developing and emerging economies. It is directed at policy makers, government officials, social partner representatives and other experts and practitioners working in national institutions and NGOs, but also at experts working at the regional and international level. Find more informations about the event here. Deadline for application is 20 March 2017.

      Dates: 8 - 19 May 2017

      Venue: Turin, Italy

    • 17 January 2017
      VSD: ToR project design consultant

      The SDC is looking for an international / regional and one national consultant to design the main phase of a VSD project related to migration in Bangladesh. Please click here for further information

      Please note that we are seeking this support from various agencies/individuals through a closed tender and will shortlist according to internal criteria.

       

    • 30 November 2016
      Film about VET programme participants in Georgia

      Have you ever wondered who the participants in SDCs VET programmes are and what they aspire? This short film presents you Medea and Giorgi, who are determined to take part in the economic life of their own village. To spread their story you can also share the film via FDFAs YouTube presence.

      Besides the individual stories, the film is also interesting from an analytical perspective as SDCs engagement in Georgia shows what VET interventions can achieve:
      ​- ​95% of vocational course graduates found employment in agriculture.
      ​-​ 200 new training modules and 8 educational programmes were introduced in vocational colleges. 
      - Work-based learing was introduced at 4 animal farms and 5 fruit growing farms.

      Due to these impressive numbers, SDC and UNDP decided to expand the programme. By 2018 10'000 farmers will benefit.​

    • 28 November 2016
      Face-to-Face meeting of the Western Balkan e+i practisioners

      From 20 - 23 September 2016 the Face-to-Face (F2F) meeting of the Western Balkan (WBA) e+i practitioners took place in Pristina Kosovo. 25 participants from the WBA cooperation offices, the SDC head office, representatives from other Eastern offices as well as selected implementation partners actively participated in it. This year’s topic was centred around Vocational Skills Development (VSD) and had the objective to learn about SDC’s VSD direction and get concrete ideas how VSD projects could reach out more to the private sector and excluded target groups with appropriate, efficient and effective models of collaboration and delivery mechanism. Read more about the F2F here or access the folder with selected presentations of the event.

    • 22 November 2016
      Advent, Advent...

      The focal point e+i has a special We+ihnachtszeit treat for you! Every day you get the chance to explore, learn, laugh or just relax until it is Christmas (=We+ihnachten).

      Make sure you don’t miss any stars to be opened and let us know in case you have questions or inputs.

      >> here <<

      Your e+i focalpoint.

    • 22 November 2016
      Videos: Launch DCdVET
      Please click here to watch the vidoes of the DCdVET launch in April 2016.
    • 31 October 2016
      Register now for the NADEL courses 2017

      NADELs course programme covers a wide range of relevant topis for practitioners in the field of e+i. Besides this, the courses are unique opportunity to engage with other peers, experts, policy makers, and in particular with the Swiss development cooperation community. The course programm, the registration forms, and more information about the admission requirements are available on NADEL's website​. 

      For professionals in the field of VET two courses are  especially ​​recommended:

      Registration for the spring semester 2017 starts on October 31, and for the autumn semester 2017 it starts on May 29, 2017.

    • 06 October 2016
      A summary of the FoBBIZ discussion on the dispatch on international cooperation of Switzerland is available

      Read the summary of the discussion on the dispatch on international cooperation of Switzerland 2017-2020 here (german only).

    • 22 September 2016
      e+i Shareweb: New, exciting feature – Smartsearch
      Finding relevant documents, project examples and interesting events has now become much easier and faster with the new Smartsearch available on the e+i Shareweb. Discover it here.
    • 16 September 2016
      SDC on Swiss national news: 10vor10

      SDC finances the Enhancing Youth Employment (EYE) project in Kosovo with the aim of increasing the employment opportunities for young women and men who graduate from Vocational Education and Training (VET) schools and universities. EYE helps facilitating their transition from school into the workforce. The project, implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and MDA, uses a systemic approach to the labour market and works in the VSD and in the PSD domain. The popular Swiss TV news show “10vor10” has recently broadcasted a 5-minutes clip (in German) about one of the interventions of the project, which collaborates with Kosovar media companies.  >> more

