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!
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 RothField Ressources Hlotti.email@example.com
1. Inception Report covering;a) Road map and timeline for preparation of DRF strategy, development of instruments anddeployment of one instrument on pilot basis.b) Revised ToRs for disaster risk financing consultants/firms, as relevantc) Initial scoping exercise capturing DRF activities completed, underway and planned by otherstakeholders.d) Preliminary schedule of knowledge events (workshops) and related actions to support theestablishment 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 andcontribution 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 improvementc) 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 andopportunities for further advancement.b) Recommendations, including road map, for the design and deployment of further DRFinstruments and any additional DRF needs in support of the enhanced financial managementof disaster risk in Pakistan.c) Final guidelines on post-disaster budget execution.
QualificationsEducation Requirements and ExperienceI. Master's degree in Insurance, Risk Management, Actuarial Sciences, Economics Management,ACII /FCII, Finance, Accounting, Statistics, Spatial Econometrics or other relevant fields of studywith 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 yearsrelevant 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 financingsolutions.V. Past experience of implementing similar projects in Asian countries and good understanding ofdisaster risk financing in Pakistan, would be an advantage.
Start and durationAs soon as possible for 1 year (extendable)Duty Station: Islamabad, Pakistan
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.
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].
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so that he can subscribe you to the email list.
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 projectSee 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.
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.
that this edition of the Bulletin is available in all six UN languages on the
UNEVOC Website: http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/bulletin/
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.
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.
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/
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.
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]
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
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.
download the Toolkit from the weblink below.
here comes a very interesting new Rural 21 publication
) 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.
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.
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:
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:
Learn more about the projects in our portfolio database (members only).
The secretariat of the DCdVET is looking for a new colleague (60-80%), based in Zurich.
For more Information, click here. (in German)
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.
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.
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]
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
You can now register for NADEL's autumn courses. Find more information in the programme or visit directly NADEL's own website.
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.
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].
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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 email@example.com and indicate whether you prefer the englisch or german edition. Click here to read the first issue in german or english.
The Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d) launched two new research projects in the field of VSD:
Both projects were selected during a two-stage process (read more here). Researchers should also have a look at the current third thematically open call for research projects.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Your e+i focalpoint.
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:
M4P – Making Markets Work for the Poor (27.03. – 31.03.2017)
VET between Poverty Alleviation and Economic Development is (24.04. - 28.04.2017)
Registration for the spring semester 2017 starts on October 31, and for the autumn semester 2017 it starts on May 29, 2017.
Read the summary of the discussion on the dispatch on international cooperation of Switzerland 2017-2020 here (german only).
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
[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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. (read more)
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.
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
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.
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 opportunities? Or would you like to know how Facebook and other social media can be used to coach apprentices during work-place 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.
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 material: Documentation, Presentation of Urs Gröhbiel, Presentation of Ridvan Aliu, Q&A.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
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:
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 KenyaMarc Probst, SAD:Targeting youth at risk for VSD: A synthesis of experiences from the Middle East, Africa and Asia
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 AfghanistanGustavo Payan, EDC: Fostering resilience in at-risk youth through skills development: The EDC experience
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 factorsRachel Awad, Silatech: Job creation and employment for Arab youth – the Silatech experience
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
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)
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
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",
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
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
A VSD project has been tendered. see simap platform
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 methodology for the development of occupational standards and curricula impacted positively on the project’s successful development and positive perception amongst stakeholders. >Read more