Trainees in Kosovo build a wall while others stand by and watch closely. © GIZ / Dirk Ostermeier

Building partnerships for fair and development-oriented vocational training and labour migration

Partnership Approaches for Development-oriented Vocational Training and Labour Migration (PAM)

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2019 to 2024

  • Products and expertise

    Economic development and employment

A female student works on a piece of equipment in a Vietnamese vocational school. © GIZ/Thomas Imo


The shortage of skilled workers is a challenge across the world. The United Nations 2030 Agenda and the UN’s Global Compact for Migration emphasise that vocational training and labour migration can drive economic, social and environmental development. It can raise the level of education through internationalisation, increase investment and diversification in the economy and create new opportunities and prospects for countries and people. There is enormous potential to be gained in the transfer of ideas, technologies and financial resources.

For regular vocational training and labour migration to be a success, however, challenges such as the recognition of professional qualifications, immigration management and integration need to be addressed on a transnational basis.


Strong partnerships between Germany and selected cooperation countries establish models for vocational training and labour migration. They help to train skilled workers for the future and to make regular migration fair.

Two women sit at laptops in a Nigerian innovation centre and discuss the task in hand. © GIZ / Thomas Imo


The project builds transnational partnerships between companies, public authorities, educational institutions and civil society in the cooperation country and in Germany. The partners jointly develop and implement new ideas for fair migration for trainees and skilled workers. This includes preparing potential migrants and providing them with comprehensive information. In addition, an exchange of knowledge takes place between the cooperation countries and Germany.

The partnerships enable everyone involved to gain advantages, for example by increasing the quality and attractiveness of vocational training, whereas disadvantages such as a brain drain are avoided.

Last update: July 2023

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