    • 14 September 2016
      Promoting and Supporting Inclusivity Through Skills Development for Tourism in Lao PDR

      [by Sonenaly Phetsiriseng - National Program Officer Employment & Skills Lao PDR] Switzerland and Luxembourg are joining hands for a new vocational education and skills development project in Lao PDR.  ‘Skills for Tourism’ will promote sustainable and inclusive growth of the tourism and hospitality sector in Lao PDR thereby contributing to poverty reduction. It is expected that graduates of improved and expanded tourism and hospitality skills development, in particular disadvantaged young people, will find gainful employment in tourism and hospitality. The project builds on previous and ongoing support for vocational education and skills development in Lao PDR, from both Switzerland and Luxembourg. Read more.

    • 13 September 2016
      FoBBIZ Prize for skills development projects and concepts

      The Swiss Forum for Skills Development and International Cooperation (FoBBIZ) annually awards a price for successful, innovative and sustainable international skills development projects and concepts.Particularly, the FoBBIZ Prize is intended to draw attention to ideas,experiences or outcomes in this field within an international context. The prize is awarded to concepts, projects or developments that can be implemented at different levels (i.e. at the education system level, the institutional level or in teaching-learning processes). Deadline for the submission of registration forms is 31st October. The monetary award for the first and second prize is CHF 5000 respectively CHF 3000. Read more here or visit the FoBBIZ page where you find background information and the registration forms in  french, german or english (right panel).​

    • 13 September 2016
      New Degree Programme: Transferring Elements of Swiss VET

      The Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training SFIVET offers a new programme for international VET decision makers, experts and other interested parties. The CAS programme will provide participants with a detailed understandingof the Swiss system​ of upper-secondary level vocational education and training as well as tertiary level professional education. Participants will bring their country/company-specific questions into the programme and elaborate on solutions for their own country. Read more about the programme here.

    • 18 July 2016
      Dual Vocational Education and Training as an Option in Development Cooperation

      The Final Report on the survey of experts by Matthias Jäger on behalf of the DCdVET:

      Dual Vocational Education and Training as an Option in Development Cooperation

      is online!

    • 30 June 2016
      Vocational Skills Development in the context of Violent Extremism – Technical Workshop

      On 16-17 March 2016 a technical workshop on vocational skills development (VSD) in the context of violent extremism took place in Geneva. It gathered high-level practitioners, policy-makers and researchers, who discussed the potential contribution of VSD to the prevention of violent extremism (PVE). The workshop focused on targeting youth 'at risk' and on finding the most promising approach and design of vocational skills programmes. It also tackled the question of transition from training to employment in order to assure stable social and labour market integration of young people 'at risk'. The workshop's results served as input to the international policy conference on the implementation of the UN Action Plan to Prevent Violent Extremism held on 7/8 April 2016 in Geneva. Please find more information here.

    • 30 June 2016
      ADB annual conference 2016 in Frankfurt

      The 49th annual conference's theme was „Cooperating for Sustainability" and attracted over 4.000 participants from government, international and multilateral institutions, academia, business and civil society and media. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German Development Minister Gerd Müller, ECB President MarioDraghi, Former Federal President Horst Köhler were among the participants. Please find more information here. To watch the conference video click here.

    • 30 June 2016
      2nd International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training

      ​The second edition of the International VPETCongress took place from June 20-22 2016. The theme to be explored by thisedition was «From Skills to Prosperity – Sharing Elements of Success». TheCongress offered the opportunity to share and learn from the experiences madein different education systems and development projects all over the world.Among others, the insights of two VSD projects in Bulgaria and Serbia supported by the SDC have been presented. Findall the presentations here.

    • 30 June 2016
      SDC Day on Swiss Vocational Education and Training System

      On June 20, prior to the 2nd international congresson Vocational and Professional Education and Training, SDC invited guests andpartners to get acquainted with the particularities of the 'dual system' ofSwiss Vocational Education and Training. In this setting, the SDC introducedits approach to Vocational Skills Development world-wide based on five guidingprinciples: embeddedness, access, relevance, quality and permeability. Pleasefind more information and all the presentations here.

