Employment is 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). It equips people with skills that are in demand in the labour market. However, many of the VET systems in the developing world are not fit for purpose. People trained through these existing VET systems do not acquire the right skills and competences due to several limiting factors, particularly 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 disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. 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 launched the VET Toolbox. This new international facility provides partner countries with additional and punctual support to enhance or monitor planned or existent VET reform programmes. It wants to help these countries to realize their ambitions around the use of labour market intelligence, stimulating private sector engagement, and ensuring inclusiveness of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.
Five European development agencies participate in the VET Toolbox partnership: British Council, Enabel, GIZ, LuxDev and AfD. The delivery of the VET Toolbox services is realised by four of them: British Council, Enabel, GIZ and LuxDev.
We are co-funded by the European Commission (€ 15 million) and by the German Government (€ 500 000).