Build4Skills: Technical and vocational education and training in Pakistan and Mongolia

Project description

Title: Build4Skills
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Pakistan, Mongolia
Partners: Siemens Pakistan
Lead executing agency: Mongolia: Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MLSP)
Overall term: 2021 to 2022


In many partner countries of German development cooperation, the private sector is hardly involved in shaping vocational education and training. Curricula and examination standards are almost always defined by government agencies – and thus often fail to meet the needs of the private sector.


The funding of vocational education and training is often the sole responsibility of the state too. However, the participation of companies is important in order to ensure that training content meets private sector requirements.

With more than 220 million employees worldwide, the construction industry is an important training and employment market. Together with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and national partners, Build4Skills promotes practical training in the region.


Pilot measures for practice-oriented vocational education and training in the construction sector serve as a model for further projects.



Build4Skills is committed to tapping the potential of construction measures for practical training sequences.

The project also uses construction measures for practical training, with major infrastructure projects in Asia serving as training sites.

In Mongolia, Build4Skills is committed to working together with its partners to place trainees in construction companies, providing further training for in-company trainers and certifying informally acquired skills.

In Pakistan, Build4Skills and its partners organise training courses on didactics and occupational health and safety for employees of dedicated construction companies and provides trainees for practical phases. Moreover, Build4Skills has been involved in the development of national qualifications in the fields of scaffolding, formwork construction and masonry.

Build4Skills is working with Siemens Pakistan to place female trainees with Siemens for short-term training.

Last updated: August 2021