Skills development for the new world of work through inclusive vocational education and training

Programme description

Title: Project Technical and Vocational Education and Training
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Supraregional
Lead executing agency: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Overall term: 2021 to 2023



Inclusive, high-quality technical and vocational education and training (TVET) that is aligned with the needs of the labour market increases employability and promotes political and social participation. Moreover, the availability of skilled workers is vital for a country’s sustainable economic development.

The TVET systems of many German development cooperation partner countries have  deficient links to the needs of the labour market. Often these countries also face a lack of qualified vocational teachers and infrastructure. In addition, in many countries TVET has a poor image. At the same time, it needs to respond more effectively to the challenges posed by climate change, refugee and migration movements, and the rapid digitalisation of many sectors of the economy.


The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has enhanced strategies and approaches to qualify people for the new world of work through inclusive vocational education and training.



The project operates in three fields of activity:

  1. It advises BMZ on fundamental and cross-cutting issues. The aim is to develop the strategy for general and cross-sectoral topics in vocational education and training.
  2. The project contributes to positioning German vocational education and training cooperation. It helps BMZ to participate in relevant national, European and international forums and networks.
  3. In the context of the ‘TVET Future Lab’, the project prepares future-oriented approaches to vocational education and training – with a particular focus on modernisation and change in the working world.

The project has produced numerous publications and films to enhance the visibility of vocational education and training in development cooperation.

Last update: August 2021

Graduates of the ‘Women in the Driving Seat’ ATVET4W tractor training programme in Ghana

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