The sector project Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) supports BMZ with the further development of TVET strategies and approaches for German and international development policy. A central task is to provide comprehensive advisory services to the Ministry on current TVET trends and issues.. The project focuses on updating BMZ’s existing strategies and approaches in the field of TVET and raising their profile among actors working in development policy, both in Germany and at international level.
The sector project’s advisory approach builds on the findings and lessons learned from national and international discourses on TVET as well as from completed and ongoing TVET projects. Strategic recommendations and innovative topics are developed on this basis.
The sector project provides advisory services in three areas:
- Increasing the visibility of TVET in development cooperation
- Development of key innovative TVET topics
- Mainstreaming of topics in TVET projects
TVET has been steadily gaining relevance in German development policy since 2010. This is also reflected in the number of funding commitments made by BMZ to GIZ in this area, which have more than doubled during this period.
Germany is currently by far the world’s leading bilateral donor when it comes to promoting TVET. Funding provided under official development assistance (ODA) for TVET in recent years even exceeded the respective contributions of the EU Commission and the World Bank.
With the support of the sector project, BMZ has been able to position itself nationally and internationally on innovative topics and trends in TVET.
At the national level, inter-ministerial cooperation has been fostered through the German Government’s strategy on international TVET cooperation. In addition, the German position was strengthened in multilateral and international processes, for example in the discourse on formulating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank in May 2016 and secondment of staff to UNESCO-UNEVOC and the German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (GOVET).
The project has developed several TVET-related instruments, including an online- toolkit entitled ‘Learning and working in the informal economy – access, skills development and transition’. The toolkit provides information to support policy-makers and organisations working in this field. ,
The focus of BMZ involvement in TVET is primarily on information and communication technology (ICT), forced displacement and migration, skills development in the informal economy, TVET in rural areas and in the context of fragile states, and gender equality.