Creating prospects

Promoting employment in Tunisia

Tunisia's economic situation is fraught and its unemployment rate high. Today almost one fifth of all women and a third of all university graduates in this North African country are out of work – in spite of the skills shortages bemoaned in many sectors. This difficult situation on the job market is driving people, and those from the country’s structurally underdeveloped regions in particular, up into the coastal cities in the North or straight overseas. In the hope of finding work in Europe, many of them undertake the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in cooperation with business and civil society, GIZ is assisting young people in Tunisia to build up their long-term career prospects. Work focuses on making those jobs with high employment potential more attractive and on aligning basic and further training with the needs of business and industry. It also promotes start-ups.

Training in the Textile Industry

One of these projects aims to train young people in textiles processing with the company Sartex. In the coastal region of Monastir, which is one of the most important sites in Tunisia’s textiles industry, a modern training centre has been set up with GIZ support. At the centre, which has qualified trainers and offers good working conditions, young people can learn the tools of the textile trade. Over 300 young Tunisians, some of whom come from extremely disadvantaged regions of the country, have been trained at the centre so far, improving their prospects in the process.

Training in drywall construction

One particular project involves vocational training in drywall construction, a technique that is not so well known here. Together with GIZ, the German company Knauf has set up a training centre in the economically underdeveloped region of Meknassy in a bid to offer young people new job prospects. Training here gives them the chance to stay in their home region and work in an upwardly mobile industry while at the same time fostering regional growth.

June 2017