    • 30 June 2016
      Mongolia

      here.

    • 30 June 2016
      Cambodia

      With the start to the first phase, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has  launched a 12-year Skills Development Programme (2016-2028) in Cambodia with a total budget of CHF 25 million. The overall objective of the programme is to increase the income and employment opportunities of disadvantaged young women and men in the northern provinces of Cambodia and to contribute to creating an inclusive, relevant and well-coordinated technical, vocational education and training (TVET) system nationwide. Starting on 01 July 2016, the first phase of the programme will run until 30 June 2020. Read more here.

    • 30 June 2016
      Donor Committee for dual Vocational Education and Training (DC dVET)

      ​We are very happy to inform or remind you that SDC together with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Liechtenstein Development Service (LED) has recently launched the Donor Committee for dual Vocational Education and Training (DC dVET). SDC as well as the three other members....  >> more

    • 27 April 2016
      VSD brochure

      The new broshure Vocational Skills Development: Key to Emplyment and Income is now available online and in print. Please click here to see the pdf document.

      ​This brochure illustrates the SDC's activities in the field of vocational education and training (VET). The first part gives a brief explanation of the Swiss dual VET system, then examples of projects in Nepal, Albania, Niger, Bangladesh and Honduras are used to illustrate where and what elements of the system are being implemented in partner countries.

    • 23 March 2016
      Colombia

      ​A regional SDC-workshop on vocational skills development (VSD) took place in Colombia in February 2016. It gathered heads of SDC's VSD projects in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the people responsible for this theme in Embassies/Cooperation Offices. The focus was on school-to-work transitions and on coordination with the private sector. Part of the workshop was held with SDC's gender regional network and addressed the interplays between gender and VSD/employment issues. Presentations and reports (in Spanish) are available here.

    • 23 March 2016
      Mongolia

      ​The Ministry of Labour of Mongolia awarded SDC as "The Best Partner Organisation in the Labour Sector", recognising its contribution into the development of the Vocation Education and Training sector in Mongolia. SDC is funding two projects in this sector: Vocational Education and Training Project and the Vocational Skills Development Project. The results of the projects have been recognised by the government and private sector. The new tools and methodologies have been approved by the stakeholders for nation-wide replication. In addition to the hard skills - technical competencies, the Mongolian youth need to build and strengthen the soft- life skills. SDC supports the Life-skills Education through its Youth Development Programme. The Life-skills trainings and channels to deliver it (including the VET schools) to the youth have been highly appreciated by the Ministry of Labour and the local labour offices in the regions. Other partners, such as GIZ and KOICA have been nominated for their long years contributions into the sector. The selection criteria were the significance of results, scope of contribution and innovation.

    • 21 March 2016
      Employment Fund "Skills for Reconstruction" - Building Back Better

      ​The earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015 affected about 5.4 million people, caused the destruction of 500,000 houses and the damage of 280.000 buildings. The Employment Fund is providing training for occupations relevant to reconstruction in six disaster-affected districts of Nepal. It has the aim of training 3,000 people in reconstruction relevant trades and focuses on the use of earthquake resilient techniques to rebuild 4,000 houses until the end of 2016. (re​​ad more​)

    • 21 March 2016
      Great Lakes Region

       Promoting Market Oriented Skills Training (PROMOST) is a 12 years program started in 2013 in the Western Province of Rwanda. The second phase will start in February 2016 and SDC intends to extend the project to Burundi and the DRC in the medium term. This project combines the building of Vocational Training Centers (VTC), the development of competency-based curricula and the reinforcement of local ownership by strengthening the partnership with and the involvement of the private sector. Read more here.

