Employment is the key to development and inclusive growth. It generally leads to improved living conditions and reduces poverty. A main driver of employment is education, and particularly vocational education and training (VET), which equips people with skills that are on demand in the labour market. However, many of the VET systems in the developing world are inadequate. People trained through these existing VET systems do not acquire the right skills and competences due to several limiting factors, namely the lack of private sector involvement in the training and missing linkages to formal and informal businesses. Furthermore, the VET systems are often inaccessible to the most disadvantaged groups, including vulnerable individuals, youth and women, even though it is exactly these people that could benefit most from an education that increases employability.
Addressing these challenges requires clear priorities and particularly resources, which many countries do not have or are not capable of mobilising. As a response, the European Union decided to launch the VET Toolbox, a new international facility that provides partner countries with much needed expertise, tools on themes such as VET policy and reform, labour market intelligence, private sector engagement in VET, and inclusiveness of disadvantaged groups.
The VET Toolbox supports partner countries by strengthening their capacity to implement VET and labour market reforms that enhance labour market relevance and employability for all, particularly by:
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Focusing on inclusion of women and vulnerable groups, the VET Toolbox project was part of this twelfth edition of the European Development Days (EDD), aiming at bringing together the European Union's commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Organised by the European Commission, the EDD bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
More information on eudevdays.eu
On the picture, Wouter Van Damme, Team leader of the VET Toolbox,
presenting the outline of the project to participants of the EDD.
From 13 to 17 November 2017, the VET Toolbox, through LuxDev, explored needs in terms of governance and management of training institutions and organized training for managers of training centres.
During 5 days, participants worked to:
Ministry of Vocational Training, Apprenticeship and Crafts.
From 19 to 21 March 2018, the VET Toolbox, through LuxDev, participated in a regional seminar to exchange and strengthen public-private partnerships (PPP) in vocational education in Africa.
During 3 days, participants worked to:
More than 100 participants from 18 African countries were involved.
The regional seminar was a collaboration between LuxDev, PEFOP (IIPE Pole de Dakar) and IFFEF.
Pictures : ©VET Toolbox
From 20 to 24 November 2017, the VET Toolbox, through LuxDev, organized training for managers on management of training institutions.
During 5 days, participants worked to :
National Directorate of Vocational Training of the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training.
National Direction of Technical and Professional Education of the Ministry of National Education.
The VET Toolbox, through British Council, in partnership with the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission, will:
The VET Toolbox, through GIZ, in partnership with the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations, will:
The VET Toolbox, through GIZ, in partnership with the EU delegation in Botswana, will: