In many partner countries of German development cooperation, the private sector so far had little, if any, involvement in shaping the framework conditions for vocational education and training. Curricula, standards of training and examination standards are almost always set by state actors, often without considering the needs of the labour market. Upon completing their training, many are therefore unprepared for the requirements of jobs that match their training profiles. They are often unfamiliar with the actual work context.
There is also a lack of valid data and information on trends and developments in the labour market and the vocational training system. This means that an important basis for steering technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and employment policies is lacking.
Infrastructure programmes offer great potential for work-based training and employment of the local population; however, this is not yet adequately utilised. International construction companies are often unable to find skilled workers on local labour markets and instead draw on their own staff from third countries.
Together with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its national partners, Build4Skills is committed to strengthening the practical aspects of training: in Mongolia and Pakistan, trainees are deployed in ADB-funded infrastructure programmes and in-company trainers receive further training.
The prerequisites for using infrastructure programmes as a practical training location in the partner countries have been improved.