    • 21 March 2016
      Egypt

      The Embassy of Switzerland's Office for International Cooperation, in collaboration with WorldFish and CARE International, and in coordination with the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture, is launching a project titled Sustainable Transformation of Egypt's Aquaculture Market System (STREAMS), aimed at boosting production of inexpensive, nutritious and safe fish from sustainable aquaculture systems in Egypt. Press Release​

    • 21 March 2016
      Tunisia

      ​In January 2016, the 2nd phase of the project "Formation professionelle: modules pratiques pour renforcer l'employabilité des jeunes" was launched in Tunisia. The project, which is to run until the end of 2020 with a budget of CHF 9.6 Mio, focuses on the integration of young degree holders into the labour market, i.e. by providing them with practical working skills in so-called "entreprise d'entraînement". Unemployment, which is particularly high among young men and women who have completed higher education, has proven to be an important driver of social unrest and instability in Tunisia. The project builds on experiences from the first phase and contains a significant scaling up of these activities. It also includes innovative approaches, such as working with the private sector on creating a working environment that promotes the integration and valorization of young professionals within an organization. The implementing partner of the project is swisscontact.

    • 10 March 2016
      Webinar: New Ways of Learning – Integrating IT and social media in vocational skills development

      Have you ever wondered how we can use the internet and information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance the skills of unemployed youth and to create more job opportunitiesOr would you like to know how Facebook and other social media can be used to coach apprentices during work-plac​e based training?On 31 March 2016  two experienced experts presented in a webinar innovative ideas of SDC projects and other real life examples from Sub-Saharan Africa, Nepal and Albania on how IT and social media can be used in vocational training and education.

      Webinar contents

      Based on three cases, Urs Gröhbiel showed how ICT can support vocational training and work-based learning effectively. He concentrated on low threshold opportunities of using mobile devices to train unqualified workers in remote Nepalese villages, coach apprentices in Zimbabwe, and support midwives in training in rural South Africa. On this basis, he illustrated some typical challenges and success factors of ICT use in disadvantaged areas.

      Ridvan Aliu talked about how he established a platform for Massive Open Online Courses (What is a MOOC? Read more, or watch this video) to change the way we learn and get access to jobs and careers in the global labour market. He illustrated the importance of peer-learning in our connected world and presented the case of a MOOC in Albania that signed up over 47'000 students in just over a year.​

      Please find the webinar recording here (parts of the recording have to be re-recorded owing to unsufficient audio quality and will follow shortly).

      Additional webinar materialDocumentationPresentation of Urs GröhbielPresentation of Ridvan Aliu​, Q&A.

      The presenters

      Urs Gröhbiel (Dr. rer.pol.) is based in Basel as the director of the Swiss Network for Educational Innovation (SNBI) and founder of the learning.lab at the School of Business FHNW. His research focuses on the innovative use of mobile technologies for learning and problem solving in disadvantaged areas. He provides consultancy to governments and NGOs in the areas of eLearning management, strategic management, innovation, quality development and monitoring in education. He is responsible for international development and cooperation, and supports interdisciplinary research & development activities at FHNW.

       

      Ridvan Aliu (M.S. in Computer Science), originally from Kosovo and based in Seattle, USA, is the founder and CEO of EDUonGo​, a company that offers an eLearning platform to help anyone create online courses without the need of programming. He is the creator of ALMOOC, an initiative that offers free training to Albanian speaking countries and offers them employment opportunities on the global IT market.

      He is an enthusiast of Education Technology, and has previously worked as a Sr. Solution Architect for Microsoft, Amazon and Disney.​

      The webinar will be facilitated by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation. For queries, please contact Sonja Hofstetter, Adviser for Skills Development and Education, sonja.hofstetter@helvetas.org. ​

    • 04 February 2016
      Technical Workshop: Vocational Skills Development in the context of Violent Extremism - 16/17 March 2016 - Maison de la Paix, Geneva

      On 16-17 March 2016 a technical workshop on vocational skills development (VSD) in the context of violent extremism took place in Geneva. It gathered high-level practitioners, policy-makers and researchers, who discussed the potential contribution of VSD to the prevention of violent extremism (PVE). The workshop focused on targeting youth 'at risk' and on finding the most promising approach and design of vocational skills programmes. It also tackled the question of transition from training to employment in order to assure stable social and labour market integration of young people 'at risk'. The workshop's results served as input to the international policy conference on the implementation of the UN Action Plan to Prevent Violent Extremism held on 7/8 April 2016 in Geneva.

      Please find here the workshop programme and participation list

      Day 1, Setting the stage: The drivers of violent extremism – and can vocational skills development address them?

