Promoting demand-driven and inclusive vocational education and training (VET) and skills development

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:

  • applying evidence–based VET and labour market programming
  • operationalizing private sector involvement in VET and labour market activities, and
  • enhancing the inclusion of vulnerable groups in VET and formal and informal labour market activities.


  • Targeted short-term technical expertise and advice
  • Grant funding for initiatives that  promote inclusion of vulnerable groups in VET
  • Sharing best practice, methods and tools to encourage networking, dialogue and exchange of experiences

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Latest from the VET Toolbox


European Development Days, 5.06.2018

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. 


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On the picture, Wouter Van Damme, Team leader of the VET Toolbox, 

presenting the outline of the project to participants of the EDD.

Launch in Brussels, 18.04.2018

The VET Toolbox already started in


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:

  • Share good practices in the management of FPT centers in Brazil and Senegal
  • Diagnose current governance and management needs of Senegalese FPT institutions
  • Identify and define a strategy and support axes adapted to the Senegalese context
  • Propose an action plan and detailed accompanying activities
  • Exchange and analyze the possibility of establishing a lasting partnership between MFPAA and SENAI.

Partner institution

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:

  • enable key players in VET from 18 African countries to share their  experiences to strengthen the quality and performance of the public-private partnership in their sector
  • strengthen the dialogue between public and private sector actors 
  • stimulate the networking approach by sharing practical experiences
  • deepen the practical and functional understanding of crucial aspects of PPP development through sessions focused on current sub-themes for African countries engaged in the renovation of their vocational training system
  • produce a summary document.

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 :

  • Identify the main characteristics of an adequate environment for efficient and effective training centers
  • Strengthen their knowledge and skills in the management of training centers
  • Analyze the management problems of their own centers
  • Evaluate actions needed to achieve greater efficiency, efficiency and sustainability of their training centers

Partner institutions

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 will start soon in


The VET Toolbox, through British Council, in partnership with the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission, will:

  • Develop an apprenticeship handbook
  • Engaging employers with regards to the Apprenticeship Act 2018 and in apprenticeship schemes
  • Capacity building of TVET officials for effective implementation of apprenticeship laws
  • Increasing Industry- Institute linkages
  • Partner institution: National Vocational & Technical Training Commission



The VET Toolbox, through GIZ, in partnership with the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations, will:

  • Verify feasibility of different skills forecasting methods
  • Build capacity in curricula update in consultation with private sector
  • Introduce of CBET methodology in existing curricula, syllabi, and assessment and examination tools
  • Update of an engineering training programme
  • Advice on introduction of modular programmes


The VET Toolbox, through GIZ, in partnership with the EU delegation in Botswana, will:

  • Provide a labour market analysis on tourism and livestock
  • Advice on approaches and mechanisms for overseeing, guiding and strengthening the TVET sub-sector
  • Advice and guidance on mechanisms of consultation and participation of the private sector
  • Contribute to the 11th EDF programme (private sector involvement and active participation in TVET)