Vocational education in India

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Preparing young people for the regional and supra-regional labour market: GIZ IS was commissioned by the Government of Gujarat with the construction of five vocational training centres and the development of cur-ricula and teaching and course materials.

Title: Technical Assistance and Support Services in Establishing Vocational Training Centres for the Tribal Youths of Gujarat State
Commissioned by: Government of Gujarat
Financier: Government of Gujarat
Country: India
Overall term: August 2010 to November 2015
Project volume: EUR 2.4 million

The current ten-point plan of the Government of the Indian state of Gujarat is seeking to bring about sustainable development of the state’s infrastructure. One particular focus is on providing vocational support to the youth of ‘scheduled tribes’ (ST). The objective is to provide training for young people for the regional and supra-regional labour market, prepare them for employment and double the income of STs over the course of the next five years. The Tribal Development Department of Gujarat was given the task of implementing the ten-point programme.

The aim of the project is to support the construction of five vocational training centres in Gujarat in a public-private partnership model. The project seeks to improve the social and economic circumstances of ST members by providing employment-oriented training. All vocational training centres will be functionally and financially autonomous by the end of the project term.

GIZ IS was commissioned by the Tribal Development Department of Gujarat to provide advisory support for the construction and operation of five vocational training centres. As part of a public-private partnership, the project provides for the construction of vocational training centres in Paldi, Vaghodia, Vaghaldara, Dharampur and Dahod. These will serve as competence development centres and motors of growth for the region. Courses offered will include construction, manufacturing and hospital care management.


  • Labour market analysis,
  • curriculum development,
  • production of teaching and course materials for long-term and short-term courses in English and the regional language (Gujarati),
  • measures for training course trainers,
  • networking with local industries and enterprises,
  • monitoring and evaluation

Results achieved so far

  • All five vocational training centres are open and currently offer 16 training courses:
  • eight long-term courses (1-2 years) and eight and short-term courses (2-3 months).
  • Teaching also includes English, soft skills and computer studies.
  • The first group of graduates all found jobs and are now earning a daily wage of 400-500 Indian rupees (approx. EUR 6-7). (By comparison: those without a training certificate are earning around 150-200 Indian rupees per day (approx. EUR 2-3).


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