      Opening

      Roger Denzer, Head of the Staff of the Directorate and Member of the Directorate of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), opened the technical workshop by emphasising the importance of an improved understanding of the drivers of violent extremism, and how VSD can potentially address them. He confirmed that PVE is high on both the international agenda and the Swiss foreign policy agenda. Denzer explained that the SDC's main contribution to PVE is to tackle fragility and insecurity issues and strengthen good governance. According to Denzer, VSD is one instrument to address PVE. He affirmed that education, VSD and employment facilitation are within the SDC's priorities for the coming years. To date, the SDC facilitated several projects in West Africa, Western Balkans and Honduras promoting vocational skills trainings in fragile and conflict-affected regions with the goal to facilitate the integration of youth into the labour market and providing an alternative to the deceptive lure of radicalization. By this workshop, Denzer has wished to move the discussion forward and help to gain deeper understanding of the key elements to take into account in SDC's vocational skills activities.

      Find the opening speech here

       

      Keynote Speech: Preventing violent extremism: Defining the issues, tackling the problems

      Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Deputy Director and Academic Dean of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, highlighted in his speech the complexity of the subject matter and the lack of a common conception of PVE. PVE lacks a clear definition and clear boundaries from other fields, concepts and approaches. Given that radicalization is not a novel phenomenon, he raised the question of where today's extremism differs from earlier forms of violent extremism. According to him, extremism is a continuous multifaceted process, which is expanding, growing in complexity and density, and becoming more lethal. It needs to be understood universally. For those reasons, he pointed at our need of a refined policy thinking resulting in well-crafted operational planning and practices. He thinks a successful strategy for prevention should have an ownership at the grassroots level. The subsequent discussion focused on the need for a better understanding of the phenomenon by research and practice, the question of the goal of PVE programs and the difficulty of generalizing from other cases.

      To watch the Opening and Keynote Speech click here

       

      Panel discussion: What is the role of vocational skills development in preventing violent extremism and how can it best be implemented?

      The following panellists participated in the discussion:

      • Rudolf Batliner, Senior Scientist at NADEL, Centre for Development and Cooperation, ETH Zurich
      • Shannon Green, Director and Senior Fellow, Human Rights Initiative, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
      • Khalid Koser, Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)
      • Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Deputy Director and Academic Dean of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
      • Marc Probst, Executive Director of the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD)

      The panel discussion evolved around the potential and limits of VSD as a response to PVE, the form and design of vocational skills programmes as well as the complex issue of targeting. It quickly became apparent that the factors fostering violent extremism are multiple and complex, situated on the structural, societal and individual levels. Hence, the panel agreed that VSD cannot be the sole response to preventing violent extremism. Common ground was established on the importance of inclusive and holistic program approaches to tackle the issue of PVE and long-term engagement of donors. Following a comprehensive strategy, programmes should not be limited to technical trainings but also include personal development (e.g. life resilience and empowerment skills) and labour market integration measures. Moreover, programmes are thought to be most effective if developing from the local/communal and grass-root level.

      Find the panel discussion on video here



      Day 2, Designing effective programmes: Focusing on the right people and skills for preventing violent extremism 

      Keynote Speech: Challenges of violent extremism for education policy frameworks

      Michel Carton, Executive Director of the Network for international policies and cooperation in education and training (NORRAG) and Joost Monks, Managing Director of NORRAG, addressed the potential and limits of education and training policies to prevent violent extremism. In particular, they raised the question of the role of state and non-state actors. They also highlighted the importance of contextualising programs and policies. They especially called for further research in order to gain an improved understanding of violent extremism and the potential of education and training to address it.

      Find the keynote speech here

       

      Round table 1: Targeting: Which beneficiaries for PVE and poverty reduction? How to identify and reach out to them?

      First, Martine Zeuthen, Team Leader of the EU-funded Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism programme (STRIVE) at the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) shared her thoughts on identifying youth 'at risk' of radicalisation and recruitment based on her first-hand experiences of the STRIVE Horn of Africa Project in Kenya and Somalia. STRIVE is an attempt to identify youth 'at risk' and the criteria putting the 'violence-prone' youth at risk of being radicalized. These experiences show that radicalization is associated with a reduction of social networks in which young people are involved. The discussion following her presentation, however, showed how difficult it is to define such criteria and target groups while avoiding stigmatization and discrimination.

