Strategic Alliance on Occupational training in Egypt (StAGS)

Project description

Title: Strategic Alliance on Occupational Training in Egypt
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Egypt
Partner: Siemens Energy in Egypt
Overall term: 2017 to 2024

Training on one of the machines in the EGT Academy


Egypt faces an unemployment rate of 10.3 per cent. With 900,000 young people entering the labour market every year, this number is growing. Another challenge in this field is that jobs are mainly offered to men. Female participation on the labour market stands at only 23 per cent. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the unemployment rate is likely to increase even further. Most experts agree that Egypt’s labour market lacks international participation and that the work force is not sufficiently trained. This draws the focus on the labour market and vacational and technical education in Egypt.

Training on one of the machines in the EGT Academy


An innovative public-private approach offers demand oriented education to train qualified technicians and engineers. The approach contributes to improve employability and employment.


Together with Siemens Energy and a public Egyptian vocational educational institute (Productivity & Vocational Training Department - PVTD) GIZ works to establish and operate an Egyptian German Technical Academy (EGTA). Apart from being a training provider EGTA will function as a role model, offering real life, hands on technical experience for employees, trainees, students, teachers, and in-company trainers. EGTA will provide training in the areas of renewable energy, automation, and digitalisation. Moreover, it will bring in international expertise.

The Egyptian German Technical Academy

  • offers a Train of Trainers (ToT) programme for technical disciplines.
  • offers a full suite of hands-on automation, Programming Logic and Control (PLC) and NX Siemens Software Computer Aided Design (CAD)/Computer Aided Manufacuring (CAM) and reverse engineering software training, which is highly sought after by many manufacturers.
  • is expected be the second largest Global Wind Organization (GWO) certified training facility for basic safety and wind turbine technicians training in Egypt, and for that matter, the Middle East.
  • will be the only facility in Egypt offering a female empowerment programme consisting of soft skills and technical training.

The Alliance is part of the GIZ cluster “Education and Sustainable Growth for Decent Jobs”, which remains one of the core areas of German-Egyptian cooperation.

Last update: October 2021

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