A future in their own country: GIZ promotes training for Tunisian youth

26.07.2016 – Tunisia’s interior holds few prospects to attract young people. New training centres provide a reason to stay.

The economic and political situation in Tunisia has been tense for some time, particularly in the country’s interior, where unemployment is over 15 per cent. As a result, young people are leaving their homes in search of work – heading either to the coastal regions of the North African country or abroad. Many of them even embark on the hazardous journey to Europe across the Mediterranean.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH helps young people in structurally weak regions of Tunisia to access vocational training.

One example is the cooperation between GIZ and the German construction company Knauf. The two partners set up a training centre in the south of the country near Meknassy, where young people from the region can take a course in drywall construction. Once completed, the training programme offers good career prospects and also provides a boost to the economy in the region.

The project has had a significant impact: over 1,700 young Tunisians have taken part in the vocational training measures to date; 80 per cent of them have subsequently found employment. In addition, the project has given rise to 40 new companies. These alone have resulted in the creation of over 60 jobs.

Fewer people are leaving the country as a result of the improved opportunities: ‘If it hadn’t been for this training, I would have left for Europe and looked for work there,’ says Ramzy Ghabri, who is currently undergoing training at Knauf. Find out more in the video on our ‘Displacement and Migration’ microsite:

Vocational opportunities in Tunisia: training in drywall construction:

GIZ in Tunisia

GIZ has been present in Tunisia since 1975 and supports projects on democratisation, employment promotion, energy efficiency, water provision and environmental protection. A particular focus is placed on development in rural areas.