      Subsequently, Marc Probst, Executive Director of the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) shared in his presentation on "Targeting youth at risk for VSD: A synthesis of experiences from the Middle East, Africa and Asia" practice experiences of the SAD's highly inclusive and contextualized programme approach. His main argument claimed that VSD does not work in isolation of other educational initiatives. He particularly highlighted the importance of tailored trainings to various educational backgrounds exceeding technical trainings and time frames. This includes personal development trainings, coaching and mentoring and goes beyond traditional project cycles and programme completion deadlines. Bringing together trainees with different backgrounds, including people considered 'at risk', is a way of avoiding stigmatization and experimenting peaceful diversity. In the discussion, participants agreed on the importance of context and the resulting complexity of generalizing or scaling up context-specific programmes and approaches.



      Martine Zeuthen, RUSI: Identifying youth 'at risk' of radicalisation and recruitment – lessons from Somalia and Kenya

      Marc Probst, SAD:Targeting youth at risk for VSD: A synthesis of experiences from the Middle East, Africa and Asia



      Round table 2: Delivery: What kind of training and which skills are needed to improve young people's resilience and social cohesion?

      Tara Noronha, Senior Advisor on Youth Employment and Market Systems Development at Mercy Corps, presented a Mercy Corps VSD project for the Afghan youth and pointed at the need to be transparent about our success and failures to gain a better understanding of what works and what does not. She pointed at the need to design programmes in an explicit and youth-led manner. Her main lessons learnt were that programs need to provide more than jobs and have to be in balance with supply and demand. Gustavo Payan, Project Director, Education Development Center (EDC) underlined the importance of a holistic skills development approach for the youth 'at risk'. Hence, the EDC developed a skill curriculum to foster resilience of 'at risk' youth, among which vocational skills are just one of eight skill sets such as personal development, interpersonal communication, leadership, financial fitness, safety and health at work, worker and employer rights and responsibilities, introduction to entrepreneurship and work habits and conduct. Subsequently, Payan presented two youth projects in Kenya and Mali in which EDC applied their integrated model. 

      The subsequent discussion evolved around the effects of the increasing securitisation of development on education programs. Participants debated questions like what basic values and ethics in the whole security/VSD debate are, whether actors are honest about their intentions and what the role of the state in providing trainings is. In the discussion, three urgent needs were identified: 1) structural change of today's donor programming logic by longer timelines, 2) more donor flexibility, and 3) support to pilot-based approaches and inception phases of projects. Agreement was reached that trainings should go beyond technical skills but at best consist of a combination of VSD, life skills, socio-pedagogical support, youth work and urban development. 



      Tara Noronha, Mercy Corps:  Does youth employment build stability? Lessons from Afghanistan

      Gustavo Payan, EDC: Fostering resilience in at-risk youth through skills development: The EDC experience



      Round table 3: Integration: How can skills development programmes facilitate labour market integration and thereby societal integration of graduates?

      Annette Hoffmann, Research Fellow on private sector development and peace building at the Conflict Research Unit (CRU) of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael', indicated in her presentation on "Skills training and labor market integration as a violence reduction tool", that labor markets and skill trainings are highly affected by questions of access and power. She pointed at the complexity of comprehensive integration due to its different levels. By offering skills training and employment, programmes may lead to economic integration while political and societal integration are still not granted. Following, Rachel Awad, Associate Director, Employment, Silatech emphasized the need for integrated programmes in collaboration with employers and the private sector. She argued that focusing on entry-level jobs in particular would best increase the attractiveness of the youth for enterprises. 

      The discussion circled around the basic premises of the VSD/PVE nexus: the idea that education leads to critical thinking and that employment leads to decreasing radicalization proneness. The participants agreed that it is for these reasons that comprehensive approaches are needed, alongside more research testing these assumptions. 



      Annette Hoffmann, CRU: Skills training and labour market integration as a violence reduction tool: Pitfalls and success factors

      Rachel Awad, Silatech: Job creation and employment for Arab youth – the Silatech experience



      Wrapping up the workshop's findings 

      Wolfgang Schlegel, Managing Director of INBAS and moderator of the day, wrapped up the main insights of the discussions of the two days. He asserted the complexity, lack of definitions and unclear terminology that PVE implies. Regarding VSD, he determined that no "one-size-fits-it-all-solution" can be applied. Rather, development approaches including VSD and PVE have to be contextualized and target group specific. His conclusion of the first roundtable was that targeting is crucial but very difficult since it holds a lot of risk indicators and the challenge to avoid stigmatization and discrimination. Hence, he stressed that agreement about targeting should be local and community-driven. About delivery, he stated that VSD has to go beyond technical skills: it has to be completed by life skills, socio-pedagogical support, youth work, urban development etc. Furthermore, delivery has to go beyond labour market orientation but offering real prospects and potential attractive occupations, because otherwise, there is a major risk of raising expectations, which can, if they are not met, easily lead to frustration. On the issue of integration, support at the transition from learning to work is essential for successful integration. In addition, he highlighted the need of social integration alongside labour market integration. Finally, he wrapped up four main challenges: 1) the question of how to mainstream PVE specific approaches or whether to include it in the main education pathways, 2) the question of how to reconcile the different aspects of social inclusion, scale, systemic change and sustainability, 3) challenges regarding adequate time horizons and resources, 4) the difficulty of implementing such approaches in the framework of today's donor programming logic. 

       

      The way forward: Defining next steps

      Frédérique Weyer, on behalf of the Focal Point Employment & Income, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), provided the audience with an outlook on the next steps: The results of this workshop serve as a basis for the Workshop on Education, VSD and Labour Market Integration at 7/8 April Geneva Conference on the Implementation of the UN Action Plan on PVE. Furthermore, the results will be discussed internally in the SDC.

      Weyer found that the workshop's results generally confirm the SDC' approach. A holistic approach that goes beyond technical skills, ensuring relevance through a sound analysis of contexts and needs/demands of the target groups, and long-term engagement is already part of SDC's support in VSD. 

      VSD is one of SDC's instruments to address violent extremism. It needs to be linked with other issues on which SDC is already active: basic education and transition to work in the first place, but also fragility, governance and human rights. The new message on Development Cooperation to the Swiss Parliament will place emphasis on fragility. More funds for basic education and VSD are also foreseen. In addition, a new education strategy, that includes both basic education and VSD, will be launched at the end of 2016.  

      Please find the whole presentation including wrap-up and next steps here



    • 07 December 2015
      Rethinking Good Practices in Land and Water Management

      ​Why do watersheds matter when it comes to poor people’s livelihoods, their access to water or their protection from disasters and climate change? People living in watersheds know each other, they know their environment and their income depends on the watersheds.     50 development professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean, and from SDC Head Office, comprising five thematic knowledge networks, met for one week in Nicaragua to generate evidence on successful watershed management interventions. Read the 10 key messages at the beginning of the report! They will make a difference in your next project design. (English) >> Síntesis temàtica (Español)
        

    • 01 December 2015
      Niger

      Niger knows an apprenticeship system with practical learning at the workplace. In November, a ministerial delegation visited Switzerland in order to learn about the roles and shared responsibilities of the private sector, the cantonal and state authorities in Switzerland in the dual vocational education system. >>more

    • 01 December 2015
      Education Network

      Call for a backstopping to support the Education network and the monitoring of SDC's contribution to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

      see simap platform for details (search for "Education focal point", notice n°889801)

    • 01 December 2015
      Geogia/Eastern Europe and CIS

      Together with ILO, UDNP and World Bank, SDC has organized and chaired a regional conference on Jobs and Employment. The e+i network participated in this event and could present relevant and much welcomed results on private sector cooperation and labour market orientation based on discussions held within the network. for: Insights and results

    • 01 December 2015
      Croatia

      From 19 to 22 October, the Croatian minister Vedran Mornan visited Switzerland in order to gain a better understanding about the dual vocational education and training system, and especially the role of the private sector and private businesses. >> more

    • 01 December 2015
      Cambodia

      A VSD project has been tendered. see simap platform for details

    • 01 December 2015
      Bulgaria, Romania

      Mauro Dell'Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research andInnovation (SERI) paid working visits to Bulgaria and Romania to discuss topicson Vocational Education and Training and scientific collaboration. In Sofia, heopened together with the Bulgarian Minister of Education and Science the “TodorTanev”, the first dual vocational training course, which has been developed incollaboration with Swiss partners. >> More information in German and French

    • 01 December 2015
      Albania

      The new project on vocational skills development inAlbania, the “Skills for Job Project” has been awarded to a Swiss-Albanianconsortium including Swisscontact (Switzerland, Lead) and CommunicationProgress (Albania). The project will facilitate the development of quality VSDoffers by including dual approaches and new ways of learning, using moderntechnologies like smart phones and social media and applying a combination ofblended (individualised) learning and work-based learning approaches. Thepreparation phase is running since 1st of October 2015.

    • 30 November 2015
      Albania

      The Swiss Cooperation Albania project portfolio in the field of job creation has grown and consists now of four projects financed by SDC and SECO. To ensure coordination, information sharing, joint learning and potentially also to identify joint activities, a Coordination Platform on Job Creation was designed along the successful example in place in Kosovo. On 22 October the first Coordination Platform meeting took place to inform each other of the projects and to discuss the mechanism, objectives and frequency.

      >> more information on the projects

    • 06 September 2015
      Western Africa

      The «Association pour le Développement de l’Education en Afrique » (ADEA), which is supported by SDC, organizes a ministerial conference in October, 12-14 in Kigali with 28 countries on the subject investments in training-of-trainers and training for entrepreneurs. >Read more

    • 06 September 2015
      Serbia
      The Swiss Cooperation Office Belgrade announces an invitation to tender for the mandate ‘From Education to Employment (E2E): Youth Skills Development and Private-Public Partnership in Serbia’. >Read more
    • 06 September 2015
      Mongolia
      The TVET and technical occupations attract primarily young boys rather than girls. Therefore, the CVT project, which is co-financed by SDC, BMZ, and the Australian Government, is introducing the Girls Days with the aim to provide equal access and opportunities for boys and girls. >Read more
    • 06 September 2015
      Macedonia - Increasing Market Employability (IME)

      After the inception phase the SDC project “Increasing Market Employability (IME)” started the implementation phase in April 2015 that will last until end of March 2019. Based on various sector analyses, the tourism and hospitality, green economy and creative industries sectors were selected to apply the Market System Development (MSD) approach. IME is implemented by Swisscontact. >Read more

    • 06 September 2015
      Kosovo

      The State Secretary in the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yves Rossier, visited the newly opened Pristina Career Counselling Center (PCCC) at the Pristina Municipality on 26 May. The main role of the PCCC is to counsel graduates of seven Pristina based VET schools and link them with the private sector for internships and employment. This is an intervention of the “Enhancing Youth Employability (EYE) project implemented by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation (HIS) and Management Development Associate (MDA). >Read more

    • 06 September 2015
      Bangladesh

      SDC published the case study “Industry-led Apprenticeships: facilitating sector-wide horizontal collaboration for sustainable and demand-led skills development”. This study is based on the experiences of the Industry-led apprenticeship project, a multistakeholder initiative to enhance access to training and employment opportunities for the poor and disadvantaged in the footwear and leathergoods sector in Bangladesh. >Read more

    • 03 September 2015
      Mali

       

      The project “Programme d’Appui à la Formation Professionnelle” (PAFP4) implemented by Swisscontact, supports the development of a new system of information and career guidance. Six newly information areas welcome youth seeking information on their professional integration. >Read more in French

       

    • 29 August 2015
      About the Mongolian TVET sector's success story

      The project “Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the Western Regions of Mongolia (implemented by GFA Consulting Group on behalf of SDC) contributes to the better employability of young women and men through high-quality VET. Especially the successful design of a coherent me​thodology for the development of occupational standards and curricula impacted positively on the project’s successful development and positive perception amongst stakeholders. >Read more